Director of Arts Entrepreneurship; Professor of Practice; and Director, Meadows Artist Bridge
James Hart has won numerous pedagogical awards and innovation honors. Hart is a professor of practice at Meadows School of the Arts, serving as director of Arts Entrepreneurship and director of the Meadows Artist Bridge. The Meadows Artist Bridge, designed by Hart, facilitates Meadows student entrepreneurship and professional work, and connects students with community members looking to hire talent. In addition to managing two minors in arts entrepreneurship and arts management, Hart is a faculty member in the M.M.I.A.M. master’s program. In summer 2019, he will teach M.M.I.A.M. courses in India.
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, 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 Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan and University of Massachusetts at Amherst, among others. Hart has given multiple keynote speeches and regularly advises universities and colleges that are developing arts entrepreneurship programs. He co-founded the Worldwide Art Collective theatre festival in Taichung, Taiwan.
Hart serves as co-chair for the special interest group Creative and Arts Entrepreneurship for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and is a co-founder and board member 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, co-advisor for the undergraduate SMU Entrepreneurship Club and serves on the organizing committee of the annual Dallas Festival of Ideas. He is also a partner at Social Venture Partners and a board member of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.
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, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and Dallas Theater Center, among others.
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 and exercises for the classroom. His games and exercises have been used in 18 universities.
AMAE 3387: Attracting Capital: Creative entrepreneurship and the acquiring of funds for arts and creative projects and ventures
AMAE 4390: Develop Creative Strategies: Planning for success in the arts, existing organizations and through creative entrepreneurship
AMAE 3370: Entrepreneurship and the Hero Adventure
Hart, James D. Classroom Exercises for Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
Hart, James. “Games for the Entrepreneurship Classroom.” Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy - 2016, edited by Michael H. Morris and Eric Liguori, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, vol. 2, pp. 381-384.
Beckman, Gary D. and Hart, James D. “Educating Arts Entrepreneurs: Does, Can or Should One Size Fit All?” Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines, edited by Satish Nambisan, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 2015.
Hart, James D. and Beckman, Gary D. “Arts Entrepreneurship: You Are Closer than You Think.” Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Live Performance, edited by Caridad Svich, Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
Articles and Essays
Hart, James D. “Arts Entrepreneurship and the Hero's Adventure,” Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Research, vol. 1, no. 1, 2015.
Hart, James D. “What if Artists Were Trained As Entrepreneurs?,” TCG Circle, Theatre Communications Group.
Hart, James D. “The Marble Game,” Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Summer 2015, vol. 1, issue 3, pp. 5-8.
Hart, James D. “Taking Stock,” Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Fall 2015, vol. 1, Issue 4, pp. 13-15.
Hart, James D. “Persona Ideation & 3 Ideas,” Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, Fall 2015, vol. 1, issue 4, pp. 22-26.
Hart has an upcoming book chapter, “Have a Classmate Tell Your Story,” in Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy – 2019, to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
SMU Provost's Teaching Recognition Award, 2018.
Sharon T. Alpi Award for Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship Pedagogy; national honor, Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education, by nomination and award committee vote, 2018.
USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) Third Place honor for original experiential exercise; by workshop paper submission, blind peer review and expert judge decisions as a result of live presentations, 2018.
USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation, awarded at USASBE conference for “Games for Teaching Arts Entrepreneurship,” 2016.
USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) First Place, conference Spark! contest, for Entrepreneurial Classroom Exercises, 2015.
USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) Award for Best Workshop, USASBE Conference, in collaboration with Julienne Shields of Millikin University and Megan Carpenter of Texas A&M, 2015.
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