Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Arts Administration


Arts Administration

Major Professor

James Marchant

Second Advisor

Elise Gallinot Goldman

Third Advisor

Richard Read


This thesis is a deep dive into the performing arts in Puerto Rico through the lens of Hurricane María, the devasting 2017 storm. Utilizing interviews with eight performing arts leaders and organizations as case studies (Asociación ACirc; Agua, Sol y Sereno; Centro de Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico; Centro de Economía Creativa; Centro Danza; Teatro Breve; Teatro Público; and Vueltabajo Teatro), it looks at performing arts organizations in the aftermath of the storm and their roles as community leaders, community builders, and agents of change. It poses performing artists as first responders and lays out the need for more robust cultural policies and government support. The thesis also considers Puerto Rico’s complex political situation and how the performing arts have been at the core of activist movements, helping to shape societal change. Gathering this information helps inform arts leaders and administrators so they may be better prepared for future catastrophes.


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