Eric Booth


In 2015, Eric Booth was honored with the highest award in arts education in the U.S. (The Arts Education Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts), and was named one of the “50 most influential people in the American arts.”

After many years as a Broadway and classical actor, successful businessman (staring a company that became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in seven years), and author (six books published including the bestseller The Everyday Work of Art and The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible), he launched his work in teaching artistry in 1979. He launched the teaching artist program at Juilliard (for 13 years), and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (for 35 years) where he now leads the Teaching Artist Development Labs. He advises El Sistema programs in the U.S. and many countries; and consults with arts organizations, cities, states and national governments on arts learning, and has consulted with seven of the ten largest orchestras in the U.S..

He gave the keynote address to UNESCO’s first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), and he co-founded the international teaching artist conferences.  He is the first person to get an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry, and is widely called “the father of the teaching artist profession.”

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager ITAC IMPACT: Climate

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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