Instructor of Arts Administration
Director of Arts Administration Program
Leah Hamilton comes to Drury from the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) where she served as Executive Director until 2013. Under Hamilton’s leadership, the SRAC stabilized its funding, expanded its programming and facilities at The Creamery Arts Center, co-chaired the Arts & Culture plan element of the City of Springfield’s Field Guide 2030 strategic plan, increased the SRAC’s membership, developed a stronger working partnership between the SRAC and Springfield-Greene County Parks, and instituted new programs for corporate development and professional training for SRAC members.
Leah was honored to receive the Springfield Regional Arts Council’s Leadership “Ozzie” Award in 2013 as well as the 2013 Spotlight Award by the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in 2012 and featured in their 40 under 40 class in 2009.
Leah currently serves as Vice President for Missouri Citizens for the Arts and is on the Springfield committee for the John F. Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program.
Hamilton is also an accomplished singer who currently performs with the Kansas City, Mo.-based ensemble Octarium and has appeared in a number of Springfield productions for Springfield Regional Opera Lyric Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and the Springfield Symphony.
B.M. Music - Voice Performance, University of Kansas, 2004
PGDip, Post-Graduate Diploma, Music - Voice Performance, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 2006
M.S. Arts Administration – Drexel University (2016)
Drury University faculty member since 2013
Instructor since 2011
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 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 Carlson is a licensed attorney in Missouri. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas, and her Bachelor's in Speech from Northwestern University. 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 if the Shrew with The National Players.
Meganne Rosen O’Neal is the co-owner of Arts & Letters, a gallery located in downtown Springfield. A&L is a unique business in that everything in the boutique and gallery is locally or regionally produced. In this role, MRO has experience coordinating over one-hundred artists in a for-profit business structure as well as marketing and promoting events. Arts & Letters is a member of First Friday Art Walk and Meganne is a member of its Strategic Planning Committee.
Meganne is also very involved in the not-for-profit sector of Springfield’s art scene. She is beginning her second term on the Springfield Regional Arts Council Board of Directors as the new vice president of the board, chairman of the Visual Arts Committee and live art coordinator for Artsfest. She is also the go-to person for show hanging and coordination in the exhibition hall at the Creamery Arts Center.
As a founding member and current operating committee member of ideaXfactory. ideaXfactory is a space for installation art and idea eXploration located in the heart of Springfield’s creative scene, the Idea Commons, Meganne has garnered a wealth of experience in partnering with various other creative entities including the city of Springfield, Art of Space, RuBert Studios, Missouri State University, Drury University, OTC, Sister Cities and numerous outside artists. ideaXfactory is an Art Place America grant recipient and continues to seek funding through grant writing and partnership opportunities.
Meganne was voted 417 Magazine’s Most Creative Mind in the 2015 “Best Of 417” issue. In addition to her business related endeavors in the Springfield artistic community, she is also an accomplished painter with a focus in large scale, abstract acrylic work. One of her pieces will be featured in the 2015 Watercolor USA show at the Springfield Art Museum.
She comes to Drury’s arts administration department after teaching fiber arts in MSU’s art and design department for the last four years.
B.A., Art History, Drury University
M.A., Studio Art and Theory, Drury University
Iván Garnica is from Kansas City, MO. He obtained his Associates degree from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and transferred to Drury to finish his Bachelor's in Arts Administration and Art History.
During his time at Drury, he had a six-month internship with Sculpture Walk Springfield, a newly created nonprofit focused on the rejuvenation of parks and public art in Springfield. Iván was the communications intern and was in charge of creating a website featuring all the photography he took of the art along with a page dedicated to donations. Iván also created a database of all the public art in Springfield with artist names and locations.
Once graduated in May, he took the graduate assistant position for the Arts Admin and the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship in order to finish his Master's in Communication with an emphasis in Nonprofits. Iván is the Drury on C Street gallery manager and will be helping the practicum class for the next two years.
Hannah Beckmann is from St. Louis, MO and came to Drury in the Fall of 2014. She is currently a sophomore and is studying arts administration and theatre. She worked as the Arts Administration Office Assistant over the past year and has once again taken the position for the upcoming academic year.