Faculty

Todd Stuart

Director of Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, Lecturer

Todd Stuart

Todd Stuart is a Lecturer and the Director of Arts Management & Entrepreneurship at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds an MFA and MBA from the University of South Carolina and a BA in Theatre form the University of Florida.

Prior to teaching, he worked professionally in theatre and was involved in start-ups in theatre, design and the consumer goods industries. His research interests center on the intersection of arts entrepreneurship with strategy, innovation and design thinking.

Todd is the Vice President of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education and a member of the Association of Art Administration Educators.

Joi M. Sears

Visiting Instructor

Joi Sears

Joi M. Sears is a Creativity + Innovation Instructor, creative strategist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and creative director of Free People International, a social enterprise which specializes in designing sustainable products, creative platforms and innovative experiences for the greater social good.

Joi earned a Master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in arts and social innovation. Her professional experience spans five continents and a variety of fields. Her work with social enterprises, NGO’s and corporations combine her unique skill set as well as her passion for sustainability, the arts, and social innovation.

As an artist, Joi earned an undergraduate degree in Theatre and studied ballet with companies like Alvin Ailey and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She studied Theatre of the Oppressed in Brazil, has performed as a poet in Amsterdam, learned mask-making in Puerto Rico and curated art exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York.

As an entrepreneur, Joi is one of twenty social entrepreneurs from around the world offered a prestigious fellowship to the DO School’s Sustainable Packaging Challenge with H&M. She has recently earned a certificate in Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership from the United Nations ‘University of Peace’. She is a recent recipient of the People’s Liberty Globe Grant which she used to launch "The Green Store" a sustainable pop-up shop.

Jeanna Vella

Adjunct Faculty

Jeanna Vella

Jeanna Vella is currently Director of Marketing and Sales at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she recently introduced the public to the brand-new $17.5 million Otto M. Budig Theater in Cincinnati, OH! Under her leadership, the theater's single-ticket and subscription sales have more than doubled in addition to the vast expansion of Education and Outreach programs across three states. An arts administration professional, Jeanna has worked with several arts organizations in New York, NY including the Marilyn Horne Foundation, NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and The Araca Group as well as in Louisville, KY at Kentucky Shakespeare before starting at Cincinnati Shakespeare in 2010.

In 2018, Jeanna was awarded a WCPO’s Next Nine Award recognizing rising stars in Cincinnati. In 2016, she was nominated for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 Under 40 Awards. In 2015, Jeanna was selected as a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s prestigious C-Change Class #10. In 2014, she was nominated for Miami University's "18 of the last 9" Awards, honoring exceptional young alumni. She is also currently an adjunct faculty member at Miami University’s College of Creative Arts teaching courses in Arts Marketing and Arts Management and Engagement. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a B.M. in Music Education and Minor in Arts Management from Miami University. In her spare time, she is a clarinetist in the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band.