Patrick A. Kelsey was born and raised in Indiana.  He attended Ball State University and successfully completed a double major in both Technical Theatre, from the College of Fine Arts, and the award-winning Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management program, from the College of Business. He was awarded numerous scholarships and worked up to part-time jobs to put himself through school.

While studying theatre at Ball State University, he trained as a scenic designer and received a scenic design award from the American College Theatre Festival for the original play The Fourth Chair.  As an Entrepreneurship major, Patrick received the Ernst & Young Outstanding New Venture Plan for his small business plan for a dinner theatre entitled The Illustre Theatre.

Immediately graduating from Ball State University in 1994, Patrick moved to New York City to pursue a graduate degree from Columbia University in order to combine his lifelong interest in both business management and the performing arts with the intention of entering academia.  He was again awarded scholarships and an Graduate Assistantship in order to attend Columbia.

Throughout his entire academic career, he was involved in numerous organizations, both academic and professional, holding leadership roles in many.

While attending graduate school, PACE Theatrical Group (identified as Clear Channel Entertainment, later as SFX Entertainment, and today as Broadway Across America) recruited Patrick and he spent the next five years working in the commercial theatre.  He quickly assumed the post of Director of Operations for the largest touring circuit in North America and later served as General Manager of Broadway’s The Lyric Theatre (previously known as The Ford Center for the Performing Arts and helped to open the 2001 revival of the Tony awarding winning production of 42nd Street).  He also completed the 14-week course with the Commercial Theatre Institute.

In 1999, he earned his Master of Fine Arts authoring a thesis entitled Beyond the Great White Way:  American Commercial Theatre in Mexico and South America.

After leaving SFX Entertainment and commercial theatre, he assumed the post of General Manager for the arts education company Camp Broadway.  He was later hired as Managing Director for The Irish Repertory Theatre, an Off Broadway theatre company.  After four years he relinquished his post to assume that of Development Director in order to focus his time solely on fundraising towards the annual budget and an ongoing capital campaign.

In 2004, Patrick was awarded full tuition for his second Masters degree, a Master of Business Administration from Nyack College, of which he completed in May 2005 authoring a thesis entitled Theft Of Shareholder Wealth: The Fiduciary’s Responsibility To Human Capital Investment.  As a result of his scholarly endeavors, he earned the Dean’s MBA Scholarship Award and later served as Adjunct Professor teaching undergraduate general business and communications courses.

In his off hours, he served as Managing Director & Managing Partner of Manhattan Artist Representatives, LLC., a management agency for classical singers from 2007 – 2010 and on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer/General Manager of  Golden Door Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) from 2002 – 2008.

Patrick’s own educational endeavor The Performing Arts Administration Institute, a 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to advancing the education and training of arts administrators is currently in hiatus, but always active in spirit.

Today, in addition to being a husband and father of two beautiful daughters, Patrick serves as Professor of Business Design and Arts Leadership at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  He has served in this post since January 2011.  He is one of three full time faculty serving approximately 150 students between three campuses and serves as faculty advisor to all eLearning graduate students.

Patrick is a regular blood donor, registered as a bone marrow donor, and is registered to donate needed organs to anyone in need — at the time they may become available.  He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, originally raised in Shakespeare Lodge #750 in New York City and he served as Master of the lodge from 2008-2009.

The underlying foundation behind Patrick’s character style is the constant and never ending pursuit for personal and professional excellence without deviating from extremely high level of moral conduct and integrity.


Master of Business Administration – General Management (2005)
Nyack College, New York, NY
Thesis:  Theft Of Shareholder Wealth – The Fiduciary’s Responsibility To Human Capital Investment

Master of Fine Arts – Theatre Management and Producing (1999)
Columbia University, New York, NY
Thesis:  Beyond The Great White Way – American Commercial Theatre In Mexico And South America

Bachelor of Science – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Technical Theatre (1994)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Small Business New Venture Plan Capstone Paper:  The Illustre Theatre

Professional Development

Arts & Business Council Of New York:  National Arts Marketing Project Certificate; Commercial Theatre Institute (14-week program); The Foundation Center:  Introduction to Corporate Giving, Introduction to Fundraising Planning, Grant Seeking Basics, Proposal Writing, Budgeting Basics; Non-Profit Coordinating Committee:  Non-profit Governance; FEMA – National Emergency Training Center:  Emergency Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness (USA), The Professional in Emergency Management, Introduction to Mitigation, Anticipating Hazardous Weather & Community Risk, Developing and Managing VolunteersNational Fire Academy: Emergency Response to Terrorism; American Management Association:  Improving the Managerial Skills of the New or Prospective Manager; Commercial Theatre Institute (14-Week Program).

