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Performing Arts Administration

Founded in 1971, Performing Arts Administration at NYU Steinhardt  provides unparalleled academic and professional training to graduate students within a University acclaimed for preparing 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), graduates will be prepared to pursue a successful career in 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.

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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.

Info Session

Performing Arts Administration Recorded Information Session

View a recorded information session, where our Program director and advisors review the program curriculum, discuss the student and alumni experience, and end with a Q&A session!

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Arts Administration Celebrates 50 Years

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

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Cool Course: Students Visit UK to Study Arts Policy and Practice

A Steinhardt course comparing the creative sectors in the US and the UK takes advantage of NYU’s London hub to give students hands-on experience in arts administration.

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NYU PAA Kicks Off "Backstage Pass" Series at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation

The NYU Steinhardt Program in Performing Arts Administration spent time at the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, exploring different career paths in the arts by engaging in one-on-one conversations with alumni and staff.

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Performing Arts Administration Panel Shares Steps for Internship Success

Student interns and hiring managers engaged with Performing Arts Administration students to share their insights into how to secure an internship.

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PAA Students and Graduates Connect with NYC Arts Community

Students and recent graduates enjoyed connecting with members of the New York City performing arts community to learn how to cultivate professional connections and create their own career paths.

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PAA Faculty, Students, and Alumni Shine at AAAE Annual Conference

The Performing Arts Administration program was well represented at the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ (AAAE) annual conference on June 1-4, 2023.

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NYU PAA's Minji Kim Completes Executive Coaching Certificate

Kim looks forward to incorporating her coaching skills into her academic advising and anticipates a positive impact on PAA students.

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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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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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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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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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