Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice
James Hart is an award-winning Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Practice at Meadows School of the Arts, where he manages two minors, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship.
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 and 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 Ren University in Taipei, Taiwan and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among others. Recently, Hart gave the keynote speech, “Confluence: Music, Culture and Community,” at the 2014 College Music Society’s South Central regional conference at University of Arkansas–Fort Smith.
Hart serves as co-chair for the special interest group Entrepreneurship in the Arts for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and is a co-founder of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE). 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 serves on the Organizing Committee of the Dallas Festival of Ideas. He is also a Partner at Social Venture Partners.
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, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center and others. He co-founded the World-wide Art Collective theatre festival in Taichung, Taiwan.
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.
Jim Hart is the author of many arts entrepreneurship games for the classroom. His games and exercises have been used in over a dozen universities.
Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. has recently contracted Hart to write a book on his cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship exercises.
Beckman, Gary D. and Hart, James A. Chapter: “Educating Arts Entrepreneurs: Does, Can or Should One Size Fit All?” In Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines, authored by Satish Nambisan. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2015.
Hart, James A. and Beckman, Gary D. Essay: “Arts Entrepreneurship: You Are Closer than You Think.” In Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Live Performance, edited by Theatre Communications Group. New York City, NY: Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
Upcoming: “Games for the Entrepreneurship Classroom” in the “Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education” section of the Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, Volume 2. The book will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in late 2016.
Articles and Essays
“Arts Entrepreneurship and the Hero's Adventure,” Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research, June 3, 2014, Vol. 1, 49-70.
“What if Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs?,” Theatre Communications Group website
“The Marble Game”, Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Summer, 2015, Volume 1, Issue 3, 5-8.
“Taking Stock”, Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Fall, 2015, Volume 1, Issue 4, 13-15.
“Persona Ideation & 3 Ideas”, Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Fall 2015, Volume 1, Issue 4, 22-26.
First place, 2015 USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference Spark! contest, for Entrepreneurial Classroom Exercises.
Award for Best Workshop, 2015 USASBE Conference, in collaboration with Julienne Shields of Millikin University and Megan Carpenter of Texas A&M.
Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation, awarded at the 2016 USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference for “Games for Teaching Arts Entrepreneurship”.
Hart is on the editorial board for three academic journals:
The Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research
The Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education
Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal