Performing Arts Administration


Performing Arts Administration

The Performing Arts Administration minor helps students learn to collaborate through an interdisciplinary approach to the business of the performing arts. The arts world is highly collaborative; our program produces successful arts managers who can creatively problem solve within this environment. Students hear diverse perspectives from faculty and work alongside professional arts managers through internships. This robust minor is the perfect complement to a major in theatre arts, music, communications and media, or even business, and is essential for the student planning a career in arts management.

City Connections

Learn arts management through semester-long immersions in two of the world’s prime cultural capitals: New York and London.

You and your classmates enjoy private visits to performing arts venues and institutions, meeting and making connections with professionals in the field. Through these exclusive interactions, you get firsthand experience in the rewards and challenges of a career in performing arts administration. These programs are especially relevant to the minor:

  • NYC Semester on Theatre
  • NYC Semester on Social Entrepreneurship
  • London Semester

Class-Act Facilities

The Dorothy Young Center for the Arts—70,000 square feet of creative and performing arts spaces—gives Drew students opportunities to learn, collaborate and create right on campus. Drew is also home to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. These venues nurture a rich creative community and give students in the minor work-study and internship opportunities, from publicity to box-office management.


Incoming students may apply for a Drew Scholarship for the Arts. Those with a commitment to civic engagement may also be interested in applying for a Drew Action Scholarship.

Current students benefit from several awards and scholarships in the arts. In particular, students may apply for the Patenaude Internship Scholarship to help offset expenses connected to internships.

Internships Galore

Students are required to do an administrative internship at an arts organization, giving you real-world experience for your résumé. (And maybe even a job offer!)

Our students have interned at:
• Sony Records
• Roundabout Theatre 
• Signature Theatre
• Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
• Jacob’s Pillow
• American Repertory Theatre
• Walnut Street Theatre
• The McKittrick Hotel

Launch Your Future Career

Our program puts graduates on a path to success. Some start their own company or enter graduate programs at many of the nation’s best institutions. Others go on to become top executives in leading arts organizations. A sampling:

Top Jobs
• Vice President, Dunch Arts, NYC
• Director of Finance, Manhattan Theatre Club
• Director of Development, Playwrights Horizons, NYC
• Director of Development, Theatre Development Fund, NYC
• Producing Artistic Director, Bottom’s Dream, NYC
• Executive Director, New Olympus Theatricals
• Executive Director, Speak About It, Inc.
• Marketing Director, Rattlestick Theatre

Great Grad Schools
• Yale 
• Carnegie-Mellon
• Boston University