Theatre Administration, Arts Administration
An Insight Into Arts Management Opportunities Through Pipe Dreams Theatre
Kenzi Parsons is earning an Arts Administration major, Theatre concentration, Dance minor, and a Digital Media Marketing certificate.
1. What is your role in the Pipe Dreams student-run venture and how has your major prepared you for this role?
I’ve held multiple roles throughout my time in Pipe Dreams. Last year, I served as the Marketing Director for the 18-19 season, and this year I’m working as the Director of Development. This means I’m responsible for any forms of income that Pipe Dreams is receiving besides ticket sales, which includes grant writing and planning different fundraisers and fundraising events. I’m also the Interim Managing Director for the 20-21 season, which means I’ve spent this semester working with the rest of the interim exec team to plan and budget our upcoming season.
2. What is your proudest moment relating to Pipe Dreams?
Probably my proudest moment in Pipe Dreams was all the work I did on our production of Carrie. I was Marketing Director at the time, and we had to set a lot of high goals for our income in order to fund the production of the show. It was a lot of pressure, but I was able to lead the company into meeting our goals and now Carrie is the top-selling show to ever be produced by Pipe Dreams. On top of that, I was also juggling being the choreographer for the production. It was definitely interesting to be working so in-depth on both sides of the production but incredibly rewarding.
3. How can you take what you have learned by working in Pipe Dreams and apply it to your future career goals?
Pipe Dreams was honestly one of my deciding factors when it came to choosing Millikin because I knew it wouldn’t just apply to my career goals, it was basically a chance for me to experience my career before it actually started. It has allowed me so many experiences that I never expected to see myself doing in undergrad. Coming into college, I really saw myself focusing on marketing, as I’ve always been really passionate about social media and graphic design. However, now that I’ve taken all the positions I have with Pipe Dreams, I feel equipped to take on a number of positions in different fields of administration, like marketing, development, and accounting. Pipe Dreams has also allowed me to become a better leader, refining my skills in leadership, delegation, and communication. It also has allowed me to become a more well-rounded theatre artist.
4. Anything else you want to mention?
I’ve been really thankful for my experience in the Arts Administration program. I think that people don’t tend to realize how many different options and opportunities there are in this major and in this field. I spent a lot of my life thinking I was going to be a performer, but this program is really where I’ve found my niche because I get to maintain the structure I need in my life while still regularly helping to produce art and tell stories, which is my real passion. I’m also really thankful for all the friendships and connections I’ve made across the Millikin campus community, as they all support me in my drive towards my goals.