Arts Management & Entrepreneurship

BW Arts Management
Bryan L. Bowser
Director of the Arts Management Program
Boesel Musical Arts Center
Phone Prof. Bowser's Administrative Assistant, Caroline Arendec, for a Phone or In-Person Appointment, 440-826-8068, or Email

Arts Management Preparation and Curriculum

BW’s leader status in undergraduate arts management education continues as it launches the first-ever Arts Management & Entrepreneurship major in the US.

BW’s Arts Management & Entrepreneurship major prepares you to integrate the artistic and business elements of a successful career in the arts with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Whether you have aspirations for producing the next Broadway hit or creating your own arts business, the Arts Management program at BW prepares you for center stage in your field.

Graduates look to careers in the marketing, public relations, development, operations, fundraising, curatorial, front-of-house and education departments of not-for-profit and for-profit arts organizations including:

  • concert venues
  • record labels
  • symphony orchestras
  • theater, opera and ballet companies
  • private dance studios
  • art museums and galleries
  • national, state and local arts councils
  • foundations
  • presenting organizations
  • broadcast and cable television stations
  • film companies


As an arts management and entrepreneurship major, you have the opportunity to customize your BW experience as you choose electives, internship placements and a required arts minor or double major (art, creative writing, dance, film studies, music or theatre)

Primary Partner of the Program —


Cleveland’s Playhouse Square (PS), the largest performing arts complex in the US outside of New York City, is the primary artistic partner of the BW arts management program.  Throughout your four years, you will have opportunity to learn about PS’s unique operating model and interact with professionals from the PS staff.  Each spring BW arts management students help PS to produce its annual International Children’s Theater Festival.


As an arts management and entrepreneurship major, you will complete 3 internships; real world experiences and building a network of professional arts managers is integral to success in the field.

Senior Capstone

During your final spring semester, you participate in the senior capstone.  In addition to final professional development and preparation for the job market, seniors participate in a multi-tiered collaboration with Playhouse Square.  Along with the team of arts management seniors, you produce a show at PS and assume the roles of marketing directors, operations managers and education directors making real world decisions and seeing the results of your efforts.


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