Linda Essig is director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, which, as Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, helped more than three dozen student teams develop arts-based ventures for Arizona and beyond since its inception in 2006 and publishes the only research journal in the field,Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. She was the first director of the ASU School of Theatre and Film, now the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, where she also served as artistic director of the school's MainStage Season from 2004–2010.
Essig's research interests include value creation by and evaluation of arts incubators; the relationship between art, money, and entrepreneurial action; and factors affecting individual artist success. As a lighting designer, her work has been seen at theatres across the country including Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera, La Mama ETC, Pioneer Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre and others, and in the USA National Exhibit of theatrical design at the Prague Quadrennial. Her work has been funded by the Kauffman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Tempe, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
She is the author of articles and book chapters on both arts entrepreneurship and lighting design as well as three books: "Lighting and the Design Idea" (third edition, January 2012), "The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change," and "The Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit." She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Association for Arts Administration Educators and Rising Youth Theatre. Prior to joining ASU, she was on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison for 16 years. Her blog covers arts entrepreneurship, arts policy, higher education in the arts and, occasionally, cooking. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix.
Arts entrepreneurship; arts and culture policy; social impact of the arts; lighting Design; interdisciplinary approaches to the study and practice of theatre and film production; history of design and entertainment technology
“Same or Different: The ‘Arts Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship’ Constructs in U and European Higher Education,” Cultural Trends, forthcoming 2017.
“Value Creation and Evaluation in Arts Incubators: A Cross-case Analysis,” International Journal of Arts Management, forthcoming, 2017.
“Means and Ends: A Theory Framework for Understanding Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Arts and Culture Sector,” Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 45 (4), 2015.
Taylor, E.A., Bonin-Rodriguez, P., and Essig, L. “Perspectives on Arts Entrepreneurship, Part 1.” Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts 4 (1), 3-7, 2015.
“Arts Incubators: A Typology,” Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society 44(3), 169-180, 2014.
“Ownership, Failure, And Experience: Goals And Evaluation Metrics Of University-Based Arts Venture Incubators,” Entrepreneurship Research Journal 4(1), pp. 117-135, 2014.
*“Frameworks for Educating the Artist of the Future: Habits of Mind for Arts Entrepreneurship,” Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts 1 (2), 2013.
+ “Slow and Fast Learning in the Digital Age,” Symposium Magazine, August 2013.
Beckman, G. and Essig, L. “Arts Entrepreneurship: A Conversation,” Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts 1(1), 2012.
“Teaching Theatre Students to Think Entrepreneurially,” Stage Directions 25(10), 2012.
Essig, L., Rodger, D., Smith, R.L., Tosti-Lane, D. “Thoughts from the Curators,” Theatre Design and Technology 47, (4), Fall 2011.
“Suffusing Entrepreneurship into Theatre Curricula” Theatre Topics, September, 2009.
“Stanley McCandless, Lighting History, and Me,” Theatre Topics, March, 2007.
“On Their Shoulders: Women in Lighting Design,” Theatre Design and Technology, Fall 2005.
“Three Hours in the Light: Experiencing the Work of James Turrell,” Theatre Design and Technology, Summer 2003.
Essig, L. and Guevara, J. A Landscape of Arts Entrepreneurship in US HIgher Education, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, 2017.
“Networking and Entrepreneurial Success: A Review of Literature,” Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, 2016. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35297.71525
Flanagan, M. and Essig, L. “Artist Professional Development Needs: Findings and recommendations from a survey of artists and organizations,” Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, 2016. DOI 10.13140/RG.2.1.2956.2003
Essig, L. and Flanagan, M. “How It’s Being Done: Arts Business Training Across the US,” Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, 2015. DOI 10.13140/RG.2.1.1252.8081
The Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit.
Essig, L. and Setlow, J. Lighting and the Design Idea, 3rd Edition, Cengage Learning, 2012.
Lighting and the Design Idea, 2nd Edition Los Angeles: Wadsworth/Thomson. Significantly revised and expanded from previous edition, 2005.
The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change; Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2002.
Lighting and the Design Idea. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1997. 238 pages; 138 black and white illustrations (85 by author) and 12 color (3 by author).
“n=1” in S. Woodson and T. Underiner (eds) Theatre, Performance, and Theories of Change. Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming, 2017.
Hong-Jo, C., Essig, L., and Bridgstock, R. “The Enterprising Artist and the Arts Entrepreneur: Emergent pedagogies for new disciplinary habits of mind” in N. Chick (ed.) Exploring Signature Pedagogies II, Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011.
“Arden Fingerhut: A Unique Approach and Prolific Career” invited submission to B. Owen (ed.) Late and Great: American Designers 1960-2010, Broadway Press, 2010.
“John Gleason: Master Colorist and Master Teacher,” invited submission to B. Owen (ed.) Late and Great: American Designers 1960-2010, Broadway Press, 2010.
“A Primer on the History of Stage Lighting,” invited submission to Documenting: Lighting Design Performance Arts Resource #25 Theatre Library Association, 2007. Reprinted with revisions in Theatre Design & Technology, Spring 2016.
|Course Number||Course Title|
|HDA 593||Applied Project|
|Course Number||Course Title|
|THP 452||Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar|
|THP 494||Special Topics|
|THF 497||Senior Project|
|THP 499||Individualized Instruction|
|THP 552||Arts Entrepreneurship|
|HDA 595||Continuing Registration|
|THP 598||Special Topics|