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There is a lot to learn from how other industries manage creative professionals. Stage managers wrangle directors, designers, and actors every day—under strict union guidelines. Editors cajole writers into producing on-time(ish) for each week. Conductors balance the needs of dozens of musicians while staying true to the needs of the music. And the martial system of management that is common in any fine dining establishment is the stuff of legends. These disciplines can teach us how to build and support creative environments that are conducive to excellent work that is also on-time and on-budget.
Bryan Mason and Sarah Nelson of Adaptive Path will introduce you to 10 techniques used by creative management professionals to get great work from your team.
Bryan Mason is the COO of Adaptive Path. Bryan is responsible for managing Adaptive Path’s business operations.
Bryan has over ten years of organizational management experience, including work in special event production, political campaign management and not-for-profit arts administration. His special events clients include the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, The White House (Office of Scheduling and Advance), CMP Media Inc. (WEB2000, WEB2001, etc), and Lincoln Center Theater. His political work includes the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate and for President, New York Attorney General candidate Evan Davis, the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign and many county and city elections. Bryan spent several years in New York City, working on-, off-, and no-where-near-Broadway. He managed Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab, was the Company Manager for six productions at Playwrights Horizons, and produced sold-out premiere productions at the Edinburgh and New York Fringe Festivals.
Sarah B. Nelson brings a unique blend of creative vision and technical expertise to her work. Her research-focused approach to interaction design has produced successful results for her clients.
Before joining Adaptive Path, Sarah managed the creative team and developed the user experience practice at POP, an interactive design firm in Seattle, Washington.
Her past clients and employers include Federal Home Loan Bank, Home Street Bank, AOL Mobile, MyRide.com, PayCycle, The Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Victorian and Albert Museum, Vanguard Financial.
A classically trained violinist, Sarah graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received a Bachelors of Art from Oberlin College in visual arts and electronic music. While completing her Masters at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Sarah focused her studies on the definition and design of complex multi-modal systems supporting collaboration and communication.