“I had a pretty rude awakening when I realized that I was not going to make it as a dancer. I wasn’t very happy because I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with my life… It takes a whole lot of people to make art happen and I decided that what I was meant to do in this business was to create a space where the art can happen.”
– Mallory D. Pierce, I AM THEATRE
I can definitely remember the excitement and joy I had when on any stage growing up in Texas – and then realizing perhaps acting was not my calling. After college, I set out to New York to somehow find a way to combine my interest in communications and my passion for theatre. How could I help raise visibility for the arts? After working in public relations, I participated in the Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellowship – which literally changed my life and set me on a new path. Only then did I begin to truly understand the complexity, creativity and rigor of arts management. I realized I had skills that could be better used as an administrator to champion the arts.
When did you realize there was a whole other world behind the stage?
What excites you about arts administration?
Are there enough quality education/training programs for arts administrators?
Let us know, or better yet, don’t just tell, show.