Texas Tech University

Arts Administration

2812 18th Street
Maedgen Theater - Suite #125
Lubbock, Texas 79409-42061
United States



Dr. Linda Donahue

Program Goals and Objectives

The primary focus of the program is to train leaders and advocates in the field of theatre management/arts administration. The program offers an MFA in Theatre Arts (Arts Administration) as well as a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (major in Theatre; track in Arts Administration) and includes a blend of theory and practice. It is designed to serve those interested in working in the diverse areas of arts administration– MFAs work in nonprofit theatres; a large number of Ph.D.s have become Department Chairs (theatre) or Deans.  Prospective students generally arrive with a background in the discipline of theatre. Students will actively participate in the University Theatre production program in marketing, box office, front-of-house supervision, production of Lab Theatre plays, management of the One-Act Play Festival, etc. The program is individualized to the student’s talents and interests. An outside internship and three practicums are required for the MFA students. The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated equally to scholarship and theatrical production. The School offers up to 40 teaching/production/research assistantships each semester. MFA students complete a thesis project and doctoral students produce a formal written dissertation which may be based on traditional research internships or professional problems. The multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Fine Arts (major in Theatre track in Arts Administration) is the only one of its kind in the country. The faculty assists in finding employment for MFA/Ph.D. graduates in their fields of interest.


A complete listing of course requirements for the degrees is available in the Graduate Handbook on the Theatre and Dance Call Board.

MFA in Theatre Arts (Arts Administration) 
This program requires the completion of a total of 60 credit hours. The program takes 2-3 years to complete.

Required Courses:

  • Performance Lab I
  • Performance Lab II
  • Advanced Directing
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre Arts in Contemporary Context
  • Marketing the Arts
  • Funding of the Arts
  • Advocacy for the Arts
  • Theatre Planning
  • Theatrical Collaborations
  • Seminar in Theatre Research Methods
  • Internship
  • Independent Study (Thesis Project)


  • Theatre Scene Design
  • Theatre Lighting Design
  • Theatre Costume Design
  • Theatre History Survey
  • Seminar in Theatre History
  • Script Analysis
  • Other elective courses outside of Theatre Arts may be taken as approved by the Head of Arts Administration.

PhD in Fine Arts (major in Theatre)
This program requires 60 credit hours past the Master’s degree: 48 course hours and 12 dissertation hours.

Required courses:

  • Colloquim
  • Arts Histories
  • The Arts in Contemporary Context
  • Topics in Visual and Performing Arts
  • Contemporary Aesthetics
  • History of Aesthetics

Theatre Courses: Students choose two tracks (Arts Administration, Acting/Directing, Design, History/Theory/Criticism, or Playwriting); minimum of 12 hours required in each track plus electives.

Arts Administration Courses:

  • Theatre Management
  • Marketing the Arts
  • Funding the Arts
  • Advocacy for the Arts
  • Theatre Planning

Additional Info: The School of Theatre and Dance is dedicated equally to production and scholarship (practice and theory). Each student must participate actively in the production program of the University Theatre in arts administration activities or other production duties. The PhD does not have a foreign language requirement but does require active production participation. Internships and practicums are required and/or strongly encouraged outside of the university environment.  Recent placements include Theatre Communication Group, Lincoln Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Getty Museum, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Applications are accepted year-round for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Applicants must send a number of items to the Texas Tech Graduate Admissions Office and to the TTU Department of Theatre & Dance.

The Graduate Admissions office requires:

  1. An application for admissions (www.gradschool.ttu.edu/admissions)
  2. An application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) sent directly from your previous institution(s)

Please send the required Graduate Admissions materials directly to:
TTU Office of Graduate Admissions
Boston Avenue at Akron Avenue
328 Administration
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

The School of Theatre & Dance requires the following materials from graduate candidates:

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  2. A current resume
  3. An academic writing sample on a theatre-related topic
  4. A statement of purpose
  5. GRE scores
  6. Departmental Scholarship Application (if desired)
  7. Departmental Application for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (if desired)
  8. MFA applicants will interview with faculty, preferably in person.

To be given full consideration for scholarship and assistantship awards, the Department of Theatre & Dance would like to receive all materials by MARCH 1 for fall term entry and OCTOBER 15 for spring term entry.

Please send the required School of Theatre & Dance materials to:
Abigail Roberts Chowning
Texas Tech University
Department of Theatre & Dance
Box 42061
Lubbock, TX 79409-2061
or abigail.chowning@ttu.edu

For more information about departmental requirements contact:
Abigail Roberts Chowning
Graduate Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator