Sarah Clare Meyer

  • B.A., theater/music, Hope College
  • M.F.A., theater/arts administration, Wayne State University

"As a teacher, I have found great joy in sharing my experiences and mentoring students as they strive to develop careers that are functional and fulfilling. All of my courses include practical elements, whereby students explore the industry's ups and downs, the history of the work and its impact on the field, and the realities artists and administrators face when they enter the workforce, always reminding students of the big picture and the interconnections within it.

"It is a thrill and a privilege to spend time with my students, sharing my thoughts and ideas, and learning from their dreams, ambitions and the creative energy they bring the Arts and Entertainment industry. I particularly enjoy working with them as they journey into a life in the arts, navigating the practicalities of art as a business and as a lifestyle.

"As a manager who began her career as an artist, I understand the unique aspects and challenges of both the artistic and managerial viewpoints. More importantly, I have become increasingly interested in exploring the process of collaboration between the two sides, in the hope of facilitating communication — and even blurring lines — so that artists and managers can function as one unit. I encourage students to embrace the interaction between artist and manager and ultimately, the practitioner and the industry."

Sarah Clare Meyer | Business design and arts leadership professor


Association for Arts Administration Educators

Previous Positions

Company manager, Chautauqua Theater Company; managing director, Pig Iron Theater Company; company manager, New York Stage and Film; company manager, Barrington Stage Company; artistic partner, Breathe Art Theater Workshop; advisory board, Serenbe Playhouse; advisory board, New York Shakespeare Exchange

Publications and presentations

"Teaching an Artistic Staff the Skills of Leadership: A Case Study in Practical Application of Leadership Principles in the Arts" - "The International Journal of the Arts in Society" Vol. 3, Issue 1, fall, 2008. Common Ground Publishing