2015 APACA Conference
Mobilise: Creating Momentum. Carriageworks, Sydney 17 – 20 August, 2015
Speaker: Duncan M Webb
Organisation: Webb Management Services Inc
Duncan’s career in the arts began onstage as a lovesick maiden in a 1969
production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. After college, he became a banker, spending seven years in commercial lending and international finance. In 1986, after many years of volunteer work in the arts, he came into the field as a producer of experimental, industrial, and commercial theatre, with such credits as the Canadian premieres of Changing Bodies, Children of a Lesser God, Blood Brothers, Orphans, Marshall Bravestarr, and Barbie and the Rockers. He also developed marketing and sponsorship programs for the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables.
In 1989, Duncan joined Theatre Projects Consultants as a management consultant, writing feasibility studies for a range of performing arts facilities and, ultimately, becoming the general manager of the North American practice of this consulting firm. He then spent two additional years at AMS Planning and Research, doing similar work before starting Webb Management Services in March 1997.
A Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Duncan has been an active speaker and published writer on arts management and the development, operation, and financing of arts facilities. Webb’s book, “Running Theaters: Best Practices for Managers and Leaders”, was the first book ever written on the management of performing arts facilities. He is a professor in New York University’s Graduate Program in Performing Arts Administration, where he teaches Finance and Planning for the Performing Arts and Principles and Practices of Performing Arts Administration, and is a regular contributor to the Clyde Fitch Report (clydefitchreport.com/author/duncan-webb/).
Duncan has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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