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Howard Sherman will present a keynote at the 2014 EdTA National Conference. Sherman is an arts consultant specializing in management and communications, as well as a writer about theatre and other arts. He was executive director of the American Theatre Wing (ATW) from 2003 to 2011. During that time, his varied responsibilities included serving as executive producer and occasional moderator of eighty-one editions of the television program Working in the Theatre, and creating and hosting 325 editions of the audio program Downstage Center. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of ATW’s National Theatre Company Grants program, and secured the organization’s first-ever funding from The Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Immediately prior to joining ATW, Sherman spent three years as executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, overseeing its educational and developmental programs, shepherding more than $1 million worth of physical plant upgrades, and re-branding the O’Neill through a coordinated communications initiative. Works developed during his tenure include August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, Lee Blessing’s Thief River and the musical Avenue Q. Sherman has taught and/or guest lectured at the Yale School of Drama, North Carolina School of the Arts, Emerson College, Brooklyn College, Hartt School of Music, SUNY Purchase, and University of Connecticut.

He is currently the U.S. correspondent and columnist for The Stage in London, and has contributed articles to American Theatre Magazine, National Public Radio, and The New York Times.

Sherman is a native of New Haven, Connecticut, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a resident of Manhattan. He blogs at and tweets as @hesherman.

Dr. Jonathan Katz will present a keynote at the 2014 EdTA National Conference. Katz has been chief executive officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) for more than twenty years. He is one of the primary spokespersons in the United States on behalf of the public value of the arts and cultural activities. NASAA guides the nation’s fifty-six state arts agencies, sharing knowledge and strategic thinking, developing leadership and professionalism, and advocating the value of the arts and culture. This year, under Katz’s guidance, state arts agencies and their regional consortia will manage $350-plus million in state, federal, and other funds.

Katz speaks and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits. He is a cofounder of the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts as the nation’s forum for the advancement of arts education. A former member of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO, Katz has advised the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies on its strategic planning, and has facilitated its CEO Seminar at world summits in England, Singapore, South Africa, and Australia.

Katz was awarded tenure as a full professor of public policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he directed the graduate arts administration program. He is a former director of The Children’s Museum of Denver, well known as a pioneering nonprofit in earned revenue enterprise, and the Kansas Arts Commission, one of the first state arts agencies to develop a network of local arts agencies. He writes a monthly NASAA column that is widely read by state arts agency leadership.