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Course Number: 93-813

Arts Facilities Management

Units: 6

The course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the many facets involved in managing and operating a performing arts facility - in general, and more specifically, in Pittsburgh. Lectures include detailed information about the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the form of organization; budgeting detail, facility cost studies, construction, day-to-day operations, security, box office issues, resident companies, small arts groups, collective bargaining, ticketing, shared services and more. Onsite theater visits and introduction to senior facility personnel are included.

Students are expected to complete two class projects, one being an attempt to resolve an actual theater operations-related problem, the other, to critique a particular facility, and students are given the opportunity to attend a Trust presented performance for this assignment. Guest lecturers include members of the Trust’s senior staff who lend their expertise and enrich the learning experience, and the local president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) who addresses topics related to collective bargaining, contracts and multiple union contracts.


Kevin McMahon