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Arts Administration Faculty & Staff

Susan J. Zurbuchen—Associate Professor and Chair

Susan Zurbuchen serves as the director of arts administration for the Jordan College of the Arts. She holds a bachelor's degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan , Wisc. and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Ms. Zurbuchen teaches courses in arts management, fundraising and audience development. She supervises students in internships in the fields of music, theatre and dance. Susan Zurbuchen has worked as an arts administrator and nonprofit board consultant for over twenty years. Her professional associations include membership in the TCG, the Indiana Advocates for the Arts and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music fraternity. Ms. Zurbuchen served as a grant review panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Young Audiences of Indiana.


Brenda Lee Johnston—Assistant Professor

Brenda Lee Johnston received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management with an emphasis in Dance and a minor in Theatre Arts—Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She worked for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and Skylight Opera Theatre prior to becoming the Founding Director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC). Following her tenure at SMPAC, she pursued a dual Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts from Universita di Bologna in Italy. Her graduate thesis research was conducted at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History under the guidance of Nina Simon. Her thesis is entitled, “The Roles of Museums in Communities: Social Inclusion & Community Engagement.” She joined the Arts Administration faculty at Butler University after serving as the Executive Director of the Schauer Arts Center and teaching as an adjunct lecturer at UW-Stevens Point. She has performed with Skylight Opera Theatre, Wild Space Dance Company, Katie Sopoci and Michelle DiMeo for DanceWorks Performance Company’s “Art to Art”, Cantare Chorale, and others. Her professional affiliations include Americans for the Arts, Wisconsin Presenters Network, Arts Wisconsin, and Association of Arts Administration Educators.


Amy Barnes—Administrative Assistant
(317) 940-9567


Karla McLaughlin—Community Partnership Coordinator
(317) 940-9556