Department of Performing Arts
MBA Washington University BA Williams College
Thomas M. Costello brings nearly forty years of experience the management of museums, the performing arts and other cultural nonprofits. Costello has worked in executive management positions in the performing arts (the Kennedy Center, Virginia Opera, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival) and in nearly every type of museum including: the St. Louis Art Museum; the Baltimore Zoo; The Farmers’ Museum and the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, NY; and the Springfield Library and Museums Association in MA, as well as consulting with a wide range of cultural institutions. Areas of responsibility and focus have included development and membership, marketing, ticket sales, cultural tourism and heritage, executive management, governance, community outreach and engagement, human resources, finances, facilities and park development and management, and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. He was founding member of both the Museum Management and Development/Membership committees of the American Alliance of Museums., and has been active in the state and national museum professional associations. Costello is a graduate of Williams College with majors in music, and American Studies with Honors, earned the MBA at Washington University in St. Louis, and was the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to work at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.