MFA in Theatre Management…


The Master of Fine Arts Program in Theatre Management was founded in 1984 at The University of Alabama.  Students gain invaluable academic and objective experience from two environments:  on-campus academic courses and hands-on practical experience.  The program allows for a very high degree of personal contact and involvement in the operation of the University theatres.  To maintain that environment, enrollment in the program is limited to 1-3 students being admitted each year.

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, 2009

Students will be taking some courses with the faculty of the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  Additional courses are taught by faculty of the Manderson Graduate School of Business and the College of Communications and Information Sciences.

Degree Requirements/Curriculum:  A total of 60 semester hours is required for the Master of Fine Arts Degree.  Students will fill those hours with a variety of course requirements (courses and curriculum subject to change).

Graduate Assistantships:  Degree candidates in this program may be awarded assistantships that provide full tuition and a stipend of $1334.00 per month before taxes. Please note that graduate assistantships are not available during semester-long or academic-year length internships.  Department course fees are still the responsibility of students.

Interview Sites: Interviews for admittance in Fall 2014 will be held in Chicago at the The Westin Michigan Avenue, January 30–February 2, 2014; Ft. Worth, TX at the USITT convention March 22–29, 2014; Mobile, AL at the SETC convention March 5–9, 2014. You may also interview on campus at any time by appointment. For more information, please contact Dominic M. Yeager, Director of Theatre Management

The Application Process:  Please note, the deadline for degree-seeking applications for Fall 2014 is February 15, 2014.  While the Graduate School lists a later date as their general deadline, in order to qualify for graduate assistantships all materials need to be submitted no later than February 15, 2014.

Review the Graduate School Application Instructions below for specific application requirements.  Candidates for admission to the Theatre Management program must meet the admission criteria established by The University of Alabama Graduate School.

  • Complete the Online Application Form/Applicant Data Sheet.
  • Once you have completed all sections of the online application and have selected Application is Complete, you will be taken to the application fee payment page.  Here, you will be asked to select a method for online payment – Electronic Check or Credit Card – for the $50.00 non-refundable/non-waivable application fee.  If you do not wish to pay the fee electronically, you will need to submit the print version of the application along with a check or money order for $50.00, made payable to The University of Alabama (Note: If you are a McNair Scholar, you are eligible for an application fee waiver).
  • Complete the Online Statement of Purpose.  This assessment of your potential as a graduate student and of your aims and aspirations as they relate to graduate study is one of the most important parts of your application.  Departmental and Graduate School admissions directors read this statement with care and regard it as a self-evaluation and formal example of your writing skills.  This Online Statement of Purpose must be submitted, regardless of letters or emails previously submitted to the department.
  • Applicants must submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation to the Program Director from three (3) separate individuals.  At least one (1) letter should be from a professor in your undergraduate major or in your proposed field of graduate study.  Applicants should request that the individual type (or write) the applicant’s name on the outside seal of the envelope.  Visit the Graduate School application instructions for preparing Letters of Recommendation.
  • Applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree in an arts or arts related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA (major/cumulative).
  • Request two (2) official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended be sent directly to the Graduate School.
  • Applicants should note that official test scores are not required by the department for admission to the MFA degree program in Theatre Management.
  • Applicants must submit a resume to the Program Director, detailing educational and any related professional experience.
  • Applicants should submit a management portfolio or a minimum of three writing samples to the Program Director showcasing their communication and management skills (i.e. marketing materials, press releases, budget samples, playbills, papers, case studies, newsletters).
  • Assistantships, Fellowships, and Financial Aid:  Many types of financial support are available, including Graduate Council Fellowships, Graduate Council Research Fellowships, McNair Graduate Fellowships, departmental teaching assistantships, and departmental research assistantships.  Please contact the department in which you are interested to obtain information and application procedures for assistantships and fellowships.  Applications for loans and work-study assignments must be made through the Office of Student Financial Aid, Box 870162, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0162.  Additional information about financial support for Graduate School can be found in the Financial Assistance Handbook.
  • Your application will be complete when all materials listed above are received by the Graduate School and/or Department of Theatre and Dance offices.  Admission to the program and awards of financial aid are based upon the materials submitted (see all of the above) and an interview, held either at a theatre conference (i.e. SETC, USITT) or on-campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

For more information, please contact Dominic M. Yeager, Director of Theatre Management