BA Theatre: Theatre Arts Management

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Slippery Rock University

Through the Theatre: Theatre Arts Management concentration, students develop skills and gain knowledge related to the management, administration and support of nonprofit cultural agencies, institutions, and performing arts organizations.

Classroom learning is enhanced by hands-on experiences, such as working within the Theatre Department and gaining field experience by completing an internship within a professional arts and cultural organization.

The SRU Theatre Arts Management concentration has also been enhanced by relationships with the Midwestern Arts and Humanities Foundation, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and numerous other local and regional arts organizations and artists.

Finally, since 2016, SRU has toured six productions to the world’s largest international theatre festival, the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our arts managers return from this program having been responsible for marketing, front-of-house, stage management, and box office operations for a professional production on an international stage.

Slippery Rock University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. All tracks in the Theatre Department have been recognized for having met and/or exceeded the standards set for undergraduate theatre degree programs by the nationwide accrediting body.

Goals and Objectives

You'll learn the basic principles, processes, and best practices relating to organizations in the arts management field such as:
• Stage management
• Front of house & box office management
• Audience development
• Fundraising
• Grant writing
• Nonprofit leadership
• Production

Through classroom, production, practical, and internship activities, students will:
• gain an understanding of board development, institutional advancement, communications, and community-based development activities.
• gain a functional knowledge of fundraising; annual campaigns; grant writing; event planning; and individual, corporate, business, and foundation funding.
• gain an understanding of current policy issues affecting the arts, policy making processes, and the best practices for advocacy.
• develop, conduct, and construct effective marketing research and plans.
• develop, conduct, and construct effective audience development research and plans
• identify and understand the history, organizational structures, practices, current policy issues, and standard matters related to the nonprofit arts sector.


Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher

Rock Studies 2 Requirements
Modern Language Requirement
Other Basic Requirements
Computer Competency
Major/Concentration Requirements
* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits. Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above

Core Requirements
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 132 Stagecraft
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II
THEA 337 Directing
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice
Subtotal: 18 credits

Theatre Arts Management Concentration
THEA 159 Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
THEA 345 Stage Management and Safety
THEA 359 Studies in Audience Development
THEA 450 Internship
NLPA 220 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Subtotal: 15 credits

Theatre Arts Management Level 1 Courses
Select 3 credits from the following:
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production Repeatable for max of 12 credits
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting
COMM 231 Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication & Public Relations
COMM 235 Introduction to Digital Design
COMM 248 Interactive Multimedia 1
COMM 254 Video Production
ENGL 205 Introduction to Professional Writing
LEAD 251 Leadership Theory
MRKT 230 Principles of Marketing
NLPA 120 Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making
Subtotal: 3 credits

Theatre Arts Management Level 2 Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:
THEA 329 Shakespeare Tour
THEA 339 New Play Development
THEA 340 International Theatre Experience
THEA 355 Projects in Theatre
THEA 390 Experimental
THEA 392 History of Musical Theatre
THEA 393 History of Theatre Design and Architecture
THEA 394 Theories of Acting and Directing
THEA 490 Independent Study
ACCT 322 Business Analysis and Decision Making
COMM 307 Social Media
COMM 318 Professional Presentation
INDP 318 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
MGMT 351 Organizational Behavior
NLPA 305 Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers
NLPA 320 Community Change and Development
NLPA 325 Social and Ethical Issues in Philanthropy and Fundraising
Subtotal: 6 credits

Required Stage Management Experience Before Graduation
Stage Management Experience 1
Stage Management Experience 2

Total Credit Hours: 42


There are no audition or portfolio requirements for entrance into the Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs in, Theatre Arts Management, Theatre Studies, Design/Technology, or Acting. Students may apply and be accepted directly to those programs on their SRU application.

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Slippery Rock University

Kari-Anne Innes, Ph.D.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 724-738-2934

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