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Linda.Essig@asu.edu

Professor
School Film, Dance & Theatre
Faculty
Mail Code: 2002

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Student Information

Graduate Student
Public Administration & Policy
College of Public Programs

Bio

Linda Essig heads the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, which has helped over 30 student teams develop arts-based ventures for Arizona and beyond since its inception in 2005 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. Her current research is on the social value and organizational values of arts venture incubators.   Also a professional lighting designer,  Essig's design for the ASU production of Suzan–Lori Parks's "Venus" was part of the USA National Exhibit of theatrical design at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. Essig has designed lighting for theatres throughout the country including Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera, La Mama ETC, Pioneer Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre and others. Her work with Pave was funded by the Kauffman Foundation and she has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Tempe, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and others. She is the author of articles and book chapters on both arts entrepreneurship and lighting design as well as two books: Lighting and the Design Idea (third edition, January 2012) and The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change. She recently competed work as the director of evaluation for "Home in the Desert," an NEA-funded interdisciplinary community arts project. She has served on the boards of directors of the University/Resident Theatre Association, US Institute for Theatre Technology, and the Phoenix Fringe Festival. Prior to joining ASU, she was on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison for sixteen years.  Her blog, http://creativeinfrastructure.wordpress.com covers arts entrepreneurship, arts policy, higher education in the arts and, occasionally, cooking. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix

Current research projects: Arts venture incubator value creation and evaluation; entrepreneurship policy and governmentality

Research Interests

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

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 551 Arts Management

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 394 Special Topics
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THP 394 Special Topics

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 598 Special Topics
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THF 126 SoTF First Year Seminar
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THF 126 SoTF First Year Seminar
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THP 352 Fndatns of Arts Entreprenrshp
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
FMP 484 Internship
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THE 592 Research
THE 599 Thesis
THE 695 Continuing Registration
THE 792 Research
THE 799 Dissertation
THP 484 Internship
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
THP 783 Fieldwork

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THP 301 Theatre Production
THP 484 Internship
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Winter 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
FMP 484 Internship
THE 799 Dissertation
THP 484 Internship
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
THE 125 Orientation to Theatre & Film
THP 301 Theatre Production
THP 484 Internship
THP 499 Individualized Instruction

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
FMP 484 Internship
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 590 Reading and Conference
THE 592 Research
THE 695 Continuing Registration
THE 792 Research
THE 799 Dissertation
THP 484 Internship
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 684 Internship
THP 693 Applied Project
THP 783 Fieldwork

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Linda Essig. Stanley McCandless, Lighting History, and Me. Theatre Topics (2007).

  2. Linda Essig. On Their Shoulders: Women in Lighting Design. Theatre Design and Technology (2005).

  3. Essig, Linda. Lighting and the Design Idea. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning (2005).

  4. Linda Essig. Three Hours in the Light: Experiencing the Work of James Turrell. Theatre Design and Technology (2003).

  5. Review of: Architecture of the Night (2003).

  6. Essig, Linda. The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change; an oral history including commentary and interviews. Heinemann Drama (2002).