Academic Awards, Honors, and Recognition

Nyack College: Dean’s MBA Scholarship Award, Master of Business Administration Graduate Scholarship; Columbia University:  Shubert Presidential Scholarship, Hammerstein Center Departmental Research Assistantship; Ball State University: Ernst & Young Outstanding New Venture Plan – The Illustre Theatre; Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Meritous Scene Design Award – The Fourth Chair, Departmental Scene Design Award – The Loves of Cass McGuire, Upperclassman Theatre Scholarships; William Givens/First Merchants Bank Scholarship; Department of Theatre and Dance Performance Scholarship; George Vanlandingham/Junto Club Scholarship

Memberships and Affiliations


  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
  • Americans for the Arts & Americans for the Arts Action Fund
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
  • ArtsGeorgia
  • Georgia Arts Network


  • The Kelsey Kindred
  • The Irish Repertory Theatre
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Jamestown Settlement


  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society – Honorary Membership
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon, Ball State University & Nyack College
  • Graduate Student Activity Organization, Columbia University
  • School of the Arts Student Council, Columbia University
  • Student Advisory Council, School of the Arts, Columbia University
  • Council of Graduate Leaders, Columbia University
  • Delta Sigma Pi, International Professional Business Fraternity, (VP for Professional Activities, President), Ball State University
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon, Honorary Management Fraternity (Professional Committee), Ball State University
  • Featured in Who’s Who In American Colleges And Universities, Ball State University
  • Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, Ball State University
  • Student Chapter of USITT (Chairman/Founder), Ball State University
  • Senior VIP Connection (advisor), Ball State University
  • Peer Advisor, College of Business, Ball State University


Computer Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Blackboard
  • Fluid Survey
  • Fundraiser Software
  • Microsoft Office
  • PatronMail
  • Survey Monkey
  • QuickBooks
  • Window’s Operating Systems
  • WinTix/WebTix
  • WordPress

Hobbies and Interests

  • Cooking (with a special interest in a Sushi)
  • Early American History (1584- 1797)
  • Freemasonry
  • Genealogy
  • Herb Gardening
  • Salt and Fresh Water Fishing
  • Volunteerism

Production History

Off Broadway

Irish Repertory Theatre (Managing Director)

2007-2008 Season

  • Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown, Based on the novel by Jules Verne
  • Prisoner of the Crown by Richard Stockton, Additional Material and Original Concept
    by Richard T. Herd
  • Take Me Along, Book by Joseph Stein and Bob Russell, Lyrics and Music by Bob Merrill
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
  • Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
  • Sive by John B. Keane

2006-2007 Season

  • Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer by Aidan Dooley
  • Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton
  • Defender of the Faith by Stuart Carolan
  • Meet Me in St. Louis, Book by Hugh Wheeler, Songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
  • Irish One Acts:  Great White American Teeth by Fiona Walsh and Swansong by Conor McDermottroe
  • The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill

2005-2006 Season

  • Mr. Dooley’s America by Philip Dunne and Martin Blaine
  • The Field by John B. Keane
  • You Don’t Have To Be Irish by Malacy McCourt
  • George M. Cohan, Tonight! by Chip Deffaa and George M. Cohan
  • The Bells of Christmas conceived by Ciarán O’Reilly
  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
  • Beowulf adaptation and lyrics by Lindsey Turner, music and lyrics by Lenny Pickett

2004-2005 Season

  • Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel
  • She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Endgame by Samuel Beckett
  • After the Ball by Noël Coward
  • Triptych by Enda O’Brien


Ford Center for the Performing Arts

  • 42nd Street, 2001 Revival, Theatre Manager/General Manager


PACE Theatrical Group/SFX Theatrical/Clear Channel Theatrical (currently known as Broadway Across America)

  • Over one thousand commercial theatre playing weeks in over fifty markets throughout North America, 1996 – 2001, Assistant Director of Operations, Director of Engagement Relations, or Director of Operations

Off Off Broadway

Golden Door Productions

  • Shades of Male, 2003, General Manager and Lighting Designer
  • Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, 2005, General Manager


Ball State University

  • Sorry, too many to list easily, please check back later.  Most mostly I served as either Managing Director of the student-operated Strother Theatre or as a Set Designer.

Columbia University

  • Sorry, too many to list easily, please check back later.  Most are where I served as General Manager or press representative of student thesis productions.

Special Events

Irish Repertory Theatre

  • Cabaret of Stars, 2005, Managing Director
  • Cabaret of Stars II, 2006, Managing Director
  • Cabaret of Stars III, 2007, Managing Director
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration, 2008, Managing Director
  • Let Us Entertain You . . . Honoring Philip J. Smith, 2009, Development Director
  • Concert Presentation of Brigadoon at the Shubert Theatre, 2010, Development Director

Writing and Creative Samples

  • Serving From The Ivory Tower: Redirecting The Conversation (Survey Results) – Presented at the Association of Arts Administration Educators Annual Conference (2011)
  • Book Review – The Challenge of Change by Philip Coltoff (2007)
  • Latino Community Audience Development – Presentation for Flushing Town Hall (2007)
  • Theft Of Shareholder Wealth:  The Fiduciary’s Responsibility To Human Capital Investment – Masters Thesis, Nyack College (2005)
  • Human Resources and Valuation of Intangible Assets – Human Resources Strategies, Nyack College (2004)
  • The Irish Repertory Theatre and TRIPTYCH – Strategic Marketing Management, Nyack College  (2004)
  • Inc. – Origin of the Unaccountable – Managerial Thought and Ethical Implications, Nyack College  (2004)
  • Beyond The Great White Way:  American Commercial Theatre in Mexico and South America – Masters Thesis, Columbia University (1999)
  • The Illustre Theatre – Small Business New Venture Plan, Ball State University (1994)
  • The Loves of Cass McGuire – Scenic Design, Ball State University (1994)
  • The Fourth Chair – Scenic Design, Ball State University (1993)
  • The Silver Cord – Scenic Design, Ball State University (1992)

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