(Diane) D.E. Ragsdale MA

(Diane) D.E. Ragsdale MA

(external) researcher Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of Arts & Culture Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Diane Ragsdale is a part-time adjunct lecturer at Erasmus University. In 2015 she will also be a Visiting Guest Lecturer/Artist at the business school of University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she will teach a 12-week course in beauty and aesthetics.

Alongside lecturing, Ragsdale is an external PhD student; her research centres on the evolution in the relationship between the non-profit and commercial theatre in the US over the past 60 years.

Ragsdale is a frequent panellist and speaker at performing arts conferences within and outside of the US. She also works as a consultant to private foundations and arts organizations. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, She served as associate programme officer in the Performing Arts Program at one of the foremost funders of the arts and humanities in the US, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, overseeing theatre and dance grants. Before joining the Foundation in 2004, Ragsdale served as managing director of the contemporary performing arts presenting organization, On the Boards (Seattle, Washington) and executive director of a destination music festival in the resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho, leading both organizations through successful turnarounds.

Prior work also includes stints at several film and live arts festivals. Ragsdale has worked as a consultant for both non-profits and for profits, as adjunct faculty at Boise State University (in the Department of Theater Arts), and, early in her career, as an actor, director and independent producer. She holds a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans.

      • D.E. Ragsdale (2012). Producer-Consumer Engagement: The Lessons of Slow Food for the Reflective Arts. In Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the United States (pp. 341-346). Winston-Salem, NC: ArtsEngaged
      • D.E. Ragsdale (2012). Creative Destruction. In C. Lord (Ed.), Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art (pp. 55-64). San Francisco: Theatre Bay Area
      • D.E. Ragsdale (2012). In the Intersection: Partnerships in the New Play Sector. (Extern rapport). Boston: Center for the Theater Commons / Howlround
  • (external) researcher

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
    Department of Arts & Culture Studies
    The Netherlands


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam