Check out the 2015 National Arts Marketing Conference's featured speakers! 2016 speakers - coming soon!

Chris Denson

Award-Winning Innovator
Omnicom Media Group
Los Angeles, California

Chris Denson’s award-winning career has spanned marketing, media, technology integration, and product innovation. As an industry taste-maker, he is currently the Director of Omnicom Media Group’s Ignition Factory, the key group responsible for emerging innovations across media, technology, and culture. He is also the creator and host of Innovation Crush, an interview series with more than 700,000 subscribers around the world. From Italy to Africa, Canada, and multiple stops in between, he's helmed projects and held leadership positions at some of the world’s top organizations, including the American Film Institute, Machinima, and the George Soros Institute. He serves as an advisory board member of the SxSW Accelerator, the Mobile Excellence Awards, Custom College Recruiting, and Pluto TV.

Once a stand-up comedian, Chris says that he is a “former stand-up comic with a few jokes still left in the chamber.”

Miral Kotb

Miami, Florida

To say Miral Kotb is driven is an understatement. At 34, the Houston native and Columbia grad is already the CEO of iLuminate, a performance that uses state-of-the-art technology coupled with dancers performing in the dark, creating the ultimate audience experience. An entrepreneur, dancer, choreographer, and software engineer, Kotb combined her passion for dance and computers to create iLuminate in 2009, the entertainment technology company that combines. The concept for iLuminate emerged while Miral was developing iPhone applications. She had a vision of dancers wearing costumes that illuminated wirelessly to compliment the music and choreography—wireless technology that could be controlled from the palm of one’s hand. Miral and her unprecedented technology, programming, choreography, and overall artistic direction has catapulted iLuminate into an international phenomenon that mesmerizes audiences across the globe and pushes storytelling to the next level.

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Adam Lerner

Director and Chief Animator
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver
Denver, Colorado

Adam Lerner is the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. He authored the book and curated the major retrospective Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the first comprehensive look at the polymath co-founder of the band DEVO. Lerner was formerly the Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum and the curator of the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and his Masters from Cambridge University.

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Timmy Metzner

Senior Consultant
JCA Arts Marketing
Washington, D.C.

Timmy Metzner is senior consultant with JCA Arts Marketing. He’s spent time working with various performing arts organizations around the country focusing on innovative audience and revenue maximization strategies. Clients include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Roundabout Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Opera Philadelphia, Spoleto Festival USA, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and National Ballet of Canada. He also helped out with the inaugural Connectivity Department at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC by assisting in the expansion of entry points for greater audience engagement beyond just performance.

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