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MFA – Theatre Management

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The mission of the Theatre Management program is to help enhance the professional management of theatre’s and arts organization in America by developing future managers and leaders.

Students are provided practical training and hands-on experiences in a working educational theatre environment. Our goal is to graduate students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of producing and presenting theatre, as well as an understanding of management principles, personnel management, marketing and fund raising, event planning, finances, and knowledge of computer applications and use of technology in arts and cultural management.

The course work covers such areas as marketing, public relations, subscription sales campaigns, budget-making, fund raising, grant writing, proposal development, contracts, project management, research, corporate structure, resource management – facility, fiscal and HRM, managing and leading personnel, working with Boards of Directors and donors, and how to make effective public presentations.

Many of the seminar classes enroll arts administration students from other FSU programs in music, opera, visual arts, dance, arts education, and museum management. Classes include a broad perspective on the arts in America as well as the operating of an arts organization in today’s business environment. An introduction to international issues of arts and culture management is also provided to the students.

In addition to applying to the program, students must also apply to Florida State University.

Graduate Application

Admission Requirements for MFA Programs

    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from an accredited college or university. (Students who do not hold a Theatre degree must show evidence of substantial course work and/or experience in theatre to indicate probability of achieving success in advanced theatre studies)
    • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years of study for a bachelor’s degree or of 3.0 on a masters degree from an accredited university; OR an acceptable score on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last 5 years
    • Specific approval of the faculty and program director within the School of Theatre
    • Applicants must submit a completed School of Theatre graduate application and supporting materials.
Graduate Application (Word Document)
Graduate Application (PDF Document)

More Information

Cameron Jackson

Executive Director
School of Theatre
Florida State University
239 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160