Wayne State University

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Graduate Programs

The Master of Fine Arts Degree
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) curriculum is a three-year program of intensive practical training. The central component of the program is frequent performance, production and management under professional conditions at the Hilberry Theatre. Academic courses are intended as a supplement to this practical training. 
The M.F.A curriculum offers the following specializations:
  • Theatre Management
  • Acting
  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Stage Management
  • Costume Design
Graduate research assistantships, which include tuition waivers, medical insurance and a stipend, are granted to the majority of accepted company members.
Model D Media, a Detroit online magazine, did a feature on the Hilberry Theatre Graduate Program. Check out the article and pictures here.
The Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry Degree

he Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry Degree

The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a three-year, part-time program of advanced studies in theatre and dance, designed to provide specialized training in:


  • research methods,
  • professional practice, and
  • pedagogical foundations of teaching artistry.

The program equips artists, educators and community workers with practical knowledge and research skills necessary for effective engagement of communities through arts experiences.  Bringing together the most current theories and practices of arts engagement, students will be trained in an environment that fosters cultural sensitivity, problem-solving skills and ensemble-based thinking and creativity.  With this degree, students may continue or pursue careers in teaching artistry, arts administration, arts advocacy and arts entrepreneurship.


The M.A. is offered in two formats: the fully online program provides the most flexibility for working professionals and those living outside the Detroit metro area; the hybrid program enables students to combine online learning in required courses with face-to-face instruction in elective coursework.  Fieldwork as a teaching artist is a part of some required courses.  Prospective applicants are asked to establish or confirm a relationship with an educational and/or arts organization where they can carry out fieldwork assignments while they are a student in the program.

Students enrolled in the fully online program will have the out-of-state portion of their tuition waived.


Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Co-Director

Mary Elizabeth Cooney

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Doug Risner, Co-Director

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