Theatre Admin Intensive

2025 NCTC Theatre Admin Intensive

Spring 2025


The NCTC Theatre Admin Intensive is a full-day professional development program led by NCTCBuild foundational skills in fundamental administrative topics, including:

  • Jobs in Theatre Administration
  • Theatrical Landscape in the U.S.
  • Non-Profit Structure and Law
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • The Role of a Theatre Board
  • Marketing and Audience Development
  • Development (Fundraising)
  • Advocacy
  • Launching a Career in Theatre Administration
  • Case Study: Operating a Successful Nonprofit Theatre with Studio 1

The Intensive is limited to 30 participants. 

Statewide Sponsor

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Program Options

College & University Faculty & Staff

Do you want to help prepare your students for a career in arts management? Nominate them for the NCTC Theatre Admin Intensive.

Nominate your most outstanding juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are considering careers in theatre arts administration, or those who may plan on starting their own theatre company. Each faculty/staff member may nominate up to 5 students, and multiple faculty/staff members from the same institution may submit nominations. Request special permission to nominate more than 5 students, or to nominate students in their first or second year of undergraduate study.

Participants will learn about jobs in arts administration and how to pursue those careers. Students will dive into numerous administrative topics in hands-on sessions, including fundraising, marketing, advocacy and non-profit governance. The Intensive will be a great resume credit, and students will earn a certificate of completion in addition to learning directly from prominent industry leaders.

$150 per student. We can accept payments from colleges, or from individual students. If the college wishes to pay a portion of a student’s fee, we ask that the college make the full payment to NCTC and work out the finances with the student.

Nominations will open in early 2025. NCTC staff will review nominations on a rolling basis and make final admissions decisions. Preference will be given to students from NCTC member colleges, and to students who show a commitment to theatre arts and a strong interest in arts administration. The Intensive is limited to 40 participants. Because nominations are reviewed on a rolling basis, the event may sell out prior to the deadline.

March 1, 2025 (tentative)

Emerging Leaders & College Students

Are you looking to grow your own theatre company or advance a career in arts management? This event is for YOU!

Emerging leaders are early to mid-career artists, arts administrators, and board members working in theatre, and current juniors, seniors, and graduate students studying theatre who want to grow their skills in arts administration. Past Intensive attendees include community theatre board members, leaders of new theatre companies, and arts administrators looking to take the next step in their careers. Bachelor degrees are not required to apply. Applicants not currently enrolled in a degree granting program should be able to demonstrate a commitment to theatre arts.

Participants will dive into numerous administrative topics including fundraising, marketing, advocacy and non-profit governance. The Intensive will be hands-on, and will include learning from prominent industry leaders. If you are running your own company, producing your own work, or identify as an emerging leader in the theatre industry, this event is for you!

$150 per person.

Applications will open in early 2025. NCTC staff will review applications on a rolling basis and make admissions decisions. The Intensive is limited to 40 participants. Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, the event may sell out prior to the application deadline.

March 1, 2025 (tentative)

2024 Presenters

Angie Hays, NCTC Executive Director

Angie Hays (she/her) is passionate about inspiring a love of theatre in students, hopeful they will grow up to be arts patrons and advocates, regardless of the career path they choose. Angie has been the leader of NCTC since 2007. In this time, she has also served as an adjunct professor of Arts Administration at Greensboro College and Elon University, and as a guest lecturer at several colleges including UNC Greensboro, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University, Salem College, and Appalachian State University. She currently serves on the Arts Advisory Councils for Greensboro College and Hocking College and is a past board member of ArtsNC. She has been a grant panelist for the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts Greensboro and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Angie earned a BA in Theatre from Kent State University and a MFA in Performing Arts Management from the UNC School of the Arts (where she was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award in 2010). In her free time, Angie enjoys points travel, being the unofficial Disney trip planner for her friends, and spoiling her cats.

Tami Kress, Studio 1 Executive Director

Tami Kress has her Master’s Degree in Theatre from Idaho State University. Tami is the Executive Director of Studio 1 which includes the Holly Hill Mall location and Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre. Tami started Studio 1 from the ground up when she moved to North Carolina in 2006. She is honored that Studio 1 received The Outstanding Community Theatre Award from NCTC for 2021. Her greatest accomplishment are her two daughters.

Khalisa Thompson, North Carolina Arts Council Theater and Literature Director

Khalisa Rae Thompson (she/her) joined the Arts Council staff on September 19 as our new theater and literature director. Khalisa Rae is an award-winning storyteller and poet, and an activist. She is the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat; the chapbook, Real Girls Have Real Problems; and the play, 7+ Deadly Sins of Being a Woman. As an arts and humanities historian and lover of Black Southern narratives, Khalisa has been featured by the Cameron Art Museum, the Southern Humanities Review, the N.C. Literary Review, the N.C. Museum of History, and more. We’re so glad to have her on our team. 

Tiffany Albright, NCTC Director of Communications and Operations

Tiffany Albright (she/her) is a passionate nonprofit administrator and artist. In the past decade, she’s worked with organizations like National AMBUCS, Triad Stage, Communities in Schools, WorldTeach, and Film at Lincoln Center. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from UNC-Greensboro and a B.A. in Film Studies from UNC-Wilmington. Her primary interests are in expanding access to the arts and finding ways to more closely align nonprofit organizations with the needs of their communities. She’s an award-winning film director, producer, and screenwriter, and the founder of Queer Fear Film Festival and Lunar Kitchen Films. She lives in Greensboro with her active teenage and two rescue dogs.


Cancellation requests must be made in writing to Requests made by March 1 are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellation requests made after March 1 are nonrefundable.


NCTC works to ensure our programs are available to all of the state’s citizens, including people with disabilities. If you wish to request assistance or have questions about accessibility, please contact NCTC Executive Director Angie Hays at

2024 NCTC Theatre Admin Intensive

2024 Theatre Admin Intensive Participants