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ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film announces 2009–10 p.a.v.e. arts entrepreneurship speakers’ series

September 24, 2009

The ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film hosts artists from across the nation this academic year as part of its p.a.v.e. speakers’ series on arts entrepreneurship.

p.a.v.e., the performing arts venture experience is a School of Theatre and Film initiative that fosters cross-campus entrepreneurship education. This 2009–10 p.a.v.e. speakers’ series includes:

Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m

Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

“Catching and Pitching the True Story: Entrepreneurial Writing and Producing”

Howard Burkons, TV writer/producer and game developer, has been a producer and Writers Guild of America member for more than 20 years, having written, produced and executive produced television movies, comedy pilots, reality programming, documentaries and feature films. His credits include the award-winning television movie The Ron Clark Story starring Matthew Perry; John Q for New Line Cinema starring Denzel Washington; and Highway Heartbreaker for CBS. Burkons also has an extensive background in computer games and as a Blue Sky Creative Development Consultant for Electronic Arts.

Nov. 10, 4 p.m.

Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

“Intellectual Property and the Arts”

Paul Schiff Berman, Dean and Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU, holds extensive experience in running theaters. Prior to his law career, Dean Berman’s experience includes having directed professional theatre in New York City. To read his biography, visit:

March 1, 2010, 4 p.m.

Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

"Creativity and Innovation across Design and the Arts"

Leni Schwendinger is a world-renowned lighting designer, artist, filmmaker and entrepreneur of Light Projects LTD. Her work is displayed all around the globe in public and architectural spaces. Among many other honors and awards, Schwendinger has been named the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Read more about Schwendinger at:

For more information about p.a.v.e., visit: p.a.v.e. is part of the Entrepreneurship at ASU program funded by part of a $5 million grant to ASU by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is an example of the benefits a research university like ASU brings to the state. Each year, Arizona universities pump almost $1 billion into the Arizona economy through grants funded by the U.S. government and other entities. Research funding is legally restricted and cannot be used for instructional or other purposes.

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 10, 4 p.m.; March 1, 2010, 4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Public Contact
For more information about the p.a.v.e. speaker series, please visit the p.a.v.e. Web site:

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta 
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Theatre and Film