Organizer Biographical Sketch
Treasures of NAPOLEON was developed by Russell Etling. Mr. Etling has devoted his career to creating exciting, educational and uplifting audience experiences on a variety of platforms. He has directed the development and/or presentation of dozens of featured, permanent and traveling exhibitions on art and design, history, archaeology, physical science and natural history. Working with talented teams of curators, educators, designers and fabricators, his background in stage and theater as a producer, director and production coordinator enables him to foster innovation, understanding and entertainment in his exhibit projects. Mr. Etling worked in the museum field for 14 years as President and CEO of the Miami Museum of Science up until 2002. During his tenure, the institution was accredited by the American Association of Museums and became one of the first Affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution. It also became a national leader training teachers in technology and mentoring at-risk youth.
Prior to heading the Museum of Science, Mr. Etling's company produced and directed a halftime spectacular for national television, promoted stadium concerts, staged numerous major fundraising events and, for four years, managed production and directed lighting for Perry Como's national concert tours. A member of the Actors' Equity Association since 1980, Russell Etling has produced, stage-managed or appeared in more than 2,500 live performances with many of the greatest performers of the 20th Century. His early training was with Walt Disney Productions where he served as stage manager for three years. Mr. Etling graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management.
Russell Etling is based in Miami, Florida, where he was born and raised.