Karalee Dawn MacKay

Title: Academic Director & Professor of the Arts Management International Study Abroad Immersion Courses, & Nontraditional Student Mentor

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Email: kdawn@gmu.edu

Phone: 646 373-9771

Bio

KARALEE DAWN MacKAY (Academic Director & Professor of the AMGT International Study Abroad Immersion Courses) has wide-ranging professional experience in performing arts management and production throughout the United States (Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, not-for-profit and commercial). She has served as the General Manager of the Signature Theatre Company (NYC), Managing Director of the Jose Quintero Theatre and the Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC), and in various capacities at American Stage Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Odd Act Theatre Group, Theatre of the First Amendment, Ballet Hispanico, Hartford Ballet, Boneau/Bryan-Brown, and the William Morris Agency, among others. Current projects include serving as Production Management Consultant for Christian D’Andrea’s “The Porch and the Art of Listening to America.”

International projects include serving as the producing director and marketing coordinator for Odd Act Theatre Group’s production of How the Money Goes at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and as the production manager and lighting designer for Winter Under the Table as part of the Festival De Teatro de la Habana International Theatre Festival in Havana and a workshop production with Teatro Los Elementos in the Cienfuegos province in Cuba.

International research includes her dissertation, Today We Are All Scottish!: The Performance of Self, Community, and Nation at Highland Games and Gatherings that focuses on the creation, performance and claiming of Scottish cultural identity and heritage in the United States and Scotland. An article based on her research, titled “Tartans, Kilts and Clans On Tour: Exploring Issues of Mobility, Heritage and Cultural Homecomings at the Gathering 2009” was published by Cambridge Scholars in the edited volume, Exploring Travel and Tourism: Essays on Journeys and Destinations (2012). Upcoming articles include, “American by Birth, Scottish by Blood:” Staging Scottishness at Highland Games and Gatherings in the USA” for an edited volume (Title TBD) with Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2017); and an upcoming article with colleague Dr. Natalie Tenner entitled, “From the Classroom to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Inspiring Students, Professors and Audiences on an International Journey of Practice and Creation.”

Her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including the American Anthropological Association, Performance Studies International, Northeast Modern Language Association, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Mid Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, among others. She has chaired panels at the American Anthropological Association International Conference and the Mid America Theatre Conference.

At George Mason University, Dr. MacKay serves as the Academic Director and professor for the AMGT international immersion courses in collaboration with Mason Study Abroad. Through guest lectures, discussions, on-site observations, exclusive guided tours and meetings with top arts organization executives, cultural policy and diplomacy experts, entrepreneurs, heritage and tourism managers, and artists, the students are provided with a base of knowledge regarding current challenges and opportunities in international arts management in each country that is visited. Past international courses have traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, and The Netherlands. In the summer of 2017, Dr. MacKay will offer the next international course that will feature an immersive 19-day educational experience in The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Delft, Utrecht) and in Brussels, Belgium.

A proud first generation and non-traditional college graduate, she received her MA and Ph.D. in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.

EDUCATION

A proud first generation and non-traditional college graduate, she received her MA and Ph.D. in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation, Today We Are All Scottish: The Performance of Self, Community, and Nation at Highland Games and Gatherings focuses on the creation, performance and claiming of Scottish cultural identity and heritage in the United States and Scotland.

An article based on her research, titled “Tartans, Kilts and Clans On Tour: Exploring Issues of Mobility, Heritage and Cultural Homecomings at the Gathering 2009” was published by Cambridge Scholars in the edited volume, Exploring Travel and Tourism: Essays on Journeys and Destinations (2012). Upcoming articles include, “American by Birth, Scottish by Blood:” Staging Scottishness at Highland Games and Gatherings in the USA” for an edited volume (Title TBD) with Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2017); and an article with colleague Dr. Natalie Tenner entitled, “From the Classroom to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Inspiring Students, Professors and Audiences on an International Journey of Practice and Creation.”

Her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including the American Anthropological Association, Performance Studies International, Northeast Modern Language Association, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Mid Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, among others. She has chaired panels at the American Anthropological Association International Conference and the Mid America Theatre Conference. She has been awarded several Goldhaber Travel Grants, three International Initiatives Awards and a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, which allowed her to spend five weeks in Scotland pursuing research on The Gathering a featured event of the inaugural Homecoming Scotland.

Current research includes international arts management collaboration and outreach practices and a resource handbook for non-traditional students that are considering or have recently begun graduate school.

She has received the Faculty Member of the Year Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016. In 2013, the Faculty Member of the Year Award was renamed the Professor Karalee Dawn MacKay Excellence in Teaching Award, in recognition for five years of outstanding teaching and service to the students of the Arts Management Program.

In 2015, Dr. MacKay was nominated for the Career Connection Faculty Award, that celebrates Mason faculty who have made a positive impact on students’ career goals, employment plans, or graduate school preparation.

Education

BA, Central University of Iowa (Central College); MA, University of Maryland; PhD, University of Maryland

Courses Taught

AMGT 599 Viral Marketing & Social Media in the Arts
AMGT 599 International Arts Management in the United Kingdom (Summer 2014)
AMGT 599 International Arts Management: The Netherlands (Summer 2015)
AMGT 599 International Arts Management: England & Ireland (Summer 2016)
AMGT 599 International Arts Management: The Netherlands & Belgium (Summer 2017)
AMGT 602 Seminar in Arts Management
AMGT 604 Public Relations and Marketing Strategies for the Arts I
AMGT 608 Public Relations and Marketing Strategies for the Arts II

Selected Publications

MacKay, Karalee Dawn. “Today We Are All Scottish!: The Performance of Self, Community, and Nation at Highland Games and Gatherings” PhD dissertation, University of Maryland, 2012.

MacKay, Karalee Dawn. “Tartans, Kilts and Clans On Tour: Exploring Issues of Mobility, Heritage and Cultural Homecomings at the Gathering 2009” in Exploring Travel and Tourism: Essays on Journeys and Destinations, edited by: Jennifer Erica Sweda, Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

Awards

2009, 2010, 2012, 2016 Faculty Member of the Year Award for Teaching Excellence.
2015, Nominee, Career Connection Faculty Award

Research Interests

International arts management collaboration and outreach, international theatre collaboration, community engagement, nontraditional student outreach and support

Professional Affiliations

Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), Board Certified
American Anthropological Association
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Mid America Theatre Conference
Mid Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association