Partners & Staff

lisa-bio Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts co-directing the arts management program. Previously, she has served as Associate Professor of Education and Division Director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. Lisa has broad experience working as an arts educator and administrator in a variety of arts organizations including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Barrington Stage Company, University of Massachusetts’ Department of Theater, Boston University’s Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes, and has served as  Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education. She is co-editor/author of a five book series on arts integration published by Shell Education.



Shannon Cahill is a writer, designer, and arts administrator with a focus in community engagement through artist, musical, and literary expression. She has experience in a variety of capacities through her roles as Associate Manager of MCLA’s Gallery 51, and content writer for DIY entertainment/art blog Digital Wheat Paste.  Formerly a box office intern at MASS MoCA (2017), she compiled a set of fine-tuned skills in customer service, data analysis, and event management. Through her involvement in MCLA’s literary magazine Spires, serving as the design editor for two years (2014-2015), as well as Editor-in-Chief (2015), Shannon discovered a passion for how art and the written word work together to create an experience for the reader. In the winter of 2017, Shannon and a group of like-minded individuals founded Greylock Sound, a promotion and booking company out of Western Massachusetts with the goal of bringing affordable and accessible performances to the area. As part of Greylock Sound’s team, Shannon is the communications and financial manager as well as a promoter. Although her passions vary in medium, she continues to work within creative elements to enhance unity, embrace diversity, and encourage hybridity . Currently a senior at MCLA, she is studying English/communications with a minor in arts management. In her leisure time, Shannon crafts jewelry and explores.