By combining the for-profit skills and theories of an MBA with the specific challenges of running a non-profit theater and the broader aspirational context of an MFA, CSULB prepares their management graduates to bridge the gap between a for profit world and a non-profit mission. Buttressing seminar-based learning with a rigorous practicum endows students with the roles, responsibilities, and context of running a fully functional theater company, California Repertory Company (Cal Rep). The graduate management program challenges students to apply classroom learning directly to the work of creating an audience, funding an institution, managing staff and budgets, providing educational context and opportunity, while ensuring that the vision of an organization reaches and serves its community.
The backbone of the program is the symbiotic relationship of the Business School coursework, the Theatre Arts coursework, and the professional practicum. These three elements not only provide unique preparation to enter the field but allow the students to learn, refine, and apply their skills in three different environments. Because the students in the Theatre Management program function, as part of their practicum, as the actual staff members with responsibility for management, marketing, and development of the California Repertory season, abstract learning quickly becomes real world non-profit responsibility.
Please visit the Theater Department for application information.