Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Karen Fuller

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael J. Wagner

Third Advisor's Name

Mark Nerenhausen

Date of Defense



The problem examined in this study involved the lack of inclusiveness within upper level positions in the performing arts production arena. Traditionally, the production domain has centered on a Eurocentric Model where homogeneity is favored.

The study was conducted with three major phases in mind. The first was to bring the reader to an awareness of what it means to build an inclusive community. The second included historical data to confirm the industry's bias practices of exclusion of minorities and women. The third and final phase shows the development and implementation of programming which lends itself to diversifying the performing arts production domain.

Findings concluded an effectiveness of both the content and process of the Performing Arts Production program as a means of providing opportunities for minorities and women toward attaining a successful management careers in performing arts management. Furthermore, this study illustrated a number of programs and opportunities available for minorities and women who wish to embark upon upper level positions within performing arts production.



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