Purchase, NY-September 2, 2009-In order to strengthen its Arts Management program, Provost
As General Manager of the Van Cliburn Foundation for the last sixteen years, Maria Guralnik oversaw career development for the winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition including the contracting and servicing of all U.S. engagements and coordination of international tours following each quadrennial competition. She also served as artistic administrator for the Foundation, responsible for contracting and producing the regionally acclaimed Cliburn Concerts series and overseeing production of many aspects of the Cliburn Competition, the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, and related special events and educational programs.
Ms. Guralnik began her professional career at Columbia Artists Management where she assisted in the management of such artists/attractions as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Horacio Gutierrez, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi, and the Orchestre National de France. She has also facilitated programs and seminars to train orchestra managers through her work at the American Symphony Orchestra League (1992-93) and was selected to be an Arts Management Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 1992. In January 2007, she joined the faculty at
The daughter of classical pianist and actor Robert Guralnik, Ms. Guralnik was born in the
Barbara Hauptman was the Executive Director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers for twelve years. While at the independent labor union, she was instrumental in restructuring the Broadway contract, pursing major property rights issues, doubling the membership as well as enhancing the programming of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Prior to her appointment at SSDC, Ms. Hauptman was the Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
As Executive Director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in
Barbara produced Twyla Tharp on Broadway as Executive Director of her Dance Company and was general manager at the Williamstown Theater Festival. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama with a MFA in Theater Administration, she has been an adjunct professor at SUNY/ New Paltz, NYU and a lecturer at Yale University.
As a consultant for theatre, dance and for private arts foundations, she has advised performing arts companies throughout the
Barbara is married to Jonathan Falk, an economist and Vice President at NERA Consulting in
Associate Dean, Jon Esser believes that “this addition to our faculty will create great excitement among our Arts Management students”.