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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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Performing Arts Administration Study Abroad 2023 - London, UK

During spring break this year, students in the Performing Arts Administration, Visual Arts Administration, Media Culture and Communication, and Arts Education programs traveled to London to participate in the Creative and Cultural Industries in the US and UK course.

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NYU PAA Alumni Who Found Pathways to Professorship

Most students have an idea about where they see themselves professionally. In Performing Arts Administration, there are many paths to take - working as a company manager on Broadway, writing grants for an organization, or curating programs. In many cases, these initial paths often lead to new opportunities. We spoke with two experienced PAA alums who followed their respective paths, which eventually led to teaching arts administration at the university level.

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Katie Birenboim Features Cameron Terry on Call Time With Katie Birenboim

Katie Birenboim interviews fellow PAA graduate student Cameron Terry about the process he went through to start his own dance company, Shades Dance Theater. They talk about what it takes to be a founder and a leader.

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Performing Arts Administration Panel Discusses Steps for Internship Success

Student interns and hiring managers engaged with Performing Arts Administration students to share insight into how to maximize steps for securing an internship.

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Grad Student Monet Takeda Shares Her Journey to Performing Arts Administration

Graduate student Monet Takeda never saw herself in Performing Arts Administration until she realized all the potential and exciting opportunities awaiting her.

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Performing Arts and Visual Arts Administration Study Abroad 2022

This summer, students in the Performing Arts and Visual Arts Administration graduate programs traveled to Berlin and Paris as a part of the Issues and Practices in Arts Administration: The European Context course.

This course will be offered again in June 2024.

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Professor Donna Walker-Kuhne Shares Steps Towards Building an Anti-Racist Arts Organization

Walker-Kuhne discusses the relevance and importance of an anti-racism paradigm, as well as equity, diversity, inclusion and access, for arts organizations and cultural institutions.

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

Music and Performing Arts Professions Adjunct Faculty Timothy J. McClimon will step into the role of executive director of the influential Off-Broadway Signature Theatre permanently beginning July 1.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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