Amanda Nelson leads Virginia Tech’s certificate and M.F.A. programs in Arts Leadership and teaches in the theatre department. Much of her work directly and thoughtfully engages students in the world around them. This lively conversation centers on next-level community engagement through the arts, learning from history, and taking collective steps together. 

“To me, leadership is a confluence of characteristics and practices rooted in communication, collaboration, innovation, and inspiration,” says Nelson. “A lot of people are doing leadership without knowing that they’re doing leadership. Maybe that’s the magic of the creative arts…”  

Listen to the conversation here. 

Explore the performing history project: Women and the Vote.

Drawing of a cut-away of a Victorian era house with a banner at the top reading "Celebrating Suffrage."