Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Theatre, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Theatre Arts Management

Program Learning Outcomes

Theatre Arts Management

Students in the BA Theatre, Theatre Arts Management concentrations will develop skills and gain knowledge related to the management, administration and support of nonprofit cultural agencies, institutions, and performing arts organizations. Through classroom, production, practical, and internship activities, students will:

  • gain an understanding of board development, institutional advancement, communications, and community-based development activities. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 5,7,8,9)
  • gain a functional knowledge of fundraising; annual campaigns; grant writing; event planning; and individual, corporate, business, and foundation funding. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 5,7,8,9)
  • gain an understanding of current policy issues affecting the arts, policy making processes, and the best practices for advocacy. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 5,7,8,9)
  • develop, conduct, and construct effective marketing research and plans. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,7,8,9)
  • develop, conduct, and construct effective audience development research and plans. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,7,8,9)
  • identify and understand the history, organizational structures, practices, current policy issues, and standard matters related to the nonprofit arts sector. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,7,8,9)


  • Communication: Students will learn to communicate effectively by developing and defending informed viewpoints about theatre. Students will gain an understanding of the common elements and vocabulary of theatre and of the interaction of these elements, giving them the ability to analyze both dramatic literature and live performance perceptively and to evaluate them critically. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,6,9)
  • Creation/Production/Performance: Students will gain an overview of the collaborative elements of theatre and will demonstrate an understanding of the production process.  Students will explore and experience different values, perspectives, and aesthetics allowing them to problem solve, create, perform and produce theatre. Students will successfully execute job duties related to the performance of a role, crew position and/or design assignment. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,6,7,8,9)
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will acquire the entrepreneurial skills necessary to assist in the development and advancement of careers in theatre. Students will learn to apply knowledge and skills to meet professional competencies in the field of theatre.  Students will learn procedures and develop skills that enable them to conduct themselves in a manner accepted in the professional theatre community. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,6,8,9)
  • Historical Knowledge: Students will acquire familiarity with theatre literature of various historical periods, cultural sources, and modes of presentation. Students will learn the essential elements of the historical development of theatre and drama. Students will relate, connect, integrate, and contextualize knowledge acquired in theatre courses. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,2,5,6,9) 
  • Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will gain the ability to write clearly and effectively. (aligns with University Learning Outcomes 1,5)

Related Links

Theatre - Theatre Arts Management, BA Program Page

Theatre Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
THEA 131Fundamentals of Acting3
THEA 132Stagecraft3
THEA 281Survey of Dramatic Literature I3
THEA 283Survey of Dramatic Literature II3
THEA 337Directing3
THEA 425Professional Theatre Practice3
Theatre Arts Concentration
THEA 159Introduction to Theatre Arts Management3
THEA 345Stage Management and Safety3
THEA 359Studies in Audience Development3
THEA 450Internship3
NLPA 220Introduction to Nonprofit Management3
Theatre Arts Management Level 1 Courses
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Rehearsal and Production Repeatable for max of 12 credits
Financial Accounting
Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication & Public Relations
Introduction to Digital Design
Interactive Multimedia 1
Video Production
Introduction to Professional Writing
Leadership Theory
Principles of Marketing
Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making
Theatre Arts Management Level 2 Courses
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Shakespeare Tour
New Play Development
International Theatre Experience
Projects in Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
History of Theatre Design and Architecture
Theories of Acting and Directing
Independent Study
Business Analysis and Decision Making
Social Media
Professional Presentation
Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Organizational Behavior
Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers
Community Change and Development
Social and Ethical Issues in Philanthropy and Fundraising
Required Stage Management Experience Before Graduation
Stage Management Experience 1
Stage Management Experience 2
Total Hours42

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs International study programs (including Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival Trip)
  2. SRU Theatre Department Productions
  3. Theatre internships and summer theatre employment
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Department field trips
  8. Theatre Department Student Staff
  9. Student Lab Productions in Sheehy Theatre
  10. Guest Artist lectures, workshops, and productions

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

THEATRE - BA (5 92)
Concentration in Theatre Arts Management (THAM)
This program is effective as of Summer 2023.
Revised 05.25.2023
UCC 03.21.2023

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3
THEA 159
Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
or Survey of Dramatic Literature I
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
Select one of the following: 3
Survey of Dramatic Literature II
Theatre Arts Management Level 1
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Elective 3
Second Year
THEA 281
Survey of Dramatic Literature I
or Introduction to Theatre Arts Management
Modern Language 101 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2
Select one of the following: 3
Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
Theatre Arts Management Level 1
THEA 345
Stage Management and Safety
or Studies in Audience Development
THEA 359 Studies in Audience Development 3
NLPA 220 Introduction to Nonprofit Management 3
Modern Language 102 3
Third Year
Theatre Arts Management Level 2 Course 3
Modern Language 103 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Theatre Arts Management Level 2 Course 3
THEA 337 Directing 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 3
Rock Studies 2 Requirements 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
THEA 450 Internship 3
Thematic Thread Requirement - 300+ Level 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students may also take Theatre Arts Management Level 1 Course


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5 92
Concentration: THAM
Revised date: 04.22.2023