At BU, graduate students in the production management program receive hands-on training, with a mix of both ongoing studio classes with design, production, and management classes that alternate short-term exercises with long-term projects.
With an average class size of four to six students enrolled in production management classes, students participate in both hands-on assignments and in-class instruction designed to enhance and broaden their skill sets.
Program of Study
BU’s production management program consists of a rigorous curriculum that combines theoretical and hands-on experience, providing ample opportunities for students to develop their unique voices as production managers and theatre artists. Production management students hone their personal philosophy of theatre artistry and management and explore their own innovative and collaborative creative process through mentored production assignments and hands-on study.
Students engage with current practices of design, production, and theatre management through associations with professional theatre organizations, the general arts community in Boston, School of Theatre alums, and a faculty of active theatre professionals.
A theatre management option is available that joins the MFA production management curriculum with a graduate certificate program in arts administration at BU Metropolitan College.
The School of Theatre works in a variety of spaces and produces many types of shows of varying scale promoting flexibility and a well-rounded skill set through hands-on experience as a production manager and associate production manager.
Hands-on study in our productions in venues ranging from 30-seat black box studios to a Broadway-style proscenium theatre covering a variety of genres including plays (published and original), devised works, operas, and musicals.
BU Opera Institute produces two chamber operas and two large-venue operas every year, providing students with exposure to the specificity of opera production management.
A faculty and staff of working theatre professionals mentor production management students in their studio and production coursework. There’s also a strong tradition of peer mentorship among students within the School of Theatre management community. Alums go on to become Production Managers at performing arts organizations and academic institutions.
Renee E. Yancey
Lecturer, Management; Management Programs Head; Academic Coordinator for Curriculum and Assessment
Faculty Professional Affiliations
Renee E. Yancey
- Member, Actors’ Equity Association
- Member, Production Manager’s Forum
- Regional Representative – Greater Boston Area, Stage Managers’ Association
- Artist Member, New Repertory Theatre’s Antiracism & IDEAA Committee
- Member, Production Manager’s Forum
- BU School of Theatre Production Manager
We celebrate the production manager as theater artist and vital member of the creative team and not someone who just does the budget, payroll, and labor.
Meet BU’s Production Management Program Head
For Renee Yancey, being a production manager doesn’t mean sitting behind a desk in an office. The freelance Production Manager, AEA Stage Manager, and Management Lecturer at BU School of Theatre is a firm believer that stage managers and production managers are artists and part of the collaborative processes involved in a theatre production.
In CFA’s Faculty Feature series, Yancey talks with CFA about the structure of BU’s three-year MFA Production Management and what makes our program stand out.
“There are only about 15 cities in the U.S. where you can do an MFA in Production Management. We’re the program you attend if you’re interested in picking apart the process and focusing on the art of the production. This is where you learn to be a facilitator in the creative process, offering innovative ideas.“
In the Q&A, Yancey expands on what it means to be a production manager- a theater maker, and the hub of communications for productions. “Students learn to speak the language of the designers, stage managers, performers, and directors. Each of these has a specialized language and they need to understand them all. They are the medium between and among all of the entire production’s staff.”
Established in 2000, BU’s production management program sets our students for success. Our alumni can be seen working in every facet of theatre, film, television, and the entertainment world.
- Jane Casamajor (CFA’11), Production Manager, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- Jameson Croasdale (CFA’09), Technical Supervisor, Beacon Theatrical Services, NYC
- Stephanie Elrod (CFA’20), Live Producer, LinkedIn, San Francisco, CA
- Ryan Kichler (CFA’12), Manager of Operations at Younge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
- Dana Knox (CFA’03), Production Coordinator for College Theatre & Director of the First-Year Arts Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Lay Hoon Tan (CFA’10), Production Manager, The New Group, NYC
- Danielle Taylor (CFA’17), General Manager, Theatre Aspen, Aspen, CO
- Jo Williams (CFA’14), Production Manager, Tufts University, Medford, MA
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