Diane Claussen is the managing director of the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. She came to Northwestern from the Philadelphia Theatre Company, where she was managing director for three years. Before that, she spent three years as managing director at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, and was executive director of the University of Chicago's Court Theatre for six years. She holds an MBA/MA in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University, and dual BA in theatre and communications from the University of Washington, Seattle. Claussen is the recipient of an ABBY Award from the Arts & Business Council of Chicago for arts management achievement and an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Group for service to the theatre community.