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Dr. Winter Phong

Oklahoma State University
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Director of Arts Administration
Winter is an arts administrator, educator, scholar, and creative strategist. She works both on a national and international level to promote the arts through community-based arts initiatives. Often this means that she directly supports underserved populations in her community, and as she travels and moves into a new community, she matches her efforts with the needs of the local community. She has a strong passion for community engagement and seeks to empower those in her community through the arts.

Some of Winter’s international commitments include the Peace Corps, where she served in China. While at her post, she helped to develop a campus-wide performing arts festival that featured Chinese minority groups like Tibetans, Uygher and Yi people. She also spent time in Cambodia, where she led a group of student teachers to develop arts programming to support children that had been orphaned, recovered from dump sites, or rescued from sex trafficking. In her consulting practice, she works nearly exclusively with international companies helping to develop strategic plans and perform market research.

Domestically, she has worked in Colorado at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to support initiatives to engage military families from four local military bases. She currently works with Mind the Gap of the UK, Trinity Repertory, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, and the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research on the Texas Tech University campus to help the development of organizations and programs that serve artists with cognitive disabilities. Her efforts include research to refine practice to serve a neurodiverse population of artists. Winter has also worked with LORT and professional theatres in various management functions, including finance, marketing, general management, patron services, and development.

Winter has also earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach, that emphasized arts administration, specifically Theatre Management. She also completed a Fine Arts Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinarity in the Arts where she helped to pilot a new observational study to measure engagement for theatre and dance courses for students on the spectrum.

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