Arts Administration Program

James Slowiak, Coordinator of Arts Administration Program 

James Slowiak has M.F.A. in directing from the University of California-Irvine and a B.A. in anthropology, French and dramatic arts from Macalester College. He teaches acting, directing, voice, movement, and contemporary theatre styles at The University of Akron. James Slowiak is the Co-artistic director of the internationally acclaimed New World Performance Laboratory and has directed more than 50 theatre events and conducted numerous workshops in performance ecology and creative training techniques in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  From 1983-1989, Mr. Slowiak served as assistant to Jerzy Grotowski.  Mr. Slowiak’s work has been discussed in The Drama Review, New Theatre Quarterly, and other journals, as well as in the books At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions by Thomas Richards, Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research by Lisa Wolford, and The Grotowski Sourcebook, edited by Richard Schechner and Lisa Wolford.

Arnold Tunstall, Assistant Lecturer

Arnold Tunstall is the Director of University Galleries at the Myers School of Art. Prior to becoming Director, Mr. Tunstall worked for the Akron Art Museum in various curatorial positions since 1985 and served as the Collections Manager and Registrar from 1994 to 2016. His special projects included curating exhibitions, managing a national tour of the work of sculptor El Anatsui and managing a multi-year project to bring the museum’s collection online. Tunstall is on the board of directors of SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, and the Akron Soul Train.

He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Akron majoring in Graphic Design and Photography, and he received his Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from The Ohio University. Tunstall has also taught as an adjunct professor at The University of Akron, for the Myers School of Art preceding his current work with the Arts Administration graduate program. Tunstall is active throughout the NE Ohio region with curatorial projects and continues to create and exhibit his own artwork.

Nancy L. Holland, Associate Lecturer

Nancy L. Holland is an attorney with the law firm Nancy L. Holland Co., LPA, concentrating her practice in the area of employment and civil rights law, business relationships, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Holland received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron; and is also a cum laude (A.B., Drama) graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Holland’s professional history includes service as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Washington, DC; service as in-house counsel for an international telecommunications corporation; and service as Assistant Chief of the Civil Rights Section, Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Nancy is a frequent presenter and published author on topics including individual rights, business/organizational communications, workplace dynamics and fair employment practices.

A past member of the Akron Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, Ms. Holland currently serves on the Akron Bar Association’s Grievance Committee, the Akron Bar Association’s Lawyer’s Assistance Committee. Nancy is also a past member of the Boards of the Highland Square Neighborhood Association, Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc., and All Faiths Pantry. Nancy is currently serving her second appointed term on the Children’s Services Board of Summit County, in addition to many other civic affiliations. She is the director and founder of Free Akron Yoga, a free community yoga practice bringing yoga to thousands of area residents, while raising money to fight hunger, and promoting peace in our community. Ms. Holland is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, and the Director of Blue Hen Yoga, offering group and private yoga instruction throughout Summit County.

Deborah Pinter, Associate Lecturer 

Deborah Pinter has been exhibiting her work since graduating from New York University/International Center of Photography joint graduate program with a Masters of Art in Photography (1991). She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art  (1988).

She has taught photo history at Hiram College, Hiram, OH and worked as a studio artist and docent for the Education Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art before becoming an Associate Educator at the Akron Art Museum in 1999.

Her photographs and monotype prints are included in numerous private and public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Zygote Press Archives, Progressive Art Collection, The Cleveland State University Art Collection and the Laura Ruth and Fred Bidwell Collection. Exhibition venues include solo exhibitions in 2012 at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and the John F. Seiberling Gallery. Group shows include, Alte Feuerwache Loschwitz, Dresden, Germany, The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron Emily Davis Gallery and The Colburn Gallery, Ashland University. She also self-published a book in 2012, Luminous Florals that was included in the DIY: Photographers and Books Exhibition, curated by Barbara Tannenbaum at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Pinter has also served as a trustee on a number of Non-profit art institution committees and boards, including SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Friends of Photography board where she served as Vice President for three years.  She is currently serving on the advisory committee of the Cleveland Print Room, a gallery dedicated to exhibiting photography both analog and digital.

Kirstin Toth, Associate Lecturer 

Kirstin Toth joined GAR Foundation in 2007 as senior vice president. She previously served as the consulting project director for the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center at Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Prior to that, she was the director of marketing at Bank One and worked as an aide to the president of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners. 

A public education expert deeply committed to the success of all students, Kirstin led the strategic re-positioning of the Cradle to Career alliance as the chair of Summit Education Initiative's board of trustees, setting a new course for community-wide attention to education as an economic development imperative. She also serves on the board of ConxusNeo, Summit County's First Things First advisory committee, United Way of Summit County's Education Allocations Team, the Fund for Our Economic Future Executive Committee, and in as active member of the national Grantmakers for Education and Philanthropy Ohio.

She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University, and a Master of Public Administration in economic development from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in higher education at Kent State University. She lives in Hudson with her husband, their two sons, and three cats. 

Durand Pope, Associate Lecturer 

Durand (Randy) Pope has an A.B. degree from Brown University in English Literature, and a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Case Western Reserve University.  He served between 1976 and 1987 as Administrative Director for the Department of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University, where he also taught Theatre Management, and directed productions at the Brown County Playhouse.  Between 1987 and 1993 he was General Manager of Indianapolis Opera, and later served for two years as Development Director for Ohio Ballet.   He became a faculty member and coordinator of the graduate program in Arts Administration at The University of Akron in 1995, retiring from that position in 2013.