AEC welcomed the Leadership Academy class of 2016 at our summer session, July 18th to 22nd. Pittsburgh Public Theater served as gracious host to 12 new teachers and arts administrators from across Western Pennsylvania. In addition to morning learning sessions, six artists including Emily Marko, Lisa Hoak and Jordan Mroziak (Draper & Dots), Billy Hartung (Center for Theater Arts), Michelle de la Reza (Attack Theatre), and Shaun Hall (Pittsburgh Public Theater) provided daily guidance and lessons learned from four different art forms. With a week of wonderful presenters and alumni guests, participants expanded their teaching toolbox, became artistically re-inspired, created exciting new connections and began harnessing their leadership potential. We look forward to the amazing impact this new class will have on their working environments over the next year, joining our ever-growing Leadership Alumni network.