MFA - Stage Management

The M.F.A. in 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.

A stage management student guides a theatre production through a headset

Immediate production opportunities

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 prepares the student for a professional position immediately following graduation.




Application requirements

  • Resume
  • Three (3) 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)


Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
a: 4841 Cass Ave., Suite 3226 Detroit, MI 48201