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Performing Arts Administration

Founded in 1971, the Performing Arts Administration graduate program provides unparalleled academic and professional training within a university acclaimed for its preparation of global leaders in business, management, and the arts. Employing a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, join peers from around the world to study with industry-leading faculty and top arts professionals. Utilizing the resources of three NYU schools -- Steinhardt, Wagner, and Stern -- and several NYU global campuses (London, Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai), students will be well prepared to pursue a successful career in a wide range of performing arts and cultural organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.  

Master of Arts
Performing Arts Administration

Build on your performing arts background and prepare for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations.


Bachelor of Fine Arts / Master of Arts
Theatre / Performing Arts Administration
Dual Degree

Earn a BFA in Theatre and an MA in Performing Arts Administration in just five years, studying both business and the arts and interning at top organizations.

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Student Experience

From study abroad and networking events to diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops and seminars, PAA students participate in a wide range of activities throughout the year that enrich their course of study and accelerate professional growth.


Students in the Performing Arts Administration graduate program are required to complete two internships to acquire “real world” professional experience and build a network of professional contacts.

Arts Administration Celebrates 50 Years

Performing Arts Administation and Visual Arts Administration celebrate 50 years at NYU.

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Professor Timothy J. McClimon Named Executive Director of New York's Signature Theatre

Timothy J. McClimon, currently the interim executive director of Signature Theatre, the nationally influential Off-Broadway theater, will step into the role of executive director permanently beginning July 1.

Professor Donna Walker-Kuhne Received Margot Adams Signature Award

Walker-Kuhne was honored at the 2022 Signature Theatre Gala for a transformational impact she made in advancing the institution’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and access commitment.

Alumni Speak on Careers in Commercial Theatre

The NYU Performing Arts Administration graduate program invited outstanding alumni and their colleagues to share their experiences and career paths in the commercial theatre industry.

NYU PAA Students Explore What Diversity Means to their Graduate Program

At the latest Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Arts Workshop, the Performing Arts Administration students participated in the change-making process of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their graduate program.

Performing Arts Administration Program Presents Spring Internship Panel

Student interns and hiring managers engaged with the current performing arts administration students and shared insights into how to maximize the experiential learning through internships. Here’s a brief recap.

PAA Student Caylin Waller’s Startup Journey Through NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

From the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s “Startup Sprint” to NYU Tandon’s “InnoVention Competition” -- explore Caylin Waller’s journey to develop “Theatre Advocacy Project” using NYU’s entrepreneurship resources.

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In Solidarity with Our Communities

Check out the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions’ statement and initiatives to advance Equity, Belonging, and Community Action.

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Information Session

 MA in Performing Arts Administration

An online information session about the Performing Arts Administration degree program was held in November 2020. Contact us at to view the presentation slides used during the session.