  7. Linda Essig. ?and the Market Decided: The Birth of DMX 512. Theatre Design and Technology (2000).

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Presentations

  1. Essig, Linda Light in the Theatre, Stagecraft.
  2. Essig, Linda Women Lighting Designers: Statistics and Trend Analysis. USITT annual conference.
  3. Essig, Linda Functions and Properties of Light. Environments Textiles and Design.
  4. Essig, Linda Light as Material. Visual Culture Faculty Research Forum.
  5. Essig, Linda The IES Theatre Lighting Task Group - A Working Session. LDI entertainment lighting trade show.
  6. Essig, Linda The IES Theatre Lighting Task Group - A Working Session. USITT national conference.
  7. Essig, Linda Opportunities for Theatre Department Graduates. Orientation to Theatre.
  8. Essig, Linda Theatrical Training for the Architectural Lighting Designer. USITT annual conference.
  9. Essig, Linda Designing for Actors Theatre of Phoenix. USITT annual conference.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Essig,Linda * . Arizona Art Tank Grant: Arizona Arts Entrepeneur Toolkit: Planning and Development. AZ COMM ON THE ARTS (1/1/2014 - 6/30/2014).
  2. Johnson,Elizabeth * , Essig,Linda , Etheridge Woodson,Stephani , Fitzgerald,Mary M , Mook,Richard W , . At Home in the Desert: Youth Engagement and Place. NEA (1/1/2012 - 3/31/2013).
  3. Essig,Linda * Bedard,Roger Lee . Theatre for Youth New Play Commission. AZ COMM ON THE ARTS (7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008).
  4. Smith,Jacqueline Vella * , Boradkar,Prasad , Boradkar,Prasad , Callahan,Christopher , Callahan,Christopher , Cannella,Albert , Crow,Michael M , De Los Santos,Kimberly Amber , Essig,Linda , Gillmore,Mary Louise Rogers , Hoffman,Dennis L , Hoffman,Dennis L , Jurik,Nancy C , Jurik,Nancy C , Lobo,Jose A , Melnyk,Bernadette Mazurek , Phillips,Elizabeth Deutsch , Regier,Philip Roger , Rikakis,Thanassis , Rosen,Julia Karen , Shafer,Terri , Van Der Leeuw,Sander , . University as Entrepreneur. KAUFFMAN FDN (1/24/2007 - 6/30/2012).
  5. Rivera-Servera,Ramon Hommy * Essig,Linda . Performance in the Borderlands Project: 2006-2007 Public Programs: Tempe. CITY OF TEMPE CULTURAL SERVICE (9/1/2006 - 5/15/2007).
  6. Essig,Linda * . Suzan Lori-Parks 'Venus' and African Diaspora Performance. NEA (1/1/2006 - 2/28/2006).

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Service

  1. Lemons Mentorship Program, Board of Advisors (2007 - present)
  2. Downtown Phoenix Campus Academic Advisory Commission (Provost's office), Committee member (2005 - present)
  3. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Affiliates Council, (2005 - present)
  4. Mexican/Mexican-American Cultural Arts Festival planning committee, Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Member (2005 - present)
  5. Arts and Business Gateway Development Committee (College of Fine Arts), Committee member (2004 - present)
  6. Kyrene Public Schools, Phoenix, Art Masterpiece volunteer (2004 - present)
  7. Play Selection Committee, Member (1993 - present)
  8. Regent's Professor Selection Committee (Provost's office), Committee member (2006 - 2008)
  9. Theatre Topics, Hohns Hopkins University Press, Manuscript reviewer (2007)
  10. ATHE Leadership Institute, Mentor (2006)
  11. Search Committee for University Provost (President's office), Committee member (2006)
  12. Arizona Commission on the Arts, Grant review panel (2005)
  13. Arizona State Playwriting Competition, Judge (2005)
  14. Search Committee for Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (Provost's office), Committee member (2005)
  15. Downtown/Capitol Center Campus Planning Committee (College of Fine Arts), Committee member (2004 - 2005)
  16. University/Resident Theatre Association, Board of Directors (2004 - 2005)
  17. Arts Institute Executive Committee, Committee member (2003 - 2004)
  18. Honorific Professorial Titles Committee, Chair (2002 - 2004)
  19. Madison Metropolitan School District, Classroom volunteer (2002 - 2004)
  20. Minority Student and Faculty Liaison, (2002 - 2004)
  21. Theatre Lighting Task Group, TTFL, Head (2002 - 2004)
  22. Committee on Honorary Degrees, Committee member (2000 - 2004)
  23. Access and Accommodation Resource Coordinator, Coordinator (1996 - 2004)
  24. IESNA Theatre, Television, and Film Lighting Committee (TTFL), Member (1995 - 2004)
  25. Sexual Harassment Contact Person, (1991 - 2004)
  26. University Theatre Production Committee, Member (1988 - 2004)
  27. University Theatre Staff Committee, Member (1988 - 2004)
  28. Conversations in Science: "From Page to Stage and the Science in Between", Speaker (2003)
  29. Arts Night Out architectural gateway lighting, Lighting Designer (2002)
  30. On-site review, Miami University of Ohio, External Evaluator (2002)
  31. Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Gallery, Overture project advisory board (2002)
  32. Curriculum Committee, Chair (2001 - 2002)
  33. Area Committee, Theatre Design and Technology, Chair (2000 - 2002)
  34. Theatre Design and Technology, Chair (2000 - 2002)
  35. Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Educational Materials Committee, Member (1989 - 2002)
  36. Costume Designer Search Committee, Chair (2001)
  37. On-site review, Vanderbilt University, External Evaluator (2001)
  38. Computational Sciences Cluster Hire Search Committee, Member (1999 - 2001)
  39. Madison Business Improvement District Capitol Dome Color Installation, Designer/specifier (2000)
  40. College of Letters and Science Facilities Planning Committee, Member (1995 - 2000)

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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