Brian LaDuca

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Brian LaDuca

Executive Director, Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

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M.F.A., Directing for the Stage and Screen, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

B.F.A., Performance Studies (Directing & Producing), University of Illinois - Urbana


Brian LaDuca is the creator of the IDA (Ideation-Disruption-AHa!) pedagogy for Applied Creative learning, which is the study of critical theory as creative practice into innovative application across the disciplines of study. As the executive director of the IACT, his mission is focused on empowering a forward-thinking 21st century student with the ability to confidently develop the imaginative and creative skills necessary to excel and impact today’s innovative and global workforce regardless of degree focus. He also serves as the Director/Educator for the Collaboration Accelerator that involves leading the design and creative education and innovative application of an 11-week summer internship that most recently worked with Air Force Research Labs, University of Dayton Research Labs and Emerson Climate Technologies on challenges focusing on connectivity, additive manufacturing and UAS social engineering.

Recent publications include "An Arts-Based Instructional Model for Student Creativity in Engineering Design" for the American Society for Engineering Education and an upcoming work for Palgraves Publishing entitled "The Performing Arts as High Impact Practice." He has presented on his research in Applied Creativity, 4D Design and Generational Theory at the Pave Conference (Arizona State University), the Lilly Conference (Miami University-Ohio), AAC&U's Ohio-PKAL, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries conference, Imagining America, KEEN, and at the 10th International Seminar on Integral Education in Mexico City in 2017. Currently, he is finalizing the first national undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation with co-sponsorship with University of Dayton's  School of Engineering.

Mr. LaDuca holds a BFA with Honors in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Directing for the Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His professional experience includes work at both his alma mater institutions, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and most recently the University of Dayton.