Duncan Webb

Duncan M. Webb founded Webb Management Services, Inc. to provide management consulting services to the arts and cultural industries. Since its founding in 1997, the firm has successfully completed more than 400 consulting assignments for the advancement of cultural communities, organizations and facilities.

Duncan’s career in the arts began onstage as a lovesick maiden in a 1969 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. After college, he became a banker, spending seven years in commercial lending and international finance. In 1986, after many years of volunteer work in the arts, he came into the field as a producer of experimental, industrial, and commercial theatre, with such credits as the Canadian premieres of Changing Bodies, Children of a Lesser God, Blood Brothers, Orphans, Marshall Bravestarr, and Barbie and the Rockers. He also developed marketing and sponsorship programs for the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables.

A Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Duncan has been an active speaker and published writer on arts management and the development, operation and financing of arts facilities. Webb’s book “Running Theaters: Best Practices for Managers and Leaders” was the first book ever written on the management of performing arts facilities. It was recently translated in Mandarin and is being used to inform cultural development throughout China. A second edition is now in development. He recently taught a course entitled “Managing in an Arts Environment” in the Arts Administration graduate program at Baruch College (CUNY.)
Duncan Webb