Patrick A. Kelsey

  • B.S., entrepreneurship, technical theatre, Ball State University
  • M.F.A., theatre management and producing, Columbia University
  • M.B.A., Nyack College

"Arts administration is my passion. After seeing my first play, I knew I was going to have a career in the theatre. However, as the years passed, I also realized that my creative talents paled to those around me. It is then that I discovered the discipline of arts administration and I never looked back. I love everything about it, none more than that the arts administrator is indeed a 'jack of all trades, master of none.' For the arts administrator, no two days are the same and every day is a challenge.

"Having 'paid my dues' as a professional and learned a lot in both commercial and not-for-profit theatre, I felt it was time for me to share my experiences with those that share my passion. It is my objective to teach others all that I know so they can then become the arts leaders of tomorrow."

Patrick A. Kelsey | Business design and arts leadership professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Dean's MBA Scholarship Award, Nyack College; Ernst & Young Outstanding New Venture Plan - The Illustre Theatre, Ball State University; Meritous Scene Design Award - The Fourth Chair, KC/American College Theatre Festival; Master of Business Administration Graduate Scholarship, Nyack College; Shubert Presidential Scholarship, Columbia University; Hammerstein Center Departmental Research Assistantship, Columbia University


Association of Arts Administration Educators, Americans for the Arts

Previous Positions

Managing director, development director, Irish Repertory Theatre; general manager, Camp Broadway; general manager, Ford Center for the Performing Arts; director of operations, Clear Channel Entertainment/SFX/Pace Theatrical Group

Publications and presentations

Association of Arts Administration Educators 2011 Annual Conference Panelist 'Serving From The Ivory Tower: Redirecting The Conversation'