Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Author Archives: dianalfreeberg

The Cosby Show

I, like many others, have been following the buzz around Bill Cosby for the past few days. A few years ago, I remember hearing allegations that “America’s Favorite Dad” had … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 5 Comments

Andddd I Just Threw Up in My Mouth

Apparently there is a new musical coming to town. That town is Las Vegas, and that musical is about “Duck Dynasty”. If you threw up in your mouth, don’t worry, … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments


Well, it’s been a while since I posted an update on Columbia student, Emma Sulkowicz and her performance art thesis. So here you go. I’m sure we all know how much … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

National Cat Day and the Mega-Musical that Just Won’t Go Away

Fittingly, today is National Cat Day and I’m going to talk about the musical that just won’t die: Cats. Maybe I have a personal bias because I was in a terrible … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Science of Live Performance and Who It Leaves Behind

“Plays are meant to be seen performed live. You can’t always take your kids to a play but if you can, you should. The story can be conveyed in a … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Street Art in the Navajo Nation

Ever since I was a child I have been obsessed with graffiti. I could never draw or paint, so it wasn’t that I was wanting to go out and do it … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Beckett and the One Woman Show

“So to return to this production was like falling back into a dream I’d had before. Then I realized I felt that way the first time. That’s because these plays, … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Revival Reborn and a Big Hollywood Pricetag

Throughout my undergrad I was told that the revival carries a specific message. A show is brought back to life for one reason, and it’s not how eternal the material … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Oh, Shia LaBeouf.

Earlier this year, actor Shia LaBeouf created a performance art piece entitled #IAMSORRY. During the piece, LaBeouf sat at table with a paper bag over his face that read “I … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

International Ballet Coming to a Screen Near You

World Ballet Day will be on October 1, 2014. This year, five ballet companies will be joining forces to live stream a behind-the- scenes look at their performances. These companies … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Performance Art and Sexual Assault on Campus

Over the past few days I have seen this article circulated on Facebook by several friends. Emma Sulkowicz is a senior at Columbia University majoring in visual arts and has taken … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

50 Shades Takes the Stage

““This is real life; this isn’t a book,” Ana says. “If it was, it would be terrible.” Can’t argue with that. Fortunately, “50 Shades!” is a musical parody, and a … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 6 Comments