Arts Administration Program
David Howson

David C. Howson
Teaching Professor
and Arthur Zankel Executive Director of Arts Administration
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Prof. Howson is charged with directing the College’s arts administration program for undergraduates. For the program, he teaches courses in arts administration and philanthropy, engages guest-lecturers and community arts leaders, and advises students on curriculum and internship matters. In 2011-2013, Prof. Howson led the programming efforts of SaratogaArtsFest, a four-day, city-wide, all-volunteer community arts festival. He increased the caliber and diversity of programming to include national artists: The 5 Browns, Tiempo Libre with guest pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and Broadway legend Ben Vereen.

Before moving to Saratoga Springs, Prof. Howson was the interim executive director of the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, a multi-venue performing arts complex, where he had been the associate director and faculty member in the theatre department since 2004. Home to the resident departments of theatre and dance, music, and art and art history, the center presented over 150 concerts, plays and other performances each academic year. Active in the development of new work, the Modlin Center co-commissioned the piece “Double Sextet” by Steve Reich which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in music for its world-premiere performance at Modlin by Grammy Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird. For the Modlin Center’s theater program, Prof. Howson produced the Monday Night World Theater annual dramatic reading series of new and relatively unknown works for the stage. For the academic program, Prof. Howson was the co-director of the interdisciplinary concentration in arts management. As part of Richmond’s inaugural Sophomore Scholars-in-Residence initiative, he designed and implemented a living/learning community focused on examining leadership in arts management. In addition to attending classes together, students in the community traveled to Washington and New York where they engaged with leaders in the field. As a President’s College Fellow, he created programs to bridge academic and extracurricular experiences and increase faculty interaction with students outside of the classroom. Specifically, he created RC ArtStart, an initiative focused on increasing attendance at arts performances and exhibitions by first-year men. Before joining the faculty of Richmond, Prof. Howson was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn. Previously, he worked at the University of Richmond as a development officer and as assistant registrar.

Prof. Howson has served on the board of directors for Saratoga Arts, a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to developing and promoting a thriving year-round cultural environment in the greater Saratoga, N.Y., region. At his home in Glens Falls, he serves as vice chair on the board of trustees of The Hyde Collection, an art museum and historic house complex. He is also president of the board of trustees of the Depot Theatre in Westport, N.Y., on Lake Champlain.

Prof. Howson holds a B.A. and a master of liberal arts degree from Richmond as well as a master of fine arts degree in theater management from the Yale School of Drama.