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.  

  • We combine for-profit skills of an MBA with the specific challenges of running a non-profit theater and the broader aspirational context of an MFA.
  • Prepares you 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 MBA program challenges you 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. 

MBA/MFA Curriculum

The students in the Theatre Management program, as part of their practicum, and as actual staff members, have the responsibility of managing, marketing, and developing the California Repertory season. This is the way that abstract learning quickly becomes a real-world non-profit responsibility. 

The MBA/MFA program is 90 units. Students will complete 12 courses (36 units) for the MBA portion of the degree. Students will complete a thesis as the culminating experience. 

Please visit the Theater Department for application information.



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