Andy Heise is Managing Director of the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Additionally, he is Adjunct Instructor in the Entrepreneurial Studies Minor at Kansas City Art Institute where he coordinates the curriculum and instruction for the minor.
Andy's work experience includes roles of Program Coordinator and Associate Director of Programs and Operations for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University's Tabor School of Business from 2008 to 2016.
Andy has significant experience in program development and administration, and mentoring and teaching students. He has presented on a variety of entrepreneurship education topics at the Coleman Fellows Summit, United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), and the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education.
Andy is an upright bassist and has played with regional symphonies, jazz ensembles, and rock bands. He also has experience in recording, mixing, and mastering audio.
Andy received his Bachelor of Music and MBA from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
Nick Petrella is on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where he coordinates the percussion program and teaches courses in Arts Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Arts Entrepreneurship Podcast LLC with Andy Heise in 2020 to build on the Arts Entrepreneurship courses they teach at UMKC. He has given arts entrepreneurship and music business lectures at universities throughout the US and in the UK. In 2018, he and Andy presented The Entrepreneurial Mindset from Theory to Practice: Developing What Entrepreneurs Value in Their Young Colleagues at the GenNext series for the College Music Society at NAMM 2018.
Nick has extensive music business experience. From 2000 to 2019 he was the Director of Education for SABIAN Ltd., where he was responsible for sales, marketing and artist relations for the Band and Orchestra/Educational division. Early in his career he worked in retail and as a drum stick distributor. Since 1992 he has been a consultant to companies in the music products industry and has designed 14 percussion implements, accessories and instruments currently on the market. In 2014, Nick was presented with the President’s Industry Award from the Percussive Arts Society. He launched nickpetrellapercussion.com for online lessons and presentations, and has published numerous articles in US and European music journals. He is the author of two Carl Fischer publications: The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals and The Multiple-Percussion Book, which was translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. In 2006, Nick and Diane Petrella published The Musician’s Toolbox, Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Music, now available as an e-book.
As a performer, Nick has commissioned and premiered over a dozen compositions and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit. He has played with the Kansas City Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Michigan Opera. In 2002, he and pianist Diane Petrella formed the Petrella Ensemble, which has appeared throughout the US, Europe and in Mexico. Nick has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, teacher and performer in over 30 countries.
Nick previously taught at Oakland University, Texas Christian University, and the Royal Northern College of Music where he developed a percussion pedagogy course. Additionally, he served as the percussion instructor/arranger for the marching bands at the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa and TCU. Twice Nick was the percussion coach with the World Youth Orchestra, and in 2008 was the percussion coach for Xenakis’ Pleiades at the BBC Proms Festival in Royal Albert Hall. Under his direction, the TCU Percussion Ensemble performed as the first percussion ensemble invited to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Nick received a DMA from the University of Iowa, an MM from the University of Michigan and a BSMusEd from Penn State University.
JT Nagle, opening and closing voiceover
JT is an actor, director, stand-up comedian, improviser, and voiceover artist currently based in Kansas City. He is the Co-Founder of the immersive theatre company, Visceral Theatre. Kansas City acting credits include Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Actor's Theatre, E.A.R.Th., and the Multicultural Theatre Initiative. Before moving to KC, JT lived in Chicago where he performed with Muse of Fire, Goodman Theatre, Shattered Globe, Broken Nose Theatre, Waltzing Mechanics, and others. Currently pursuing his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, JT received his BGS in Theatre from the University of Kansas.
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