In 2015 Eric Booth was given the nation’s highest award in arts education (Americans for the Arts Arts Education Leadership Award), and was named one of the 50 most important people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a successful Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of six books. He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 34 years, where now he is the leader of their Teaching Artist Development Lab). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), five national service organizations, cities, states and businesses around the U.S., and as Senior Advisor to the El Sistema movement in the U.S. and abroad.
A frequent keynote speaker (including the closing keynote at UNESCO’s first World Arts Education Conference and the keynote to the world’s first conference on arts and communities), Eric founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, was given the first honorary doctorate for a career as a teaching artist—he is often called "the father of the teaching artist profession." He has co-designed and/or facilitated all four of the largest performing arts conferences in U.S. history. His sixth book, Playing for Their Lives (reporting on the global growth of the El Sistema movement) was published by W.W. Norton. ericbooth.net