Alton Miller chronologically

updated January 2017

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Born in Washington, D.C., July 17, 1943, first of three sons
Grew up in Arlington County, Va.
except for a brief stay in Harrisburg, Pa.
(father in local politics there)
and my "Huck Finn" 4th grade year in rural Bartlett, Ohio.
(We used an outhouse, and had to
pump water for the kitchen or to take a bath)
Graduated Washington-Lee H.S., Arlington, Va. 1961

Tech assistant, technical director, lighting designer, stage manager, Washington Theater Club, an Equity off-Broadway style resident company, 1960-62
Attended George Washington University, American University (no degree), 1961-65
Copy boy (sic), Washington Post, 1962
Furniture mover, N.Y.C., 1963
Script & continuity assistant, filming of National Guard commercial series,
in New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, S. Carolina, Washington D.C., 1963
U.S. Marine Corps (Reserves) Basic Training, Parris Island, S.C., Hon. Discharge 1963
Forklift operator, Mainz, Germany, 1964-65
Mail clerk, U.S. Embassy, Brussels, Belgium, 1965

Sound technician, lighting assistant, Arena Stage, 1965-66
Press & Public Relations, Washington Theater Club: 1966-68
Technical director, set designer, Houghton Lake Playhouse, Houghton Lake, Mich.: Summer 1966
General Manager, Wayside Theater, Middletown, Va.: Summer 1968

Married Carol Elfring, 1966-1981
Daughter Julie born, 1967

PR & Marketing Director, Associate Producing Director, Arena Stage: 1968-76
Drama Critic, Washington Calendar Magazine and Washington Star, 1976-78
Marketing Consultant, Coolfont Conference Center & Resort, Berkeley Springs, W. Va., 1976-78
Visiting lecturer, art history, Georgetown University summer associates program, 1978

Managing Director, Washington Ballet : 1978-83
Guest lecturer, instructor, Smithsonian Institution, 1982

Married Cynthia Bandle, 1981-2005

General Director, Chicago City Ballet: 1983-84
Marketing consultant, Acting General Manager, Ohio Ballet (Akron), 1984-85
Press secretary, speechwriter, Mayor Harold Washington, 1985-1987.

Author/Editor, Climbing a Great Mountain: Selected Speeches of Mayor Harold Washington, introduction by Coretta Scott King, 1988
Author, Harold Washington: The Mayor, The Man, 1989
Editor and writer of "The Front Page" (politics, media, arts) section of Chicago Times Magazine, 1989-90
Political consultant, speechwriter, Mayor W. Wilson Goode (Philadelphia), 1989-90
Freelance writer, Chicago and Illinois arts, media and politics: American Theatre, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Politics, Illinois Issues, In These Times, Newsday, etc. 1989- 2001

Teacher, Columbia College, Marketing Communication Department: Adjunct faculty 1989-1999... Artist in residence 1999-2000... Full-time faculty, Acting Director Public Relations Studies 2000-2001

Coauthor (with William Warfield), William Warfield: My Music & My Life, 1991

Communications Director, Carol Moseley-Braun Senate primary campaign, 1991-1992
Marketing Communications Consultant, United Auto Workers, Caterpillar contract action, 1993-1998
Communications Consultant, Chicago City Treasurer Miriam Santos, 1993-2000
Marketing Communications Consultant, lecturer, arts advocate for Illinois Arts Alliance, 1995-2000
Author, CD-ROM presentation for the Illinois Arts Alliance, "The Arts in Illinois are a Billion-Dollar Business," 1996
Culture Editor, In These Times , 1996
Campaign Manager, Spokesman, Miriam Santos for City Treasurer, 1995... for Illinois Attorney General, 1997-1998... for City Treasurer, 1998-99

Entered full-time tenure track at Columbia College Chicago, September 1999

Author, lobbying handbook for the Illinois Arts Alliance, "Democracy in Action," 2000

Editor, special Columbia College issues of StreetWise weekly, Fall 2000 and Spring 2001

Granted tenure at Columbia College Chicago, February 2005
Awarded Master of Fine Arts in Writing by Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, July 2005
Associate Dean, School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago, July 2005 - August 2012

Married Dominika Golojuch, 2005
Daughter Victoria Emily born, 2007
Daughter Nina Mary born, 2011

Principal Investigator, "Crisis Communications Research Project," studying the application of social media in crisis prevention and response, 2010-2013.


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