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Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty member chosen for competitive executive program

Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty member chosen for competitive executive program

By: Lauren Heberling ‘19

Otterbein faculty members are always pursuing opportunities to further their personal and career development, while also enriching the experiences and education of their students.

Jessie Glover, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been selected as one of 95 arts leaders to participate in the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. The eight-month program is a partnership between the National Arts Strategy organization and the University of Pennsylvania that provides a certificate in cultural leadership. The 2018 class represents four countries and 26 states. Glover is the only one selected from Columbus.

The program is designed to give expert industry knowledge, a powerful professional network and an Ivy League credential. Through this program, Glover is working to enhance and deepen her ability to prepare students for careers in all corners of the arts community.

“National Arts Strategies focuses on building not just a cohort of quality people, but people who will work and grow well together,” Glover said. “They want to know your ambitions and what you can add to the academic community.”

Outside of her work at Otterbein, Glover is active in promoting and supporting the arts in central Ohio.

Glover has founded a non-profit community arts organization called Wild Goose Creative that provides space, education and resources to any artist in central Ohio. Its mission is to facilitate the creation of art across multiple mediums, while connecting artists and audiences.

She is also an instructor for Healing Broken Circles, a non-profit corporation that provides opportunities to heal, learn and thrive for those touched by the justice system. She teaches theatre at the Marion Correctional Institution, which provides the opportunity and space to support creativity and self-expression.

When asked about the outcomes of the executive program, Glover said, “I hope I can grow my skills and help serve in all my efforts.”

Learn more about Otterbein's Department of Theatre and Dance.