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Jim Hart

SMU
Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship
James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. Hart is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as interim chair for the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, and director of Arts Entrepreneurship. Hart currently administers two AMAE masters programs (M.A./M.B.A. and M.M. in International Arts Management), two undergraduate minors (Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship)Jim Hart holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University and MFA from Yale School of Drama. He has served as an actor, director, writer, and producer and performed in major theatres throughout the U.S., including Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival and others. His artistic work has been seen in America, Russia, Norway, Taiwan, Denmark, Iran, and Turkey. A serial entrepreneur, Hart founded the first professional theatre conservatory dedicated to Arts Entrepreneurship (The International Theatre Academy Norway), co-founded the Worldwide Art Collective International Performance Festival (Taiwan), Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts (Austin) and is a co-founder of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education.
Hart now directs the Arts Entrepreneurship program at Southern Methodist University. Some of Hart’s service includes serving on the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts board, the organizing committee for Dallas Festival of Ideas, as a partner with Social Venture Partners and is a founding member SMU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board (EIAB). He advises university programs forming arts entrepreneurship initiatives and has published several book chapters for Theatre Communications Group, Edward Elgar Publishing, and USASBE, as well as multiple peer-reviewed articles. Hart has won six major awards in the past four years, including the Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation (USASBE), the Provost’s Teaching Award (SMU) and now the Sharon T. Alpi Award for Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship Pedagogy, to name a few. For more on Hart’s work, check out his bio.The Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to advancing formal training and high educational standards for arts entrepreneurship education.