Michael C. Hardy; Director
Prior to serving as Director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at East Carolina University, Hardy was General Manager of The Lost Colony in Roanoke Island, and served in executive roles in non-profit arts organizations for 40 years in addition to his consulting work and volunteer services to the field. He has been President of three major performing arts centers, the International Society for the Performing Arts and one of the nation’s largest historic preservation/adaptive re-use projects in New York City.
Based with the Institute at East Carolina University, he teaches honors sections of theatre and theatre management in addition to his work with the Institute of Outdoor Drama.
Susan D. Phillips; Business Manager
Susan has been with the Institute of Outdoor Drama since May of 2006. She spent the previous four years with the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-CH supporting the Marketing Faculty. She received a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Susan has spent more than 30 years performing on stage, including four summers with outdoor drama. She is a founding member of ART Station, a non-profit theatre and contemporary arts center in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
She has over 15 years in entertainment administration. While employed by Turner Home Entertainment, she worked for both the Home Video department in Atlanta and the Licensing and Merchandising department in New York. One of her favorite jobs was working for Children’s Television Workshop (aka Sesame Street).
Michael Crane, Associate Dean of Research, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC