The Theatre School’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Theatre Management exposes students to both the art and business of theatre, preparing them for progressive careers in performing arts administration and arts leadership. Program alums are enjoying theatre management success in both not-for-profit and/or commercial theatres in a range of positions and organizations, including Executive/Managing Director, Marketing, Development, Finance, Audience Services, Arts Education, Producing, General Management, and Company Management as well as in the broader field of performing arts and related not-for-profit fields. A distinguishing trait of the program is the requirement of four self-selected, professional theatre management internships in Chicago, New York and beyond, with notable not-for-profit theatres and commercial producers as well as two assigned Production Practices working with professional theatre management faculty and staff at The Theatre School.
The Theatre Management program is designed to immerse students into a leading theatre conservatory located in one of the largest and most diverse theatre communities in the United States where they can train with leading theatre professionals and learn and experience all facets of the art form, while simultaneously offering students a solid undergraduate business management curriculum. Students graduating from the program are prepared to enter a full-time, entry/mid-level job in theatre management and/or to begin a graduate arts administration program.
The four-year curriculum not only provides students with an appreciation and understanding of theatre as an art form, but also offers coursework in both not-for-profit and commercial theatre management with a curriculum that includes finance, fundraising, marketing, company management, arts education and legal issues classes in theatre/performing arts. Students’ academic progression is complemented by four required arts management internships in Chicago, New York and beyond at such distinguished local theatres as the five Tony Award-winning, Chicago-based theatres – Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. Many students also chose to intern with leading commercial theatre companies, including Broadway in Chicago and Allied in Chicago, and with Broadway producers, general managers, company managers and arts marketing companies in New York. In addition to the theatre training, students take a progression of management courses at the Driehaus College of Business in downtown Chicago and can opt for a business management minor and/or a double major (ie. marketing, accounting, media and cinema studies, African-American studies, women’s and gender studies, education, peace, justice and conflict studies, etc.) in another department/school at DePaul University.