FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has hired Martin Kagan as its new executive director of performing arts.
Kagan, who resides in Riverside, will oversee the music and orchestral, choir and dance programs and work directly with Jerry Goehring, executive director of the performing arts department. He will also develop and manage budgets, implement grants and pursue fundraising.
“SHU’s performing arts program is growing and it’s exciting to be a part of that progression,” Kagan said, adding that he enjoys working with students and seeing how they grow over their years. academics. “You see how their experience in the arts changes them and broadens their perspectives,” he said.
Kagan has over 30 years of experience in international nonprofit management, particularly in the arts and theater world. One of his most recent positions was assistant vice president of the Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York for 10 years. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Pace and taught a course on managing creativity.
Prior to his career in higher education, Kagan was President and CEO of The Dance Gallery in Los Angeles, California; executive director of the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA; general manager of the John Anson Ford Theater and the Ford Theater Foundation in Los Angeles; and executive director of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation in New York.
Kagan said his proudest accomplishments include establishing performing arts programs in some of the institutions where he worked, developing and observing them.
“Martin’s experienced leadership will greatly benefit SHU’s performing arts program, which has seen enormous growth,” said Goehring. “We are thrilled to have him on the performing arts team as we enter a new phase of artistic excellence for students, faculty and staff.”
To learn more, visit the Performing Arts webpage.
About Sacred Heart University
As the second largest independent Catholic university in New England and one of the fastest growing in the United States, Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs at its campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. Over 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, media and arts; social work; computer science and engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Dr. Susan L. Davis, RN, & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent College. The Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions because it was created and run by lay people. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward-thinking thinkers who embrace change – in their own lives, professions and communities. . The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Top 387 Colleges – 2022 Edition“Best Northeast” and Best Business Schools – 2022 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station WSHU, a Division I athletics program, and an impressive performing arts program that includes a choir, orchestra, dance, and theater. www.sacredheart.edu