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President of Mission Paradox


Adam Thurman is President of Mission Paradox a consulting firm that focuses on marketing and branding issues. As part of Mission Paradox he has led presentations and workshops for Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Civic Knowledge Project and the Arts and Business Council. He also has worked overseas, doing two workshops on marketing for artists in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal.

He is also Director of Marketing and Communications at one of the largest nonprofit theatres in the Midwest. During his tenure as Director of Marketing the theatre has had some of the highest grossing productions in their more than 58-year history.

Adam is a former board member of the League of Chicago Theatres and has served on the Illinois Arts Council’s Advisory Panel. He has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by Americans For the Arts and the Theatre Communication Group.

He has also been featured in The LA Times, Time Out New York, the Chicago Tribune, TedxBroadway and Chicago Artist Resource.

He has two short marketing talks on video:

The Impact of a Gift -

Power and the Arts -

His ebook, Authentic Arts Marketing, is available as a free download here:

If you want to contact Adam you can email him at


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