NICHOLAS DRAGGA has served as the Executive Director of Ballet Lubbock since January of 2011 where he focuses on program design, development, and the branding of the organization.
Mr. Dragga spearheaded several collaborations with the Ballet and other prominent Lubbock arts organizations including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the Charles Adams Studio Project, and the Texas Tech University School of Music. Current efforts at Ballet Lubbock include implementing the recently completed five-year strategic plan that calls for expanding the staff structure and a relocation of the Ballet Lubbock facility to Lubbock’s Downtown Cultural Arts District.
Prior to his work with Ballet Lubbock, Mr. Dragga served as the Marketing Director for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Marketing Coordinator for Ballet Lubbock.
Mr. Dragga holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Performance and Composition from Texas Tech University, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University where he was awarded the 2012 Arts Administration Award for Academic Excellence. Nicholas’s graduate research was focused on the successes – or not – of alternative ticket subscription models used by symphony orchestras and has received attention from think tanks and group one orchestras from across the country.
Nicholas regularly blogs for the Americans for the Arts Artsblog, and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Council, a nationally elected working advisory body to Americans for the Arts that assists in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide. Mr. Dragga has served as a grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and is a Texans for the Arts Certified State Arts Advocate. Locally, Nicholas is a trustee of the Texas Tech University Museum Association, member of the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center of the Arts Advisory Council, and member of Rising Arts Leaders of Lubbock. In 2014 he was named to the Top 20 Under 40 Award from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the community.