Arts Administration

Arts Administration Faculty & Staff

Rachel Bishop Rachel Parker Bishop
Program Director / Assistant Professor
Phone: (435) 586-7873
Office: SH 101C

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts degree 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. Rachel 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. She has taught at Southern Utah University for seven years.

Bill Byrnes William J. Byrnes
Professor Emeritus of Arts Administration
Phone: (435) 531-9212

Bill Byrnes came to SUU in 2004 as Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. He has extensive experience in higher education management, planning, and administration and was the Associate Provost at SUU for 5 years. He has been teaching in the field of arts administration and theatre management for over 25 years. He has managed and produced over 150 events and productions in the performing arts over the last 40-plus years. His textbook, Management and the Arts, is in its 5th edition.

Nikki KoontzNikki Koontz
Assistant Director of Marketing, Southern Utah University
Phone: (435) 586-5487
Office: BB 304F

Nikki Koontz is the Assistant Director of Marketing Communication for Southern Utah University. In this role she coordinates SUU's press coverage, content marketing, video creation and directs social media efforts across multiple platforms. Previous to her employment at SUU, she was the Media and PR Manager for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for more than four years. She became an adjunct professor for the Arts Administration program in 2014 and teaches courses on marketing and event planning. She was a Hilberry Theatre Fellowship recipient and earned her MFA in Theatre Management at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She holds a BA in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton.

Zachary Murray Zachary Murray
General Manager, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Phone: (435) 586-1973
Office: USF 165

Born in Montana and raised in southern Utah, Zachary Murray has experience working in business and accounting in a number of industries. Zachary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s Degree in Accountancy and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Zachary has worked as the Controller for a construction company in Las Vegas, as the Auxiliary Accountant for the Controller’s Office of Southern Utah University and as the Director of Business Operations for Student Services prior to working in his current position. Since May of 2014, Zachary has served as the General Manager of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, overseeing the financial and business operations of the Festival.

Joshua Stavros Joshua Stavros
Media and Public Relations Manager, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Phone: (435) 586-1969
Office: USF 151

Josh Stavros is the Media and Public Relations Manager for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has a BS in Theatre and an MFA in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. For the past fifteen years he has worked very closely with the College of Performing and Visual Arts and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, including five years as the Associate Education Director. He has acted and directed in a number of productions, and taught in the Cedar City area high schools. He is an adjunct instructor for the Arts Administration Program at Southern Utah University. He serves as the spokesperson for the Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers, is a member at large of the Utah Thespians Association, the Utah Cultural Alliance, has served as the Finance Director for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.