MFA in Technical Production

Our Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production program provides developing theatre professionals with the opportunity to cultivate their artistic identities while refining and enhancing their craft.

Our program seeks to:

  • Enhance artistic expression, communication, and production skills through hands-on, mentored production experience within a wide range of production opportunities and classroom instruction.
  • Explore creative collaborations with directors, actors, designers, and playwrights.
  • Create new forms of theatrical expression for the next generation.

MFA Production and Production Management students are being prepared for substantive careers as theatre artists. Training includes a rigorous curriculum, production opportunities, and collaboration with professionals through our Professional Theatre Initiative. Students are mentored by working professional faculty and advisors.

Financial aid is available to some students in the form of scholarships, living stipends, and teaching assistantships. Admission is highly selective, with the School of Theatre admitting one to three students each year into each of the Technical Production, Costume Production or Production Management programs.

Curriculum Highlights

  • In-depth classroom instruction in artistic, practical, and skills applications of production for the art of theatre.
  • Production opportunities in multiple venues and multiple genres.
  • Preparation and execution of a Thesis that represents the culminating of three years of study.
  • Opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).

Program of Study

(minimum of 60 credits)

First Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 697 & 698 Production 2+ 2+
CAD elective - 1
CFA TH 653 & 654 Master Class 2 2
CFA TH 769 & 770 Tech Production Studio 3 & 4 3 3
CFA TH 663 & 664 Scene Design Studio 1 & 2 3 3
Approved elective 2 2
Total 13 14
Second Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 797 & 798 Production 2+ 2+
CAD elective 1 -
Lighting or Sound Design 3 3
CFA TH 665 & 666 Scene Painting 1 & 2 2 2
CFA TH 869 & 870 Tech Production Studio 5 & 6 3 3
Total 12 11
Third Year
CFA TH 591 Internship 4
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 898 Production 1
CFA TH 950 Grad project 3
Total 4 4