Wayne State University

Master of Fine Arts - Theatre Management

The Theatre Management program is focused on arts leadership. While similar in some aspects to other arts administration graduate programs, the Wayne State University Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management is focused on both research and practical application, giving students the necessary skills to work in a professional capacity.

This full-immersion, practice-based course of study — modeled after current professional theatres — offers leadership training and the opportunity to network with guest lecturers who work in the field.Management students learn, hands-on, what it means to run a professional theatre and are often hired into executive-level positions upon graduation.

Typical courses for the Theatre Management MFA*

  • Marketing the Theatre
  • Leadership in the Arts
  • Arts Marketing and Data Decisions in the arts
  • Introduction to Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Relations and the Arts
  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Sourcing and Managing Project Fund
  • Human Resources for the Theatre
  • The Media and Theatre
  • Development of Drama
  • Entreprenuership in Theatre
  • Strategic Communications
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Board of Governance in Theatre 
  • Funding and Grant Writing in the Arts

In addition, students complete a rotating repertory of management application during each semester and complete two required internships. 

* course of study is subject to change