Faculty A-Z

  • Diane Ragsdale

    Assistant Professor of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship


    Diane Ragsdale is an Assistant Professor of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship in the College of Performing Arts and serves as Program Director for the MA program. She is also currently a doctoral candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam (in the Netherlands), where she lectured 2011-2015 in the cultural economics and sociology of the arts programs. 

    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 as a visiting guest lecturer for the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. 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 2004-2010, 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 held part-time stints at a handful of other US music, arts, and film festivals (Sundance, Seattle International Film Festival, WOMAD USA, and Bumbershoot). Early in her career Diane trained and worked as a theatermaker.

    Diane divides her time between the USA (New York) and the Netherlands, where her husband is based. For more information please see her extended bio.


    Office Hours:

    Meetings by appointment M-W, afternoons and evenings.

    Degrees Held:

    Doctoral candidate, Erasmus University Rotterdam
    M.F.A. Acting & Directing University of Missouri-Kansas City
    B.F.A. Theatre, Tulane University (Newcomb College)
    B.S. Psychology, Tulane University (Newcomb College)
    Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, Stanford University School of Social Innovation

    Professional Affiliations:

    Editorial Board, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts (since 2011)
    Faculty, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (since 2017)
    Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar (2017, 2012, 2010)
    Founding Advisory Board, The HowlRound Journal (2011-2017)
    Founding Member, Lincoln Center Global Exchange (2015-2016)

    Recent Publications:

    “On Entrepreneurship and Publicness (Or, Whose Theatre is it, Really?).” Artivate 6(1), 4-7 (Winter 2017).
    “Transformation or Bust: When Hustling Ticket Sales and Contributions is Just Not Cutting it Anymore.” Transcript of a talk published over two issues of ArtsReach Magazine, XXV(1) and XXV(2) 5-8 (2017).

    Research Interests:

    My doctoral dissertation (in process) 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 Much of my research and writing concerns the relationship between economics, aesthetics, and ethics.