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LEAP 520 - Technology in Arts Management

  • 3 credits

Technology is a vital aspect of 21st century art and arts management. Lately it seems as though new programs and applications come along every week. This course explores the use of technology in ways most commonly encountered by arts managers in various capacities. We will learn the industry standard, Adobe™ suite, for creating visual products such as programs, flyers, and posters. We will explore various AI tools and learn to use them effectively, ethically, and legally. We will strive to understand the impact of technology on the arts over time and where it is headed in the future so that no matter the innovations, you will be ready to embrace them.

Textbooks and Materials

In place of a textbook, students will be required to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud (student discount will apply).


Zhanna Gurvich

Zhanna Gurvich has been creating memorable theatrical experiences for over 30 years. She is a multifaceted arts professional who has designed and developed hundreds of events from funky performance art pieces in Greenwich Village to lavish Broadway musicals to booths at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas to Hollywood films to school and community fundraisers to elaborately themed birthday parties for her kids.
As an award-winning designer she has developed visual worlds for The Susan Marshall Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, and the Juilliard Theatre. She received an HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design for her work on La Llorona at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.
Zhanna's Broadway credits include: Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce, High Fidelity, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweet Smell of Success starring John Lithgow, White Christmas, Shrek the Musical, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Whoopie Goldberg, and Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters.  On the big screen, she helped design The Replacements, a film starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman and won recognition for her designs of Valerie Says and Stone Mansion, featured in The American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and the Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase.
Zhanna is the General Manager at In Living Colored Productions, a company that strives to produce meaningful, though provoking, multicultural theatre for the community and the educational system. She has served as General Manager and Production Manager at Bas Bleu Theatre and she teaches Arts Management and Theatrical Design classes at CSU.
Zhanna is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Clark University, and an M.F.A. in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University.  Visit her website at