Anna Rosser Upchurch
Candidate, Ph.D., Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. Research interest: arts council model.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Duke University. September 2003.
Certificate in Non-profit Management, Duke University Continuing Education, 1998.
B.A. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980.
Professional Employment History
Communications Manager, Department of Theater Studies, Duke University, Box 90680, Durham, North Carolina, 27708. January 1999 to September 2003. Current status: Educational leave.
Plan and implement communications, both on-campus and off-campus, for the Department of Theater Studies; plan and implement marketing for student and professional productions under the direction of the Director of Theater.
Self-employed public relations consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina. January 1994–1999.
Provided planning and implementation of public relations activities including media relations, publication development, and special event management for nonprofit organizations, including the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Duke University Dept. of Theater Studies, and the North Carolina Museum of History.
Communications Officer, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, N.C. December 1987-August 1993.
Supervised media relations, publications management, and special event planning for this
state-owned and state-operated art museum.
Self-employed free-lance writer and public relations consultant, Raleigh, N.C. July 1985-December 1987.
Upon relocating from Charlotte to Raleigh, I provided free-lance writing and public relations assistance to a variety of clients and public relations agencies.
Public Relations Director, Spirit Square Arts Center, Charlotte, N.C. June 1983-June 1985.
Planned and implemented public relations and marketing campaigns for this multi-disciplinary arts center that was owned and operated by the county government and located in a renovated, historic, Byzantine-style church.
Writer/Counselor, Lawrimore Communications, Charlotte, N.C. June 1981-May 1983.
Copyeditor, The Durham Sun newspaper, Durham, N.C. August 1980-May 1981.
The Chapel Hill Newspaper, Chapel Hill, N.C. September 1978-May 1980.
Member, Art and Economics working group, Duke University. Organized by the Economics Department at Duke in 2000, our group examined historical arguments for government support of the arts in Western Europe and the United States. My essay about William Morris will be included in a collection we have prepared for publication in 2005 by the History of Political Economy, a journal published by Duke Press.
Consultant, “Building on Success: An Analysis of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Annual Contributed Income Potential.” Report prepared with Zannie Giraud Voss, November 1999.
Upchurch, Anna (2004) “John Maynard Keynes, the Bloomsbury Group, and Origins of the Arts Council Movement,”_ International Journal of Cultural Policy,_ 10: 2, July, 203–218.
Panelist, “Transformations: What Did/Does Liberal Studies Do for You?” National conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, October 2001, Dartmouth College.
Panelist, “Using Resources,” North Carolina Theater Conference gathering for professional theaters, March 2000, Durham, N.C.
“Plan It, and They Will Come,” planning successful events for the news media to ensure attendance and news coverage. North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers, September 9, 1999, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Guest lecturer, arts and nonprofit management courses at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina State University, 1999–2002.
Recent Community Service
Board of Directors, Artsplosure, 1998–2000. Community group organizes outdoor arts festivals in spring and on New Year’s Eve.
Millennium Celebration Public Relations Steering Committee, Artsplosure, 1999.