Theater Management

The Theater Management department prepares aspiring leaders and managers to create organizational environments conducive to the creation of theater art and responsive to their communities. The department provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values to enter the field at high levels of responsibility, to move quickly to leadership positions, and ultimately to advance the state of management practice and the art form itself. While focused primarily on theater organizations, discussions incorporate other performing arts organizations, other nonprofits, and for-profit organizations to help identify the factors that make theater organizations succeed. It is training in the practice, informed by up-to-date theoretical knowledge.

The department offers a joint-degree program with Yale School of Management, in which a student may earn both the M.F.A. and M.B.A. degrees in four years (rather than the five years that normally are required).


Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2018-19.


Production Opportunities

Students apply theory to professional practice in production work at the School, Yale Rep, and Yale Cabaret.


Affinity Groups

Coalition-building and networking among students who share common interests, goals, and/or a self-identified background.

THEATER MANAGEMENT A Rachel Shuey (‘18), Laurie Ortega-Murphy (’20), and Al Heartley (’18) Part 1

Student Perspectives

“I actually had no idea that you could go to school to study this.”

THEATER MANAGEMENT B Rachel Shuey (‘18), Laurie Ortega-Murphy (’20), and Al Heartley (’18) Part 2 “You’re going to learn how to be the leader you want to be.”

Student Perspectives

“You’re going to learn how to be the leader you want to be.”

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Department News

Sheila Nevins
May 07, 2019

MTV Appoints Sheila Nevins (’63) Head of New Documentary Division

The former president of HBO Documentary Films says she is feeling “lucky” and “engaged in making a difference.”

Harvey Sabinson
Apr 22, 2019

Broadway Press Agent Harvey Sabinson Passes Away at 94

The Tony Honoree for Lifetime Achievement helped form the theatre administration department at Yale School of Drama in 1965.