Master of Fine Arts - Stage Management

The Hilberry Stage Management program trains students for professional positions in higher education and the theatre. The stage manager's role requires a wide range of artistic, technical, managerial, and communication abilities. It demands a strong commitment to the process of theatre production and a desire to serve that process by fostering a creative work environment that is conducive to its ultimate success.

While here, the stage manager will undertake a minimum of six professional productions at the Hilberry, as well as the chance to mentor a production at the Bonstelle Theatre.

A balanced selection of courses and production assignments at the Hilberry Theatre prepare the student for a professional position immediately following graduation.

The following selection of courses is typical for stage managers:

  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Technical Production
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre History
  • Development of Drama
  • Dramaturgy/Advanced Script Analysis
  • Repertory Theatre (stage management practicum)

Additional courses are often offered include:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Labor Management
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Contracts and Grants

Application requirements

  • resume
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • unofficial transcripts
  • a sample of prompt book (submitted electronically)

Interview requirements

Candidates for the Stage Management program are required to be interviewed in person. For the application, applicants are required to bring examples of their prompt books, writing, and other materials such as schedules and programs to support their candidacy.

Admission is based off audition and/or interview and you must also be admitted by The Graduate School at Wayne State University.

To apply, please visit the Graduate School Application Portal.

Financial Package

  • Stipend: ¬†$19,967 (2019-2020)
  • Full Tuition Waiver
  • Insurance: Medical/Dental/Vision (employee contribution)


Dana Gamarra
Senior Lecturer
Production Coordinator and Area Head of Stage Management