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MFA inTheatre Management& Producingat Columbia University2020 Online Q&A

Steven ChaikelsonProfessorTheatre Management & ProducingConcentration DirectorPresidentSnug Harbor ProductionsVictoria BaileyAdjunct ProfessorTheatre Management & ProducingConcentration AdvisorExecutive DirectorTheatre Development Fund

Dodge Hall – 116th Streetand Broadway Film Theatre Writing Visual Arts

Theatre ProgramThe Oscar Hammerstein IICenter for Theatre StudiesOffering MFA Degrees in:ActingDirectingDramaturgyPlaywritingStage ManagementTheatreManagement &Producing Joint JD/MFA withColumbia LawSchool

Why an MFA? The Big Picture and In-Depth StudyExpand Your s of 2017 at the Shubert Archive

Theatre Management & ProducingProgram Summary 8-10 Students per year3 Year Program60 Credits over the first 2 years / 4 semestersProducing/Management Requirement3 InternshipsCollaboration WeekendCrew AssignmentFree TicketsThesisClass of 2022 – Collaboration Weekend

FacultyWorking Professionals Victoria Bailey (Theatre Development Fund)Renee Blinkwolt (Ars Nova)Jeremy Blocker (New York Theatre Workshop)Gigi Bolt (Arts Consultant)Chris Boneau (Boneau/Bryan-Brown)Chris Burney (New York Stage & Film)Carolyn Casselman (Davis Wright Tremaine)Steven Chaikelson (Snug Harbor Productions)Ellen Dennis (Producer)Nick Falzon (Disney Theatrical Group)Charlie Flateman (Shubert Organization)Robert Fried (Withum) Sue Frost (Come From Away)Barry Grove (Manhattan Theatre Club)Justin Karr (Jujamcyn Theaters)Karen Kowgios (Withum)Dessie Moynihan (Shubert Organization)Michael Naumann (Theatre Development Fund)Amanda Pekoe (The Pekoe Group)Lisa Poyer (Company Manager)Darren Robertson (Lincoln Center)Thomas Schumacher (Disney Theatrical Group)Rachel Sussman (Independent Producer)Donna Walker-Kuhne (Walker InternationalCommunications)

StudentsDiverse Backgrounds and Experiences Columbia University: One of the largestinternational studentpopulations in the USA School of the Arts: 28% of the student body isinternational Students from 50 countries Theatre Management &Producing 35% of the current studentbody is international Students from 6 countries

New York City is your classroom

Individualizedand Balanced Curriculum Individualized Program Commercial and Not-for-Profit (subsidized) Management/Administration andProducing/Entrepreneurship Building Skills and TacklingIndustry Issues Industry History, BestPractices and New Frontiers National and InternationalClass of 2021 – Field Trip to The Lion King

Areas of Study Accounting and FinanceBudgetingContractsCreative DevelopmentEquity, Diversity and InclusionFundraising and DevelopmentHistory and TheoryInternational ProductionLabor RelationsManagement and AdministrationMarketing and Audience Development

CoursesFirst Year Theatre Management &Administration I and IISecond Year The Development Process Advanced Seminar in TheatreManagement Theatre Practicum: Ticketing, Pricing& Inventory Control Budgeting and Reporting Accounting for the Theatre Fundraising & Marketing Advertising for the Theatre International Touring and Festivals Press & Publicity Not-for-Profit Producing Partnerships History and Theory of Theatre Company Management Issues in the National Not-for-ProfitTheatre The Role of the Producer I and II Creative ProducingSeminar in Law & Theatre (atColumbia Law School) NEW Digital Producing NEW Reimagining American Theatre NEW Critical Issues in TheatreProducing: Diversity, Equity andInclusion in the Arts Legal Writing Practicum Labor Relations & CollectiveBargaining

Electives Theatre ProgramFilm ProgramArts AdministrationColumbia Business SchoolColumbia School of LawOther Areas of the University

Columbia University / Stage One Exchange Program London participants to NYCfor 1 week Columbia students to Londonfor 1 week Learn about differentbusiness practices Build relationships

