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M.A./M.B.A. Graduate Student Assists Development at Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Clint Riley successfully integrates documents into software with Dallas’s oldest dance company during internship

by Katrina Leshan (B.M. ’13 Classical Guitar Performance)

Clint Riley, a graduate student in the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, was the sole administrative intern selected to work with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) development department during the spring 2011 term.  He served as a project manager, coordinating the integration of donor documents into Tessitura: Arts Management Software.  DBDT uses this program to integrate donor, marketing and audience data. In May 2012, Clint will graduate with joint M.A./M.B.A. degrees from Meadows and the Cox School of Business. The internship was another step in his arts management career; before attending SMU, he worked for eight years in the marketing department of the Santa Fe Opera.

DBDT is Dallas’s oldest, continuously operating professional dance company.  It was founded in 1976 with the mission to “create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities,” and successfully reaches this goal year after year through the generous support of individual, corporate and foundational sponsors.  The company presents performances both nationally and internationally annually, and is one of Dallas’s biggest sources for youth art education.

(source: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Annual Report, www.dbdt.com)  

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