is a writer, arts publicist, and project manager based in Mott Haven, Bronx, NY.
Kathleen is the creator of the WQXR Instrument Drive for New York Public Radio which collected, repaired, and redistributed musical instruments to New York City and Newark, NJ Public School and community music programs. The program collected more than 6,000 instruments, supporting music education for more than 30,000 students annually, It garnered worldwide attention and became the most high profile outreach effort in the history of WQXR. Additionally, the one donation to the program inspired the Academy Award nominated film Joe’s Violin.
At Usdan Center for the Arts, where she serves as marketing and communications director, Kathleen created the highly successful UniquelyU scholarship program.
She has worked as an independent publicist for the Defiant Requiem Foundation, the Library of Congress Concerts, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, and Caroline and James Taylor, among others. She was previously the Associate Director of Public Relations for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen was the founding marketing director at Site59 and is co-founder of High 5:Tickets to the Arts.
As a writer, Kathleen is featured in the New York Times bestseller Worn Stories and is a frequent contributor to a variety of publications. She is working on a book about her solo travels based on her blog Mountains and Moxie.
Kathleen has been a guest speaker in arts administration programs at New York, Fordham, Pace, and Northeastern Universities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and an MBA from Fordham University.
She can be reached at kathleendrohan (at) gmail (dot)com