MA - Theatre and Dance, Teaching Artistry (Online)

The Master of Arts in Theatre and Dance, Teaching Artistry (Online) is a three-year, part-time program of advanced studies in theatre and dance, designed to provide education, preparation, and mentorship relevant to professional teaching artists, including the areas of study as indicated below:

  • Pedagogy, Teaching, and Curriculum Development
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Artistic Practice
  • Internship and Fieldwork Experiences

Through rigorous coursework, the program seeks to deepen graduate students' relationship with scholarly inquiry, humanizing pedagogy, and personal artistry for preparing graduates of the program for careers in teaching artistry, arts administration, arts advocacy and arts entrepreneurship, all of which enhance their current professional work. Bringing together the most current theories and practices, the program provides learning experiences in a collaborative and cooperative environment that fosters cultural sensitivity, problem-solving skills and ensemble-based thinking and creativity.

The MA in Theatre and Dance - Teaching Artistry, the only program of its kind globally, is offered fully online in order to accommodate graduate students who are working professionals and to provide flexibility for those living outside the Detroit metropolitan  area. To these ends, the online format allows current teaching artists and professionals to complete research projects, fieldwork, and internships in their current location. Graduate students may select the Essay or Thesis options for completing their degree. The program accepts a new cohort of graduate students every other year (2022, 2024 and so on).

From a current graduate student in the program

Program Faculty

Degree Requirements and Plan of Study

An arts teacher works with young learners


Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.
Admission Requirements
A minimum of fifteen semester credits in the area of specialization (theatre, dance, a related field, or some combination therein) is required.
Step one: Apply for Graduate Admission to Wayne State University
When you are asked to pick your major, please select the following code below from the drop-down menu:
  • Theatre and Dance-MA-Teaching Artistry (for the fully online program)

Step two: Provide (Support) Additional Materials

When you apply for Graduate Admission through the WSU Graduate School, you will be asked to provide the following supplemental materials.

  1. Personal Statement & Statement of Objectives: Please upload one document that contains a 500 word personal statement followed by a 500 word statement of objectives. In your personal statement, please discuss your academic and professional background and how it has prepared you for admission to the program.  In your statement of objectives, please articulate how your current academic and professional goals are related to the program, placing special emphasis on where and in what capacity you will carry out internships and fieldwork projects contained in some coursework.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your experience, education, training and skills that prepare you for graduate study.

Note: Due to issues with state authorization of distance education, effective July 8, 2014, we are unable to admit online students from the District of Columbia (DC) and the state of Wisconsin.  This admissions moratorium will remain in effect until further notice.


Dr. Doug Risner, Director, Theatre and Dance (M.A.) -