Creative Producing and Management

Before applying, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Creative Producing and Management Programs, faculty, facilities, and curriculum and view student work.

Please note that you must complete all Admissions Requirements as well as the audition or portfolio requirements to be considered for admission.


Application Guidelines (BFA and MFA)

BFA Creative Producing and Management

BFA applicants interested in Creative Producing and Management apply through the Design and Production Program. Admission to the BFA Design and Production program is based on portfolio review and a personal interview.

MFA Creative Producing and Management

MFA applicants for Creative Producing and Management should follow the portfolio requirements for one of the following specializations. Please note that portfolios for the Creative Producing and Management program must be submitted online via SlideRoom. Applicants will be contacted if an interview is requested by Faculty. Not all candidates will be invited to interview. Interviews may be held by phone, although an in-person interview is preferred when possible.

Please do not mail hard copies and do not email your portfolio to the School of Theater. Doing so will cause a delay in the review of your work. See the individual programs for specific requirements.

Graduate Application Deadline: January 5. After the deadline, we will continue to receive applications on a rolling basis until programs close.

Stage Management Specialization (MFA only)

  • A current resume
  • An essay that addresses your interest in stage management and performance, your thoughts about the role of the stage manager in the creative process, and your reasons for pursuing an MFA
  • Samples of paperwork you have created for production that demonstrate the range of your experience (character/scene breakdown, prop list, deck shift plot, schedules, contact sheets.) When possible please include sample rehearsal reports and samples from blocking and cueing scripts. Please do not submit an entire production book at this time.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one professional.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.

Applicants selected for interview might be asked to provide a complete production book and the names of two additional professional references.

The Head of Stage Management will be conducting interviews for direct applicants and U/RTA applicants on the following dates:

  • New York City- Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Chicago- Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stage Management interviews for U/RTA applicants can be found at http://www.urta.com

Production Management Specialization (MFA only)

  • A current résumé
  • Excerpts of prompt and/or production books
  • Other materials you have created or worked with that demonstrate your organizational ability or experience
  • Your artist statement, which should discuss your artistic ideas, ideals and vision. Why CalArts Program in Creative Producing and Management is right for you, why you are right for the program
  • A statement about your interest in the theater and its interrelated creative environments of immersive entertainment and experimental live performance
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one professional.

Producing Specialization (MFA only)

  • A current résumé
  • An artistic statement, which addresses your vision for the theater and its place in the world and why you are a producer
  • A writing sample (this can be from a grant, marketing copy, a performance review, etc.)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one professional
  • Any materials you have created or worked with that illustrate your experience and organizational ability, such as marketing
    copy and/or flyers, fundraising appeals, general management materials (budgets, organizational memos, timelines and schedules, company management or systems manuals, etc.)

A Co-Head of Producing will be conducting interviews for direct applicants and U/RTA applicants in New York City- Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Producing interviews for U/RTA applicants can be found at http://www.urta.com