Brett Egan leads the DeVos Institute’s team of consultants and teachers in projects on six continents, supporting organizations and executives in every arts industry on a range of short- and long-term concerns, including strategic planning, artistic planning, marketing, community engagement, human resource development, and fundraising.
Projects under his direction include multiyear capacity building initiatives in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies; regional training intensives in San Jose, Portland, and Baltimore; a three-year fellowship for arts leaders from around the world; and long-term consultancies with clients in nearly every major cultural discipline.
Under Mr. Egan’s leadership, the DeVos Institute has delivered multiyear, first-of-their-kind training programs in Ireland, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom in partnership with governments and local arts leadership.
From September 2011 until December 2012, Mr. Egan served concurrently as Interim CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman). From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Egan served as Executive Director of the New York-based modern dance company, Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Prior to 2006, Mr. Egan worked with a variety of cultural organizations including Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Annie Leibowitz Studio, and Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Egan is the co-author, with DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser, of The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations (2013).
Mr. 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 travel guide on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.