Production Management

Our Master of Fine Arts in Production Management program provides developing theatre professionals with the opportunity to cultivate their artistic identities while refining and enhancing their craft. The program aims to foster the production manager as theatre artist: a collaborator and facilitator within the team; an innovator of the design and production process; and an orchestrator of a rehearsal and production environment that encourages creative exploration. The Production Management program challenges students to push boundaries and redefine the traditional role of the Production Manager.

Individualized programs of study vary greatly depending on the level of preparation each graduate student brings to his or her first year of training, and there exists no model that is truly representative. In general, students in the Production Management program can expect their training regimen to mix both ongoing studio classes with design, production, and management classes that alternate short-term exercises with long-term projects. Production Management candidates will participate in both hands-on assignments and in-class instruction designed to enhance and broaden their skill sets.

The University’s new Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center is a state-of-the-art multi-functional studio theatre and production facility with a full complement of support spaces and design labs for teaching and producing student theatre. This new complex will allow the School of Theatre to be in close proximity to other programs in theatre and opera performance. The Center demonstrates the University’s commitment to professional arts education.

Accepted graduate students can also apply to the Arts Administration Certificate program for January admission.

Graduate Admissions Information and Application

MFA Production Management Course of Study

Application & Portfolio Review

Please contact Program Head, Renee E. Yancey, and review the portfolio and application requirements for MFA Design, Production & Management.

Photos courtesy of Kalman Zabarsky; exceptions include Rosmersholm (Andrew Brilliant), Opera: Così fan tutte (Oshin Gregorian), Production Meeting: Baltimore and New York Theatre Showcase (Renee Yancey), Guest Speakers and header photo (Roger Meeker), Load-in: New York Theatre Showcase (Lindy Lofton), and Production Meeting: Showcase (Johnny Kontogiannis).

Unique Opportunities

  • Work with a professional faculty whose work is seen throughout the world. The faculty members bring with them their professional experiences as designers in regional theater and Broadway as well as work that is produced internationally.
  • Hands-on study in our more than 40 productions annually in venues ranging from 30-seat black box studios to a Broadway-style proscenium theatre covering a variety of genre including plays (published and original), devised works, operas, and musicals.
  • Professional opportunities through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI), which allows our students access to top theatres throughout the country for internship, summer stock, or production opportunities.
  • A theatre management option is available that joins the MFA Production Management curriculum with a graduate certificate program in Arts Administration at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Alumni Notes

Our Production Management program has been in existence since 2000. Our alumni can be seen working in every facet of theatre, film, television, and the entertainment world. Recent alumni include:

  • Jane Casamajor (CFA’11) | Production Manager Cowell & Southside Theaters at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, CA
  • Jameson Croasdale (CFA’09) | Associate Production Manager at Hudson Scenic Studios, Yonkers, NY
  • Ryan Kichler (CFA’12) | Operations & Administrative Coordinator at Younge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
  • Dana Knox (CFA’03) | Director of the Freshman Arts Program at Harvard University and Production Coordinator at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Meg O’Neil (CFA’07) | Production Manager at Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs, Providence, RI
  • Ni-Chun Shih (CFA’16) | Assistant Stage Supervisor, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, P.R. China
  • Lay Hoon Tan (CFA’10) | Associate Production Manager at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA
  • Jo Williams (CFA’14) | Production Manager at Tufts University, Medford, MA

Core Faculty