Diane Ragsdale

Diane Ragsdale

Diane Ragsdale

Diane Ragsdale (US/NL) is a cultural economist.

Diane is currently attending Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is researching the impact of economic forces on US nonprofit regional theaters since the 80′s and working towards a PhD in cultural economics.

Before moving to Europe, Diane worked in the Performing Arts program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she had primary responsibility for theater, dance, and technology-related strategies and grants. Before joining the Foundation, Diane served as managing director of the contemporary performing arts center On the Boards (Seattle, Washington) and executive director of a destination music festival in the resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho. Prior work also includes stints at the Sundance Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, Peter Gabriel's WOMAD USA, and Bumbershoot, Seattle's Arts Festival.  She has worked as a consultant for both nonprofits and for profits, as adjunct faculty at Boise State University (in the Department of Theater Arts), and, early in her career, as an actor, director and independent producer. 

Diane is a frequent panelist, provocateur, or keynote speaker at arts conferences within and outside of the US (notable addresses include Surviving the Culture Change and The Excellence Barrier) and has contributed articles to several publications, including Recreating Fine Arts Institutions, which was published in the fall 2009 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  She holds an MFA in Acting & Directing from University of Missouri Kansas City and a BS in Psychology and BFA in Theater from Tulane University. In 2002, she attended the inaugural Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (a program of National Art Strategies).


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