Patrick A. Kelsey

Patrick A. Kelsey

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
First year at SCAD:

"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."


"Two beautiful daughters."

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

Publications and presentations

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

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

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • AADM 225 Legal Issues in Arts and Entertainment
  • AADM 701 Principles of Arts Administration
  • AADM 739 Raising Funds for Arts Organizations
  • AADM 745 Promoting the Arts