Students collaborating on costume design

Cross-discipline collaboration

Work with artists from all disciplines as a student advisory board member for the annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

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Student acting

The face of the Theatre

Gain extensive experience in customer relations and ticket sales while managing the front of house

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Masks on table

Build a bridge between your studies and your career

Network with professionals and polish your skills by completing an internship within an arts and cultural organization

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Theatre BA: Arts Administration

Offered by: Theatre

Working in the arts doesn't only mean performing. Often, it's what takes place backstage that determines whether a production-or company- will succeed or flop. Through the Arts Administration track, undergraduate students prepare for careers in administration and support services for nonprofit cultural agencies, institutions, and performing arts organizations.

Why Choose Theatre: Arts Administration?

Hands-on experience is often the differentiator when it comes to finding a job. At SRU, you'll have plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice by participating in the management and support services for the Theatre Department and the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival. The SRU Arts Administration track has also been enhanced by relationships with the Midwestern Arts and Humanities Foundation, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Unseam'd Shakespeare Company, and numerous other local and regional arts organizations and artists. Additionally, students majoring in Arts Administration complete internships, enabling them to network with professionals and expand their skills. Finally, since 2016, SRU has toured six productions to the world's largest international theatre festival, the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our arts administrators return from this program having been responsible for marketing, front-of-house and box office operations for a professional production on an international stage.

What Will You Learn?

You'll learn the basic principles, processes, and best practices relating to organizations in the arts industry such as:

  • Audience development
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Production

Students in Arts Administration also receive opportunities to enhance their education through participation in supported conferences and festivals.

Careers In Theatre: Arts Administration

There are a wide variety of career opportunities for Arts Administration graduates including Marketing, Development, Community Outreach, and much more. Learn more about many of the exciting career possibilities that a Theatre degree from SRU can open up for you!