Department of Management and Marketing

Michael Morelli

Director of UM Entertainment Management

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Education

Ph.D. Fine Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX: Theatre, with emphasis in Arts Administration - Acting/Directing

M.B.A., Regis University, Denver CO: General

M.F.A. Theater, Utah State University, Logan UT: Directing

B.S. Theater, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Courses Taught

BMGT 401/MBA 694 (60D) Event Management, In-Class, Fall - Online, Summer 
 o This course explores the conceptualization, design, implementation, and structure of events across live entertainment, sports and special offerings such as weddings, trade shows, and conferences through lecture, guest instructors, and volunteer work. 
 
BMGT 402/MBA 694 (64E) Entertainment Management I, In-Class, Fall/Spring - Online, Summer 
o This course uses practical events across the entertainment industry to increase students understanding of the field through hands on applications of lecture and readings through live music, theater, dance, and other events.
 
BMGT 403 Entertainment Management II, In-Class, Spring
o This course brings entertainment professionals into weekend classes to explore in-depth the industries and professions available to students upon graduation.
 
BMGT 474 Entertainment Industry Research and Planning, In-Class, Spring
o This course provides students with a better understanding of the processes involved in the conceptualization, development, production and or marketing for businesses, particularly entertainment related entities. This is done through a variety of real world projects.

Teaching Experience

 

Director, University of Montana Entertainment Management (UMEM) Program, University of Montana, (2015 - Present) Missoula, Montana

BMGT 401/MBA 694 (60D) Event Management, In-Class, Fall 2015-Present, Online, Summer 2016, 2018, Present.

  • This course explores the conceptualization, design, implementation, and structure of events across live entertainment, sports and special offerings such as weddings, trade shows, and conferences through lecture, guest instructors, and volunteer work. 

BMGT 402/MBA 694 (64E) Entertainment Management I, Fall 2015-Present, Spring 2016-2019. Online, Summer 2018-Present.

  • This course uses practical events across the entertainment industry to increase students understanding of the field through hands on applications of lecture and readings through live music, theater, dance, and other events.

BMGT 403 Entertainment Management II, Spring 2016-Present.

  • This course brings entertainment professionals into weekend classes to explore in-depth the industries and professions available to students upon graduation.

BMGT 474 Entertainment Industry Research and Planning, Spring 2019-Present.

  • This course provides students with a better understanding of the processes involved in the conceptualization, development, production and or marketing for businesses, particularly entertainment related entities. This is done through a variety of real world projects.

Adjunct II Online/Mail-In/ In-Class Instructor, Central Texas College, (2005 - Present), Certified Blackboard Instructor

HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation, Online, Spring 2015–Fall 2006.

  • A wholly online course delivered to traditional students as well as military personnel stationed around the world. This course is an exploration of the purposes and processes in the visual and performing arts (such as music, painting, architecture, drama, and dance) and the ways in which they express the values of cultures and human experience.

HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation, Mail-In Instructor, Spring 2015–Fall 2010.

  • Grading and providing meaningful feedback for mail-in courses for at-sea military service personnel. This course is an exploration of the purposes and processes in the visual and performing arts (such as music, painting, architecture, drama, and dance) and the ways in which they express the values of cultures and human experience.

In-Class Adjunct Instructor, Central Texas College-Marble Falls campus, HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation, Spring 2005-Spring 2007, Marble Falls Texas

  • Lecture delivery. This course is an exploration of the purposes and processes in the visual and performing arts (such as music, painting, architecture, drama, and dance) and the ways in which they express the values of cultures and human experience.

Certified for Business (BUS) courses. 

Graduate Part Time Instructor, Texas Tech University, (2001- 2004) Lubbock, Texas

THA 2303 Theatre Appreciation, Spring 2004.

  • Lecture and practical study incorporating application of the various activities and methods of theatrical practice with required attendance at representative plays. 

THA 2301 Introduction to Acting, Fall 2003.

  • Interactive, experiential course highlighting fundamental principles of acting for nonmajors, with emphasis on establishing a working vocabulary and basic acting process.

THA 2304 Introduction to Cinema, Course Supervisor, In-Class Lecturer, WebCT Designer and Administrator, 12 sections, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003.

