Please join me in welcoming Diane Ragsdale as the Director of the new MA in Creative Leadership (MACL) and Scholar and Faculty in Creative Leadership.
The MA in Creative Leadership is an accelerated fifteen-month, online program--bracketed by two week-long residencies in Minneapolis--for individuals who seek the knowledge and skills to navigate changes in their careers, organizations, and communities. The program will launch in the summer of 2022.
Diane will join our community on October 1 and brings a breadth of experience providing visionary leadership within academia, arts and culture organizations, and philanthropy. Her biography follows.
Diane (MFA) is a speaker, writer, researcher, lecturer, and advisor on a range of arts and culture topics, having given nearly 80 keynote addresses, lectures, or presentations at universities, arts conferences, and symposia around the world.
From 2017-2020 Ragsdale was an assistant professor at The New School in Manhattan, where she successfully launched and directed a one-of-a-kind MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for performance-based artists. At The New School she also designed, secured funding for, and launched a new graduate minor in Creative Community Development in collaboration with Parsons School of Design and the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment.
Ragsdale serves as Director of the Cultural Leadership Program at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity (in Canada) and as adjunct faculty at Yale University, where she teaches a workshop on Aesthetic Values in a Changed Cultural Context. She is also a part-time doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam (in the Netherlands), where she was a lecturer from 2011-2015 in the cultural economics and sociology of the arts programs. Her doctoral research concerns the relationship between the commercial and nonprofit theater in the US.
Ragsdale authors the blog, Jumper, on ArtsJournal.com, wrote the 2012 field report In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector, and has penned several essays, including: "To What End Permanence," for A Moment on the Clock of the World (Haymarket 2019) and "Post-Show" for the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts.
Before her career in higher education, Ragsdale oversaw all theater and dance grantmaking at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, was the managing director of On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts center in Seattle, and executive director of a destination music festival in Sandpoint, Idaho.
She holds an MFA in Acting & Directing from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a BS in Psychology and BFA in Theater from Tulane University. She was part of Stanford University's inaugural Executive Program for Nonprofit Arts Leaders, produced in partnership with National Arts Strategies. Among others, she is on the board of Anne Bogart's SITI Company.
Thank you for helping me to welcome Diane to MCAD.
Vice President of Academic Affairs