Brooklyn College

Performing Arts Management

As one of the oldest and best known arts management programs in the country, the program recruits students who are seeking to enhance and build their career path in the performing arts fields through experiencing a practical class education with industry leaders and a structured four-semester internship and residency program with three-to-four different professional commercial and non-profit arts organizations.

Recent graduates are working in the following organizations:
Disney Theatricals
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Dunch Arts
Metropolitan Opera
New Georges
SITI Company
The Public Theater

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the Performing Arts Management Program is to provide an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the performing arts to help them acquire an understanding of business theories and techniques and the application of these to the performing arts and to assist them in gaining a variety of meaningful work experiences in the field through externships and professional residencies. The goal of the program is to graduate students who are immediately qualified to assume specialized administrative positions with professional arts organizations and importantly students who will eventually assume leading management positions in the field.


A total of 60 credits are required to complete the program. The first semester is designed as a foundation in basic research techniques, arts management principles and business practices. The next two semesters offer an intensive study of the different specializations that comprise the field of performing arts management. The fourth and final semester offers an advanced seminar in addition to a professional residency on which the student bases an in-depth Evaluation Report. All classes are held in the evening so that students may fulfill internships during the day throughout their first three semesters. Students intern with leading arts organizations, changing their jobs each semester in order to broaden their experiences, strengthen their resumes, and grow networks of professional contacts. Being in the workplace and the classroom throughout the program creates an exciting dynamic as experience and theory are constantly exchanged and discussed within the context of both environments.

During the first semester, most courses are taught on the Brooklyn campus. Thereafter, almost all classes are offered in Manhattan. Descriptions of the following core courses are provided in the Brooklyn College Graduate Bulletin. Courses are three credits each, except as otherwise noted:

* Principles of Performing Arts Management
* Global Theater History I/II/III (students will take two of the three courses in the series)
* Fundraising for the Performing Arts
* Financial and Managerial Accounting
* Business Management for the Performing Arts
* Promotion and Marketing for the Performing Arts
* The Performing Arts and the Law
* Technology and the Performing Arts (Institutional Teamwork, Budgeting and Planning/Technology in the Performing Arts)
* Theater in the Classroom (Artistic & Educational Programming: Engagement, Collaboration, and Inclusivity)
* Labor Relations for the Performing Arts
* Seminar in Performing Arts Management (Organizational Leadership and Personal Branding)
* Theater Design and Planning (Theater Operations)
* Artistic/Managerial Decision Making in the Performing Arts
* Externships (3 semesters/4 credits each/minimum of 200 hours)
* Professional Residency and Thesis Report (6 credits/4-month full-time residency resulting in detailed thesis report)


Admission requires an undergraduate degree with a major in one of the performing arts. Consideration is also given to applicants who do not meet course requirements but who have equivalent experience. Applications for the fall semester are due by February 1, but admissions will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Applicants must meet Brooklyn College requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies, which can be found online here.

In addition, applicants must submit a written essay on professional goals. THE BROOKLYN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE ALSO REQUIRES THAT YOU SEND YOUR ORIGINAL SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (which include your transcript, letters of recommendation, and program-specific requirements) TO THE BROOKLYN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICE. Please don’t send the original admissions materials to the theater office!!

Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States

Jessica Bathurst

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 718-677-6173

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