Arts Administration Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor of Art & Art History
Director of Arts Administration Program
Rebecca Miller is an Associate Professor and Program Chair for Art, Art History and the Arts Administration programs, as well as serving as the Director of the Pool Art Center Gallery and Drury on C-Street Gallery.
Rebecca teaches introductory and practicum arts administration courses as well as all levels of silver based photography, alternative photographic processes, digital photography, commercial photography, and the history of photography.
Rebecca’s mixed media photographic works range in concept from abuses of power and civil debate, especially in regards to the natural environment and American politics. She is also interested in architectural photography and has done a number of extensive documentary series of construction and demolition projects on Drury’s campus including the Pool Art Center, Tindle Mills and the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, 1993
M.F.A., Florida State University, 1998
Drury University faculty member since 2003
Associate Professor since 2009
Sara R. Leonard
Sara R. Leonard is an arts management consultant and researcher specializing in audience development, strategic planning, emerging leader development, and team building. Her experience includes more than a decade in nonprofit administration, including her most recent position as Manager of Concert Programming, Production, and Publicity at Amherst College. Current clients include Missouri Contemporary Ballet and the Delaware Valley Opera Company.
To complement her consulting with nonprofit arts organizations, Sara presented a paper entitled, “Creating Identity, Creating Community: Using Technology to Build Vital Organization-Based Audience Communities for the Performing Arts” at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, and co-led a roundtable discussion, “How to Create Communities: 4 Keys to Developing Loyal and Engaged Audiences,” with Steppenwolf Theatre at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, both in fall 2013. She has twice been an invited blogger for the National Arts Marketing Project Blog Salon.
In addition to her independent work, Sara collaborates on arts and cultural sector research with MBK Analytics, LLC. Her team is current recipient of a contract from the National Endowment for the Arts under which they are analyzing and writing a report on arts data from the General Social Survey, with emphasis on the motivations and barriers that impact arts attendance.
Sara finds opportunities for teaching to be among her favorite and most rewarding work, and is thrilled to work with Drury’s arts administration students. She also serves as a guest lecturer and adjunct thesis advisor for Goucher College’s MA in Arts Administration program, and will be an adjunct instructor at Westminster College (Fulton, MO) in Fall 2014.
Sara holds a BA in Theatre from Davidson College, and an MA in Arts Administration Goucher College, where she was 2012 recipient of the Jean Wilhelm Award for best graduate thesis paper for her community-generating approach to audience development for nonprofit theatre.
B.A., Davidson College, 2003
M.A., Goucher College, 2012
Scott Giffen, CFRE
Scott Giffen currently serves as the Vice President of Development for Greenville College in Illionois. He also is a senior consultant for Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc; providing national fundraising counsel and assessment services and creating and implement strategic fundraising and sponsorship marketing initiatives. As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Scott offers full-scale training for development officers, management executives and board members to maximize their fundraising potential
Previously, he served as the Executive Vice-President at the Creamery Arts Center. In this role, Scott led an innovative, multi-year collaborative endowment campaign in partnership with the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, SRO Lyric Theatre and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative.
He earned his degree in business with emphases in arts management and finance and vocal performance from Greenville College, where he was recently awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus. Scott also completed a masters-level intensive through New York University’s Visual and Performing Arts Administration program in Holland, Germany & Spain.
B.S., Business Management, Greenville College
Emilia Brown is a licensed attorney and legal translator. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas, and her Bachelor's in Speech from Northwestern University. She has worked as both a civil and criminal litigator. She earned a graduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Florence, Italy. While in Italy, she worked for the Spoleto Festival, and as an on-camera host for an arts and culture program. Other arts-related positions include The Kennedy Center's Festival of China, and touring as Kate in The Taming of the Shrew with The National Players.