  • Lecture hall delivery (300 students) blended with an online technology support system divided into 12 lab sections. A study of the cinematic art form. 

 

Adjunct In-Class Faculty, Truckee Meadows Community College, (1997-1999) Reno, Nevada

SPTH 209 Theatre Practicum, Community College Little Theatre, Summer 1999.

  • A production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Cast from student and local actors and performed in the downtown amphitheatre in cooperation with the city of Sparks, Nevada.

SPTH 209 Theatre Practicum, Senior Theatre, Spring 1999.

  • A course comprised exclusively of senior citizens. This course developed participant’s personal life experiences into short 10 minute plays. Every participant wrote, directed, and performed in plays.

SPTH 200 Introduction to Theatre, Spring 1998, Fall 1998, Spring 1999.

  • A survey course covering a variety of different aspects of theater including play analysis, historical style, play writing, acting, directing, technical theater and more. Representative plays are analyzed from a performance-based perspective. 

SPTH 113 Public Speaking, Fall 1997, Spring 1998, Fall 1998.

  • Study of theories and principles of speech with participation in public speaking and interpersonal communication activities.

Projects

Currently developing "Booked" (in conjunction with 2 OER grants through the University of Montana system and designer Geoff Pepos) an app designedto teach students how to book talent into venues.

Field of Study

Live Entertainment and Production

Affiliations

Flathead Lake International Cinema Fest, Judge

IEBA, Organizational Member

Missoula Children's Theatre, Board Member

MusicBiz, Organizational Memeber

Pollstar, Organizational Member

 

 

Specialized Skills

Campaigns/Grants/Gifts

  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Secured in conjunction with COB development team), University of Montana - UMEM, $50,000, 2019.
  • Grant written/awarded, University of Montana, OER@UMT Create Grant, $2,500.
  • Grant written/received/returned, Destination Missoula/Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), University of Montana – Montana Music Summit, $5,000, 2019.
  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Secured in conjunction with COB development team), University of Montana - UMEM Program Coordinator position, $52,000, 2018.
  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Secured in conjunction with COB development team), University of Montana - UMEM, $50,000, 2018.
  • Grant written/received, Destination Missoula/Missoula Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), University of Montana – Montana Music Summit, $10,000, 2017.
  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Solicited in conjunction with Switchback Records student group), University of Montana – Switchback Records, $5,000, 2017.
  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Secured in conjunction with COB development team), University of Montana - UMEM, $50,000, 2017.
  • Individual gift (s) received, Rick Lugash, University of Montana - UMEM, $20,000 (two gifts, $10,000 each), 2017.
  • Grant written/received,  University of Montana - School of Business Administration Faculty Research, $2,100, 2016.
  • Individual gift received, Rob Beckham, University of Montana - UMEM, $10,000, 2016.
  • Individual gift received, Eric Manegold, (Secured in conjunction with SOBA development team), University of Montana - UMEM, $50,000, 2016.
  • Individual gift received, Rob Beckham, University of Montana - UMEM, $10,000, 2015.
  • Membership Campaign, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, (Generated as part of Membership team) $40,100, 2015.
  • Name A Seat Campaign, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, (Generated as part of Membership team) $51,000, 2010-2015.
  • Grant written/received, Arts Midwest, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, $2,400, 2015.
  • Membership Campaign, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, (Generated as part of Membership team) $37,800, 2014.
  • Grant written/received, Arts Midwest, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, $3,400, 2014.
  • Membership Campaign, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, (Generated as part of Membership team) $33,00, 2013.
  • Grant written/received, Arts Midwest, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, $2,800, 2012.
  • Grant received, Kent State University Tuscarawas Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award, (Received as part of PAC team) $15,000, 2012.
  • Membership Campaign, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, (Generated as part of Membership team) $31,100, 2012.
  • Grant written/received, Arts Midwest, Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, $4.100, 2010.
  • Individual gift received, Dale Lauren Foland, (Solicited with Dean of College)  Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center, $40,000, 2009.
  • Grant received, Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, (Secured as part of the development team) Kent State University Tuscarawas – Performing Arts Center Construction, $10,000, 2010.
  • Grant written/received, Arts Midwest, Michigan Technological University – Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, $2,700, 2008.
  • Individual gift received, Eileen J. Niva Estate, Michigan Technological University – Unrestricted, used Gallery space creation, $40,000 2008.
  • Membership Campaign, Hill Country Community Theater, (Generated as part of Membership team) $42,000, 2007.
  • Grant written/received, Texas Commission on the Arts, Hill Country Community Theater, $1,500, 2007.
  • Fundraising Campaign, Hill Country Community Theater – Stay at Home Fundraiser, $8,500, 2007.
  • Individual Gift Solicited, Hill Country Community Theater – Estate planning, est. $850,000, 2007.
  • Membership Campaign, Hill Country Community Theater, (Generated as part of Membership team) $40,500, 2006.
  • Grant written/received, Burnet County Commissioners – Hotel Occupancy Tax, Hill Country Playwriting Festival, $10,000, 2006.
  • Grant written/received, Texas Commission on the Arts, Hill Country Community Theater, Hill Country Playwriting Festival, $500, 2006.
  • Fundraising Campaign, Hill Country Community Theater – Stay at Home Fundraiser, $12,500, 2006.
  • Membership Campaign, Hill Country Community Theater, (Generated as part of Membership team) $38,000, 2005.

