Master of Arts in Theatre Arts—Theatre Production Specialization

About the Theatre Production Specialization

Step into the spotlight with the Theatre Production Specialization. Our master's program explores directing, scene master, and set construction. You’ll interpret scripts, visualize staging, and master the art of storytelling. Put your learning into action while earning an MFA at CWU and craft your unique story of creativity and collaboration in theatre.

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Why Study Theatre Production at CWU?

CWU has modern theatre facilities that enable you to explore, experiment, and perfect your craft.

This hands-on experience is vital in preparing you for your future career. You’ll also be part of a vibrant and supportive arts community. This network of peers and professionals will enrich your studies, providing opportunities for collaboration and fostering lasting connections in the field. 

Where is this program offered?  

How much does this program cost?  

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Does CWU offer assistantships?

Find opportunities to fund your degree through the School of Graduate Studies and Research. 

Where can I find more information? 

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Visit the School of Graduate Studies and Research for additional program eligibility information.

Careers and Opportunities 

Our master's program equips you with the skills, knowledge, and industry connections necessary to pursue a career in theatre production. 

As a graduate, you can work as a production manager, overseeing all technical and logistical aspects of theatrical productions. You’ll be able to coordinate with various departments, manage budgets, and ensure smooth operations during rehearsals and performances. You can also specialize as a lighting designer, creating innovative lighting designs that enhance the mood, atmosphere, and visual impact of a theatrical production. You’ll work closely with directors, set designers, and technical teams to bring their designs to fruition.


Lights, Camera, Performance 

The Central Theatre Ensemble, the production wing of the Theatre Arts Department, produces several shows each season, both on the main stage and in a studio (workshop) setting. Among the main stage offerings each year are a variety of performances including the annual musical theatre production. 2023 featured “Into the Woods.” 

Make a Career of It 

CWU graduates of the Musical Theatre, BFA have gone on to intern and work with companies across the U.S. including Centerstage Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, The 5th Ave Theatre, ArtsWest Theatre (Seattle, WA), Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre (Coeur d'Alene, ID), Idaho Shakespeare Repertory (Boise, ID), Midtown Arts (Fort Collins, CO), Virginia City Players (Virginia City, MT), Artists Repertory Theatre, Northwest Classical Theatre, Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR), The Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago, IL), Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA), Disneyland and Disney World.  

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