Raised in a family of educators, Rachel Bishop always knew teaching was in her blood. Now at Southern Utah University, she is sharing her experience and talents to inspire the next generation of arts administrators.
Bishop’s experience has been rich and diverse. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Media Arts (with an emphasis in Stage Management) from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. Bishop has worked in various types of arts organizations, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery in Cedar City, The Utah Symphony & Opera and Sundance Film Festival & Institute in Salt Lake City, Inter-Borough Repertory Theatre Ensemble in New York City, The Nevada Arts Council in Carson City, and the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf in Connecticut.
Nearly eight years ago, she started teaching at SUU as an adjunct instructor in the Theatre Arts and Dance Department. In 2013, Bishop became the Arts Administration Program Director.
She now teaches the following classes:
- AA 3010- Survey of Arts Administration
- AA 4010- Legal Issues for Artists
- AA 6010- Principles of Arts Administration
- AA 6040- Arts Advocacy and Cultural Policy
- AA 6210- Grant Writing
- AA 6220- Fundraising Event Planning
- AA 6810- Marketing the Arts
- AA 6890- Professional Arts Internship
- AA 6900- Capstone Internship
- AA 6940- Master of Arts Final Project
- AA 6980- Degree Defense
As director of SUU’s Arts Administration program, Bishop has been invited to serve on several boards and committees at local, state, national, and international levels. Currently, she is chair of arts administration on the board for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII, and serves on the Membership Committee for the Association of Arts Administration Educators.
Though she has years of experience and recognition, Bishop said her time at SUU has been one of the most influential and memorable. She loves how involved everyone can be, whether in a specific area of study or with an outside interest.
“The experience of students at SUU is enriched by major-based activities, university clubs, study abroad opportunities, and experiential learning projects,” she said. “Here, students can find their path, their people, and really come to own their education.”
Like most professors, Bishop enjoys witnessing the moment when the light turns on in a student’s mind. She looks forward to the point when everything clicks for a student, and they finally understand.
“In arts administration specifically, I love seeing my students latch onto arts advocacy,” she said. “That is what this program is all about, to create empowered advocates of the arts. When I see students turn into advocates, I know they will be successful in their career as arts administrators.”