Graduate Student Spotlights

Sean Waugh

Performing Arts Administration

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
The Performing Arts Administration program at NYU is one the most renowned and well-established programs in its field. As the oldest graduate program in developing arts managers, it has a proven track-record of preparing and securing its graduates for the most demanding positions within our nation's most elite arts organizations. Centered right in the heart of New York City, the cultural capital of the world, the program provides a nearly endless amount of opportunities for its students when it comes to securing internships and learning from the best and brightest in the field. On top of all that, New York City never ceases to provide the highest caliber of arts events and performances on a daily basis! The perfect training grounds for the future of arts leadership! For me, it was a no-brainer... I had to learn from the best, and I had to be in this amazing city, it's a perfect match!
My inspiration is:
artists of the future
If I could change the world, I would:
bridge art with everyday life
Something I collect:
Why I went to Graduate School:
to further my skills and knowledge
The best gift I've ever received:
a trip to NYC when I was 12!
My biggest challenge is:
overcoming anxiety
The professor who influenced me the most:
Professor Stefano Algieri, from my undergrad
How I take my coffee:
double cream and sugar
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
move to NYC
My secret passion is:
What I do to de-stress:
listen to a musical

Background Information

Where you grew up:
North Brookfield, MA
What are your plans after you graduate?
Hope to secure a position here in New York with a major arts organization
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Received the Duncan Campbell Memorial Award for Art Song and the Elizabeth Wirth Scholarship in Music at McGill University. Also received the Scarlet Key, an award recognizing outstanding service to my alma mater, McGill University.
Community Service and Other Activities:
In Montre?al, I served as the founder and coordinator of the Schulich Ambassadors Program. The program serves as an outreach and leadership forum for students in the Faculty of Music at McGill University to gain leadership skills outside of the practice room by serving as advisors and representatives of their peers.