Dr. Linda Essig

Arizona State University

Professor and Director, Herberger Institute Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs, MFA Theatre (Arts Entrepreneurship and Management)
Arizona State University

, Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership
Arizona State University

Arts Entrepreneurship and Management Program
PO Box 872002
Tempe, Arizona 85287
United States

Linda Essig is Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, including the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, which has helped over 30 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. Her 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, 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. She 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 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, available through the Pave Program. 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 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