Dr. Rachel Shane is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the BA and MA programs. Dr. Shane is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society (JAMLS); the Chair of the Scientific Committee for Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts (STPA); and currently serves as a Board Member for the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE).
Dr. Shane is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Arts and Cultural Management: Critical Sources to be published in 2017 by Bloomsbury Press. She has numerous published articles including “Resurgence or Deterioration: The State of Cultural Unions in the 21st Century”; “Inciting the Rank and File: The Impact of Actors’ Equity and Labor Strikes”; and "Deaccessioning: A Policy Perspective."
Prior to joining the UK faculty, Dr. Shane served as Department Head and Professor of Arts Administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she established the arts administration department and grew it to the fourth largest graduate program at the college. At SCAD, she led the design and creation of three degree programs including one of the only completely online graduate programs in arts administration, a Master of Art degree program on-campus and an undergraduate minor in Arts and Entertainment Management.
In the field, Dr. Shane served in a variety of capacities as an arts administrator. She was the Managing Director of the Elm Shakespeare Company in New Haven, Conn. She also served as the Associate Director of Education at the Delaware Theatre Company and as the Theatre for Young Audiences Tour Director and Theatre Summer Camp Director for the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Fla.
Dr. Shane earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration at The Ohio State University. She also earned a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from Northern Arizona University, and an A.A. degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.