Brett Egan leads the DeVos Institute of Arts Management’s team of consultants and instructors in projects on six continents, advising organizations and executives in every arts industry on a range of short-and long-term concerns, including strategic planning, artistic planning, marketing, human resource development, and fundraising.
From September 2011 through December 2012, Egan served as Interim CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), working closely with Omani leadership to provide policy, program, and human resource development for this first-of-its-kind institution on the Arabian Peninsula. Arriving only weeks before the official opening, Mr. Egan led the organization through a successful first season with performances by international icons in opera, music, and ballet, including Zeffirelli’s Turandot, regional premieres by the American Ballet Theatre and Teatro La Scala Ballet, and the world premiere of a new Carmen commissioned and produced by the Opera House. The highly acclaimed inaugural season hosted tens of thousands of Omanis and expatriates with an average capacity of 92% seats sold, and supported the launch of a substantial new program in arts education and outreach for children and adults.
During the same period, Egan led two US-based, national capacity building initiatives in partnership with the Ford Foundation for organizations re-thinking their use of space; regional capacity building programs in six American cities including Miami, Detroit, New York, and Chicago; a year-long national training program in Ireland for fifteen leading cultural organizations; International Fellowships at the Kennedy Center for nearly 70 arts managers from over 40 countries; an annual, nine-month fellowship for 10 mid-career arts executives; strategic planning consultancies with performing and visual arts organizations from Anchorage to Fort Worth to New York City. This work continues today.
In 2011, Egan co-authored The Cycle: Planning for Success in the Arts with Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, which has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
From 2006 to 2009, Egan served as Executive Director of the New York City-based modern dance company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, which toured an average of 22 cities each year, and was a Kennedy Center resident company, a Park Avenue Armory resident company, and a principal contributor to the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. Prior to 2006, Egan worked in a variety of cultural organizations including Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Annie Leibovitz Studio, and Santa Fe Opera, as well as serving as managing producer for the American premiere of Handel’s Siroe (at the Brooklyn Academy of Music) and the world premiere of Vivaldi’s Andromeda Liberata, first at Teatro Ridotto in Venice, then at Carnegie Hall.
Egan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Cultural and Performance Theory, received the Antarctic Service Medal and a Princess Grace Fellowship (Monaco), and wrote a guide to travel from Mongolia to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Egan grew up in Southern California, where he attended the Orange County High School of the Arts, and currently lives with his wife, a teacher and performer, in Washington, D.C.