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James Hart

Southern Methodist University
Director of Arts Entrepreneurship; Professor of Practice, Meadows School of the Arts
James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. He is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as director of Arts Entrepreneurship and director of the Meadows Artist Bridge. The Meadows Artist Bridge, designed by Hart, facilitates Meadows student entrepreneurship and professional work, and connects students with community members looking to hire talent. In addition to managing two minors in arts entrepreneurship and arts management, Hart is a faculty member in the M.M.I.A.M. master’s program and serves as Faculty-in-Residence of McElvaney Commons at SMU.

Hart is the founder and former dean of TITAN Teaterakademi (The International Theatre Academy Norway), a full-time accredited conservatory for theatre entrepreneurship in Oslo, Norway, the first of its kind in Europe. He also served as artistic director for TITAN’s producing entity, Teatergruppe, for six years. Before founding TITAN, Hart taught classes as a guest lecturer at several institutions, including the Yale School of Drama, New York University, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Tufts University, Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among others. Hart has given multiple keynote speeches and regularly advises universities and colleges that are developing arts entrepreneurship programs, and he has served as a guest speaker for the U.S. Department of State. He co-founded the Worldwide Art Collective theatre festival in Taichung, Taiwan.

Hart is a co-founder of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE), the first academic society for arts entrepreneurship education. Meadows School of the Arts held the inaugural SAEE conference in June 2014. Hart is a member of the SMU Big iDeas steering committee and SMU Incubator steering committee, serves on the SMU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board and is a faculty advisor on the Meadows Dean’s Advisory Council on Creativity, Innovation and Empowerment. Hart currently serves as assistant vice president of programming and as a board member for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and he is a partner at Social Venture Partners, Dallas. There, he served as co-curriculum developer for the The Dana Juett Residency. Hart also advises other universities in the creation of arts entrepreneurship programs and curricular initiatives around experiential learning for entrepreneurship.

Artistically, Hart has earned credit and recognition as an actor, director, writer and producer. As an actor, he has played roles at Yale Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and Dallas Theater Center, among others. Other artistic work of Hart’s has been seen in America, Russia, Taiwan, Iran, Denmark and Turkey.

Hart earned his M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama in 1999 and graduated from SMU with a B.F.A. in theatre in 1996.

Hart is the author of many experiential entrepreneurship exercises for the classroom. His games, simulations, demonstrations and exercises have been used in dozens of universities in the U.S. and abroad.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, March 25

10:35am EDT