Linda Essig


Linda EssigEnterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs

Linda Essig is Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in the 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 current research is on value creation by and evaluation of arts 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 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 has served on the boards of directors of the University/Resident Theatre Association, US Institute for Theatre Technology, and the Phoenix Fringe Festival and currently serves on the board of Rising Youth Theatre. Prior to joining ASU, she was on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison for sixteen years. Her blog, 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