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April 14, 2008 – Alternative Legal Careers – Arts Management

Alan SalzensteinSalzenstein discusses nontraditional career paths in the areas of performing arts, music, theatre and dance, including the value and marketability of a legal education and credentials in the arts.

Alan Salzenstein, head of DePaul University’s MFA/Arts Leadership Program, is an arts administrator, educator, theatrical producer, consultant and attorney. He was founding executive director for the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, director and adjunct professor of the MBA Arts Management Program at Roosevelt University, and managing director of many Chicago area arts organizations, including Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park, Chicago’s Pegasus Players, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace and Halsted Theatre Centre. He produced the League of Chicago Theatres’ “SHOWTIME 2002!” honoring the Chicago Tribune’s longtime chief critic Richard Christiansen, as well as several Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies.

Salzenstein has held board positions with the League of Chicago Theatres, the Producers Association of Chicago-area Theatres, and the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. He also has been active with Theatre Communications Group and the Chicago Bar Association and has been a frequent speaker or moderator on numerous arts management panels. A member of the Bar of the State of Illinois, he received his law degree from Chicago Kent and bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana.

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