Charlotte D’Armond Talbert
Charlotte D’Armond has spent over 30 years working in the arts and higher education and has had the privilege of collaborating with students in the areas of non-profit arts management, theatre production, artistic creation, speech communication, and other related areas. Her work with over 50 arts, culture, and science organizations in an intense collaboration utilized all of those areas to build connections. At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Swallowhill Music, Lakewood Cultural Center, Colorado Symphony and many others, she has brought programming and professional development to thousands. “Dr. D” is proud and excited to have worked with many University College students who are employed in the arts.
Charlotte earned her associate degree at Lees-McCrae College, her Bachelor of Arts at Carson Newman University, and her Masters in Library Science and Theatre and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Charlotte’s work has included teaching theatre and speech at LSU, Johnson C. Smith University (an HBCU) in Charlotte, NC, and at her alma mater Lees-McCrae College. Her experience with this wide range of institutions has built a familiarity with students from many different backgrounds and abilities – meeting them where they are in their education.
Charlotte was the Coordinator of the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative (now “The Collaborative”) in metro Denver, a non-profit dedicated to maximizing the abilities, resources and offerings of arts and science organizations large and small. Several DU students have built connections with those non-profits for a personal careers.
Currently, she is the Company Librarian for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts/Denver Center Theatre. She consults with various entities, including the Salina, KS, Arts and Humanities Department and regional theatre professionals. Charlotte has been recognized by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for her work building cultural non-profit connections and working with public schools, and was named Outstanding Teacher at both JCSU and LMC.
Motivation for Teaching
A career in the arts can seem daunting since performance opportunities are often limited and all too brief. However, bringing new information, experiences, and pathways to students who desire to be involved in the arts professionally beyond the stage or exhibit hall drives Charlotte’s teaching. She gives students both the information and the connections to build a career in a non-profit museum, theatre, dance, film, music or mixed-media organization.
Helping Students Be Successful
While theories are presented as part of the classwork, just as important are the practical applications of how to run a non-profit arts and culture organization. We explore together the use of business terms, practices, goals and evaluation through numerous examples, practical case studies, and discussions. Students are encouraged to let Charlotte know when life gets challenging outside of school and what we can do together to succeed. Many students stay in touch with Charlotte after they graduate.