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My Arts Story: Hannah Granneman

Hannah Granneman is the Assist Professor and Director fo the Arts Administration Program at UNCG.

At ten years old, Hannah’s parents diagnosed her with the “theater bug.” Coming from an artistic family, her love for performing was not surprising. One of her fondest memories is spending Sunday afternoons with her grandmother at the Pittsburgh Symphony. They would attend concerts highlighting the piano to inspire her as a young, emerging piano player. The arts have always been a part of Hannah, and she wants everyone to have that connection.

Hannah’s love for the arts followed her to college, where she studied Theater at New York University. She holds an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She’s worked as an Associate Consultant at C.W. Shaver & Company in New York City, as Managing Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, and as Executive Director of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Her board service includes the Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Educators, the League of Resident Theatres, Arts North Carolina, and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. These experiences have provided her with a new perspective on the arts sector. With all her valuable experience in the arts, she unleashed her true passion: teaching.

Granneman speaking at NCTC event.

At UNCG, Hannah works closely with local students pursuing careers in art. Coming from an artsy hometown like Pittsburgh, she recognizes the value of the Guilford County art sector. She wants her students to create and succeed in Greensboro. Hannah is grateful for her priceless opportunities and wants to give her students the same foundation. Outside the classroom, she attends exhibits and performances by her students and the community. By her side are her two children, both of whom are budding artists themselves.

Hannah’s advocacy doesn’t stop there; she’s published in several journals and blogs about important topics affecting the arts community. Her recent work in audience research dives into the science behind selling tickets and filling seats. She also studied the impact COVID-19 had on local crafters making fabric masks. Hannah breaks down the entrepreneurial spirit of artists and how art supports our communities economically. Through her research, she hopes to share the value of the arts

with others and give artists the information they need to prosper.

Hannah has worked with ArtsGreensboro in several capacities throughout her years in Greensboro. She’s previously served on grant panels, coordinates internships for her students, and makes monthly financial gifts.

“I like giving to ArtsGreensboro because I trust them to distribute funding across Guilford County,” says Hannah when asked about her decision to support ArtsGreensboro. “The money goes further with ArtsGreensboro than donating to any single organization.”

It is an honor to be an organization that Hannah supports. We are grateful for her advocacy in our community and for thinking of ArtsGreensboro every month. Her support is pivotal and allows us to help other creatives in need.

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