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Martin Vinik

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Mr. Vinik received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.F.A. from the Program in Arts Administration at Columbia University. Originally an actor and a stage director, Mr. Vinik was co-founder and General Director of We Tickle the Earth's Belly, the resident theatre company of the Boston Center for the Arts in the 1970's. He began to work as a management consultant in the performing arts in 1978.

Mr. Vinik joined the theatre consulting firm Sachs Morgan Studio in 1982. He became General Manager of the firm in 1984 and Director of Planning Services the following year, a position he held until departing in 2001 to devote his efforts to his own firm, Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts llc. He is a specialist in theatre design, Management and strategic planning for performing arts projects and organizations of all kinds.

Mr. Vinik's clients at MVPA have ranged from New York City's Theatre Development Fund to Jerzy Grotowski's Objective Drama Program at the University of California, Irvine, along with numerous theatre companies and arts centers. During his tenure at Sachs Morgan Studio, Mr. Vinik worked with arts centers such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and the Denver Arts Center; arts districts in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Providence, and New York City; non-profit and commercial developers and public development corporations; dozens of top symphony orchestras, theatre companies, and opera companies across North America; and over 40 universities, conservatories, and public and private schools.

Since 1988, Mr. Vinik has taught in the Program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Vinik has long had a special interest in arts education. His theatre company, We Tickle the Earth's Belly, was the resident theatre company of the Boston Children's Museum in the 1970's. In 1977 Mr. Vinik created the experimental performing arts program for the Jackson-Mann School, the Boston School Department's school for the deaf and hearing-impaired, and he later served as a consultant on the performing arts to the Massachusetts Department of Education. His current clients at MVPA include over a dozen public performing arts magnet high schools, private secondary schools, and professional teaching programs.

A&HG 4575: Master's seminar in arts administration

Permission from program coordinator required. Full-time degree candidates only. Required for all master’s students. Guided independent work culminating in the development of a comprehensive research plan and methodology to produce the culminating master’s essay. 

A&HG 4576: Master's seminar in arts administration B: Research apprenticeship

Interview required. Supervised individual apprenticeship to ongoing projects in arts management, arts law, arts and cultural policy.

A&HG 5173: Principles and practice in arts administration: Performing arts

Permission from professor required. Prerequisite: A&HG 4170. A continuation of A&HG 4170 with special reference to administration and practice within performing arts organizations, including music, dance, and theater.

A&HG 5175: Business policy and planning for the arts manager

Permission from professor required. Designed to integrate arts administration coursework from business, law, and the arts. Moves from the financial, cultural, and political environment to strategic planning tools to specific arts situations in the creation and implementation of policy and planning objectives.