Internshipsa selection of companies where students recently interned 101 ProductionsArs NovaAtlantic Theatre CompanyBespoke TheatricalsBroadway and Beyond TheatricalsBroadway Brands/BroadwayBriefingBrooklyn Academy of MusicDaryl Roth Theatrical ManagementEn Garde ArtsIrish RepJunkyard Dog ProductionsJujamcyn TheatersManhattan Theatre ClubMaximum EntertainmentMCC TheatreNew York Stage and FilmNew York Theatre WorkshopRCI TheatricalsRoundabout TheatreStudents and Alumni on the job at 101 Productions Signature TheatreSituation InteractiveStage Directors and Choreographers SocietyThompson Turner ProductionsTheatre Development Fund (TDF)The Nederlander OrganizationThe New GroupThe Play CompanyThe Shubert OrganizationWalt Disney Theatrical ProductionsWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Collaboration Collaboration Weekend Classroom Projects First and Second YearProductions Third Year MainstageProductions and Festivals Extracurricular productionon and off campus

Manhattanville and theLenfest Center for the ArtsOur new theatre opened in Fall 2017

Thesis 3rd Year50-100 PagesMake an ArgumentInterviewsFaculty and Outside Advisors

JD/MFAComplete the JD and MFA in Theatre Management & Producing in 4-5 years.Applicants must apply separately to each school.

Theatre Accountability ProjectFall 2020: We created a weekly webinar serieson the business of theatre in partnership withBlack Theatre CoalitionSpring 2021: Producing students will join TheTheater for Change: Reimagining JusticeThrough Abolition, Columbia Law School’spartnership with Broadway Advocacy Coalition

T Fellowship for Creative ProducersCurrent MentorsKristen CaskeySue FrostThomas SchumacherJeffrey SellerDavid StoneOrin Wolf

Financial Aid Need-based and Merit-based awardsavailable Financial Packages for Years 1 and 2 Additional opportunities for studentcoordinator employment in Year 2 Fellowships generally range from 10,000to 30,000 per year Shubert Internship Stipend in Year 3

Admissions What kind of students are we looking for?No GRE RequiredCreative MaterialsApplication Deadline: January 5, 2021Admissions Committee and InterviewsApplication available at more information:Website: SOAadmissions@columbia.eduPhone: (212) 854-2134

Alumnia selection of alumni accomplishments Renee Blinkwolt (Managing Director): Ars NovaJeremy Blocker (Managing Director): New York Theatre WorkshopSusan Booth (Associate Professor): Eastern Michigan UniversityThom Clay (Director of Theatre Management): The NederlanderOrganizationBeth Dembrow (General Manager): MCC TheatreKelvin Dinkins (General Manager/Asst. Dean): Yale Rep/School of DramaAndy Donald (Assoc Artistic Director): American Conservatory TheatreSteve Dow (Chief Administrative Officer): Roundabout Theatre CompanyDave Ehle (Company Manager): Come From AwayJamie Forshaw (Executive Producer): MWM Live / Madison Wells MediaTemple Gill (Director of Marketing): Huntington Theatre CompanyJill Jefferson (Director, Advertising & Promotions): NYC BalletJessica Jenen (Senior General Manager): Broadway AsiaBrandon Kahn (General Manager): Alley TheatreDanielle Karliner Naish (General Manager): RCI TheatricalsJustin Karr (Vice President of Ticketing Operations): Jujamcyn TheatersKappy Kilburn (Executive Director): Human Race TheatreAllie Lalonde (Producing Director): The TEAMEric Louie (Producing Director): La Jolla PlayhouseHal Luftig (Producer): Kinky Boots, American UtopiaStacey McMath (Program Specialist): NYC Department of Cultural AffairsDavid Manella (Associate): Loeb & Loeb LLPAdam Miller (Associate General Manager): The Book of MormonFaye Rosenbaum (General Manager): Martha Graham Dance CompanyStephen Sosnowski (VP of Media and Account Services): SpotCoMichael Stotts (Managing Director): Paper Mill PlayhouseJoel Szulc (Director of Finance): Theatre Under the StarsHalla Tryggvadottir (Performance Marketing Coordinator): LincolnCenter for the Performing ArtsBarbara Whitman (Producer): 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,Fun Home, Oh, Hello, Fully Committed

Class of 2015 at GraduationClass of 2018 with Professors Robert Fried and Karen KowgiosHamilton Opening Night in Chicago

Thank you for joining us forthis session!Any Questions?

Theatre Management & Producing Concentration Advisor . Executive Director Theatre Development Fund Film Theatre Writing Visual Arts Dodge Hall – 116th Street and Broadway. Theatre Program The Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies . Class of 2017 at the Shubert Archive. Theatre Management & Producing Program Summary

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