The Hilberry Theatre’s MFA in Theatre Management: A Case Study in Continual Process Improvement

By Anthony Rhine.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper provides a case study of the evolution of the Theatre Management program at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan. The examination looks at the transformation of the WSU program in three stages, from its inception as a support function, to the first stage of academic alteration inspired by the work of Dan Martin of Carnegie-Mellon University, to recent structural changes that have generated dramatic improvement within the program. The author hopes that tracing the trajectory of this evolution in such fashion will help educators and practitioners in the field to better understand both the roots and the continuing development of this particular aspect of academics, with the goal of setting the stage for further refinements to the field.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Arts Administration, Theatre Education, Theatre Management, Arts Education

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.361-374. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.024KB).

Dr. Anthony Rhine

Asstant Professor, Department of Theatre, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Anthony is currently a professor of theatre and the director of the Theatre Management MFA at Wayne State University, prior to which he served as executive director of three major producing theatres over the course of fifteen years. His study of leadership in the arts and his model for teaching is used by businesses across the United States. He has produced and directed scores of theatrical productions, written works that have been produced throughout the United States and on tours in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. He is currently writing the book of the musical “Mermaids,” for MGM On Stage.


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