Theater Management

The Theater Management department prepares aspiring managerial and artistic leaders to create organizational environments conducive to the production of theater 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).

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Current Students Receiving Financial Aid

More than $7,000,000 in financial aid was awarded in 2019-20.

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Production Opportunities

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

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Affinity Groups

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

Dani Barlow ('20), Gwyneth Muller ('20), and Will Gaines ('21)

Student Perspectives

“I was thinking about big picture leadership questions.”

Dani Barlow ('20), Gwyneth Muller ('20), and Will Gaines ('21)

Student Perspectives

“You are going to have people in your corner.”

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Department News

Dani Barlow
Mar 17, 2021

Dani Barlow (’20) Named Director of SDCF

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation cited Barlow’s passion and flexibility as her greatest strengths in leading the Foundation.

Lisa Rigsby Peterson
Feb 23, 2021

Lisa Rigsby Peterson (’92) To Lead Wheeler Opera House

“Lisa differentiated herself with her depth of experience and a strong educational background,” said Diane Foster, assistant city manager.