Teaching an Artistic Staff the Skills of Leadership: A Case Study in Practical Application of Leadership Principles in the Arts

By Anthony Rhine and Sarah Clare Meyer.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Utilizing a case study, the authors examine a course on leadership training in the arts, and document their devised study of “guided reflective learning,” whereby participants are led through a process of reflecting upon how their thoughts might affect group decision-making, and how their actions can change as their understanding of the group changes. The authors present the “guided reflective learning” process for leadership training as a three-part process of awakening, discovery, and breakthrough; a process which allows participants in a controlled environment to learn and feel what the leadership process is so that it can be reproduced in the business setting.

Keywords: Leadership, Management, Business

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 574.143KB).

Anthony Rhine

Assistant Chair, Assistant Professor, Director of MFA in Theatre Management, Department of Theatre, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Anthony S. Rhine is currently a professor of theatre and the director of the Theatre Management MFA at Wayne State University, prior to which he served as executive director of three major producing theatres over the course of fifteen years. His study of leadership in the arts and his model for teaching it is used by businesses across the United States. He has produced and directed scores of theatrical productions, written works that have been produced throughout the United States and on tours in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. He is currently writing the book of the musical “Mermaids,” for MGM On Stage.

Sarah Clare Meyer

Wayne State University, Michigan, USA

Sarah Clare Meyer is an artist and administrator who has collaborated with organizations such as Pig Iron Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Barrington Stage Company and Stuart Thompson Productions. She received her Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Vocal Performance from Hope College.


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