In every class, the faculty in the SAEM department bring a solid background in business as well as real-life work experiences in sports, arts and entertainment management. With connections to internships and hands-on course work, you can expect to be challenged and guided by these passionate business professionals.
Steve Tanzilli is an associate professor and chair of the SAEM department. In addition to his directing and teaching duties, he runs his own sports talent agency — counting among his clients high profile Steelers players. Tanzilli's background includes 12 years of experience with 141 worldwide sports and entertainment clients in which he worked in close contact with very high-end and marketable clients on a daily basis such as Coca-Cola, 84 Lumber, Sunoco, TOPPS, ESPN, and Kraft foods. Prior to his current position, Tanzilli used his law degree to obtain many other positions within the sports industry. He has experience working with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Johnston Steel Baseball Club, International Sports Marketing and Communicator Sports Marketing. With a deep interest and strong determination to get others involved, Tanzilli worked with others to create the SAEM department at Point Park University.
Over her 25-year career in arts and higher education, Assistant Professor Teresa Gregory, C.F.R.E., has been a high-level, results-oriented fundraiser and administrator with extensive expertise in all aspects of development and non-profit management. She has been part of the leadership team on campaigns ranging in size from $200,000 to $40 million for a wide variety of organizations.
Gregory has been a team member of such arts organizations as the California Theatre Council, the Los Angeles Theater Center, Stamford Center for the Arts, StageWest (MA), Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama. In Pittsburgh, she has worked at the Green Building Alliance and at Robert Morris University.
Associate Professor Ed Traversari has more than 30 years of live entertainment management expertise including being partner in the local Pittsburgh concert promotion company, DiCesare Engler Productions. DiCesare Engler produced concerts at the Stanley Theatre (which they later sold to the Cultural District to become The Benedum Center), the Syria Mosque, A.J. Palumbo Center, Mellon Arena and Heinz Field among others. His duties at DiCesare Engler included talent buyer, director of marketing, production manager and general manager of the Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square. In 1999, DiCesare Engler Productions was purchased by SFX Entertainment, which was later sold to Clear Channel Entertainment and most recently spun off to Live Nation, the largest producer of live entertainment events in the United States.
In addition to teaching, Traversari consults on various projects including working with PBS-TV producers TJ Lubinsky and Henry DeLuca producing concerts for PBS television, and producing culture festivals at Sandcastle. Traversari has been interviewed by KDKA radio and KDKA-TV and was featured as guest on the PCNC show "Night Talk."
Assistant Professor David Rowell has taught and worked in theatre management all over the United States. Prior to joining Point Park, he was executive director of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vt. Before that, Rowell was an assistant professor and head of the M.F.A. theatre management program at Florida State University. In addition, Rowell has held leadership positions at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, The Mahaffey Theater Foundation, Peery's Egyptian Theatre and David Eccles Conference Center and the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University. Additionally, Rowell was responsible for oversight of construction, outfitting, initial operational planning, artistic programming and development and the grand openings for the Spruce Peak PAC, the Carson Four Rivers Center and Peery’s Egyptian Theater.
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