Professional Experience

Selected Artists Booked/Presented

Broadway

Avenue Q, Blueman Group, Cats, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Evita Fiddler on the Roof, MAMMA MIA!, Rock of Ages, Rain, Spamalot’, Wedding Singer, Wizard of OZ

Classic/Cultural

Aga-Boom, American Brass Quintet, Christmas Carol, Circo Comedia, Cirque Mechanics, Cyrano de Bergerac, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peking Acrobats, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Pirates of Penzance, Proof, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Tissa Hami

Comedy

Bill Engvall, Capital Steps, Colin & Brad, Complete World of Sports, Daniel Tosh, Gabriel Inglesius, Jeff Dunham, John Oliver, Rodney Carrinton

Dance

Ballroom with a Twist, Chi of Shaolin, Kevin Lo

STAGE DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

  • Play Me Montana                               Dennison Theater, Missoula, Montana, 2017
  • The Complete Works of

           William Shakespeare (abridged)        Hill Country Community Theater, Marble Falls, Texas, 2007

  • Musical Comedy Murders of 1940     Hill Country Community Theater, Marble Falls, Texas, 2006
  • Isn’t It Romantic                                 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 2005
  • Isn’t It Romantic                                 Texas Tech University, Angel Fire, New Mexico, 2005
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream            Lubbock Community Theater, Lubbock, Texas 2004
  • Mystery of the Clover Caper             Fitzgerald’s, Reno Nevada, 1997
  • The Complete Works of

William Shakespeare (abridged)      Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno Nevada, 1998

  • The Importance of Being Earnest       Utah State University, Logan Utah 1996
  • Zoo Story                                            Utah State University, Logan Utah 1995
  • A Slight Ache                                      Utah State University, Logan Utah 1995
  • Dulcitius                                              Utah State University, Logan Utah 1994
  • Callimicus                                           Utah State University, Logan Utah 1994
  • Greater Tuna                                      Bluebird’s Nest, Logan Utah, 1994
  • Fortune and Men’s Eyes                     Utah State University, Logan Utah 1993
  • Private Lives                                       University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming, 1990
  • Sexual Perversity in Chicago             University of Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming 1989

Scripts Developed:

  • Life is Shortz                                      20 Mins. Don’t be Boring, New Philadelphia OH, 2013
  • Fixin’ It                                               Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, 2004
  • The Coloring Book                              Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV 1998
  • Painters                                              Utah State University, Logan Utah 1996
  • Redgraves Men                                   Utah State University, Logan Utah 1996
  • Her Voice                                            Bluebird’s, Logan Utah, 1995

Honors / Awards

  • Outstanding Performance Award, University of Montana, 2020
  • Telly Awards – Bronze Award Winner, Television, General - Live Production, Co-Producer, “My Grandpa’s Fiddle”, 2019
  • Flathead Lake International Cinema Festival (FLIC) – Audience Favorite, Co-Producer, Play Me Montana, 2019
  • Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award in Management and Marketing 2018 - 2019
  • Professor of the Week, University of Montana Football program, 2018