Business and Entrepreneurship

Mary Filice


Associate Professor

618 S Michigan, Rm 703
Phone: (312) 369-7882


Mary Filice, chair of Business and Entrepreneurship, is an advocate of a cross- and trans-disciplinary approach to the arts, communication, media, and business. Her academic, professional, and creative expertise combine for a blended career that represents the convergence of the arts, communication, media, business, and entrepreneurshipShe bridges theory and practice weaving her academic, professional, and creative expertise into the life of the department, its programs, curriculum. Her research of the convergence of the performing, visual, and media arts has resulted in a new arts management aesthetic and business model: Artistic Convergence. The International Journal of Arts Management has published her collaborative work on this subject, From Mainstage to Movies to Media: Sustaining the Live and Performing Arts Through Artistic Convergence and the Balaban and Katz Philosophy of Continuous Performance, Volume 14, Number 2, Winter 2012.

Mary has been a visiting professor at colleges and universities in Oslo, Norway, and Beijing, China and has conducted presentations at colleges and academic conferences both nationally and internationally. Lecture and research topics include leadership in the creative industries, arts management pedagogy, and artistic convergence. Professionally active, Mary consults arts organizations on their strategic planning initiatives.

As a member of the team that launched and managed The Talking Pictures Film Festival—an international film festival that ran from 2009-2012 in Evanston, Illinois—Mary’s commitment to supporting independent filmmaking and exhibiting has been demonstrated. She has also served on the boards of Percolator Films and Split Pillow. Mary’s theater and business consulting expertise have served her well as she continues to be a member of the advisory board to The Shattered Globe Theatre.

An award-winning filmmaker, Mary’s work has aired on PBS (WYCC), cable television, and has screened at festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. She is a former Senior Vice President of a privately held group of investment companies, and in 1998 she launched her own consulting business. Mary's theater background has kept her actively engaged in the industry as evidenced by the 2016 publication of The Zacek Tapes: Reflections About Theater, Community, and Leadership. This book is comprised of a series of interviews Mary conducted with Dennis Zacek, Associate Director Emeritus of Victory Gardens Theatre. Mary continues to hone her theatrical creative skills as an improv ensemble member.

A life-long learner, Mary has completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and earned a Certificate in New Media Management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. She holds a MA in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Theater from Loyola University. 


Teaching Interests: Leadership in the Creative Industries; Contextual Intelligence; Zeitgeist Leadership; Business of Media and the Performing Arts

Research Interests: Artistic Convergence; Leadership in the Creative Industries; Improvisation for Leaders, Teams, and Community Engagement; Entrepreneurial Thinking; The Role of the Arts Management within a Global Context



Teaching Interests

Leadership in the Creative Industries, Contextual Intelligence, Zeitgeist Leadership, Business of Media, Business of the Performing Arts

Research Interests

Artistic Convergence as an Aesthetic and Business model, Leadership in the Creative Industries, Improvisation for Leaders and Teams, Arts Management Pedagogy and Curriculum


B.A., Theatre Loyola University of Chicago 1974
M.A., Film and Video Columbia College Chicago 1984