Type of Document Dissertation Author Cuyler, Antonio Christopher Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04052007-005405 Title The Career Paths of Non-European-American Executive Opera Administrators in the United States. Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Art Education, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Pat Villeneuve Committee Chair Anne Hodges Committee Member Marcia Rosal Committee Member Patrick Mason Committee Member Keywords
- Arts Management
- Opera Administration
- Career Path Studies
- Career Development Theory
- Arts Administration
Date of Defense 2007-01-26 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe individual and organizational practices that advance and impede careers of people of color are well documented in research (Alfred, 2001; Bell, 1990; Clay, 1998; Chee, 2004; Darden, 2003; Dawkins, 2004; Fagneson, 1993; Green-Powell, 1993; Huang, 1995; King-Toler, 2004; Lester, 1996; Livingston, 2000, 2003; Salleh-Barone, 2004; Scott, 2003; Thomas and Gabarro, 2005). In the arts, however, little is known about the career challenges, choices, and patterns of professional growth of non-European-American executive-level managers. DiMaggio (1987) studied the careers of executive managers in the arts, but excluded opera administrators and ignored the scarcity of non- European-Americans in these positions. Yet, affirmative action, the bi-cultural life structure theory, and Alfred’s (2001) internal/external model offer explanations for how non-European-Americans achieved executive careers in major opera companies.
Consequently, this exploratory qualitative research study examined the career trajectories of three non-European-American executive opera administrators to identify career advancers, career barriers, career strategies, and beneficial experiences to their career success. Through in-depth-semi-structured interviews, follow-up interviews, content analysis, and document analysis, this study compiled the most comprehensive primary source material on the career paths of non-European-American executive opera administrators. The findings of this study support the development of a paradigm that will assist future arts administrators in their pursuit of vertical mobility in arts administration.
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