Diane Ragsdale

Lecturer, Theater Management

has recently joined the New School in NYC as Assistant Professor in the College of Performing Arts and Program Director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship for artists launching in the 2017-2018 academic year. Diane is currently a doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam (in the Netherlands), where she lectured from 2011 to 2015 in the cultural economics and sociology of the arts programs. Her dissertation concerns the evolution in the relationship between the US commercial and nonprofit theater over the past 60 years. Diane is also author of the arts and culture blog, Jumper, published on ArtsJournal.com. Much of Diane‚Äôs research and writing concerns the relationship between economics, aesthetics, and ethics.

Alongside her post at the New School, Diane teaches a one-week intensive in aesthetics and beauty through the leadership program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. The Banff course is an extension and variation on a course she first designed in 2015 as a visiting guest lecturer for the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to lecturing (in both academic and professional settings), Diane provides a range of advising, research, and education services to the arts and culture sector (in the US and abroad); is a frequent provocateur or interlocutor at arts conferences and symposia around the world; and has contributed articles to various trade publications and blogs over the past decade. 

From 2004 to 2010, Diane was a program officer for theater and dance at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in NYC; and, before that, she served as managing director of the contemporary performing arts center On the Boards (Seattle) and executive director of an eclectic music festival in the small resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho. She also had stints at a handful of other US music, arts, and film festivals, most notably, Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival, WOMAD USA, and Bumbershoot. Early in her career Diane trained and worked as a theatermaker.