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The Da Vinci Mindset

Speaker: Dean Susan Solt
Dean Susan Solt
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 5:20pm
Second Stage, Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Arts Division

For the first lecture in the 2018 Arts Dean's Lecture Series on Creative Entrepreneurship, Distinguished Professor and UC Santa Cruz Arts Dean Susan Solt delivers a lively talk on The Da Vinci Mindset. Susan was previously a producer of such major feature films as Presumed Innocent (starring Harrison Ford) and Doc Hollywood (starring Michael J. Fox) for Warner Bros. Susan’s film career began with Sophie’s Choice (starring Meryl Streep) and included eight years in New York as Academy Award-winning director Alan J. Pakula's producer. Susan then founded her own start-up venture as president of Dryads Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company with a distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. This was followed by a stint as senior vice-president of production for Miramax Films. She then taught at CalArts where for nearly a decade she served as dean of the School of Theater and founding producer/artistic director of the Center for New Theater. She earned her MFA in theater administration from Yale School of Drama, her MA in African-American Studies, and soon a PhD in history from UCLA. As a scholar, Susan writes on Shakespeare’s Othello and the construction of race.

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The 2018 Arts Dean’s Lecture Series on Creative Entrepreneurship is part of the Arts Division’s new creative entrepreneurship initiative entitled Artist21, this year’s series features a distinguished roster of arts practitioners, creatives, educators, and advocates who provide illuminating insights, practical tools, and personal stories on how to shape an artistic or arts-related career in the 21st century.

As a component of the course THEA 7-01 taught by Dean Susan Solt with Co-Instructor Nada Miljkovic, the series is open to graduates and undergraduates. Non-arts students are also welcome to enroll in the course and attend the series. The public is invited.  

Sponsors: UC Santa Cruz Arts Division, Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Theater Arts Department, U.S. Bank

Speakers are subject to change.

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FREE and open to the public
Parking $4 by permit (available from paystation vending machine in the Arts parking lot #126 after 4:30PM).