Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The following report, which I hope will serve as a reference for future alumni and arts administrators who are interested in theatre operation and performing arts management, is based on my internship experience at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, which took place from July 1st to September 30th, 2009. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is a performing arts center which is uniquely designed to bring international and culturally-diverse programs which range from music to dance to drama to the Orange County community. It has the capacity to hold 756 people. It is managed by an independent non-profit operating company with its own professional staff and governed by a volunteer-based board of directors. This report includes detailed information in regards to the Barclay's history and current operations. It also includes sections on my contributions, a S.W.O.T. analysis, best practices, and recommendations I've formulated from knowledge I have acquired through the Arts Administration program and my internship as a multi-purpose assistant at the Barclay. It is important to note that throughout the time my internship and the writing of this report took place, the United States was experiencing the effects of a severe economic recession.