Villanova University offers students the opportunity to combine their interest in Theatre with a certificate in Non-Profit Management through the collaboration of the Theatre Department and the Public Administration department This new program combines the scholarly, creative, and practical curriculum of the M.A. in Theatre with a certificate designed to facilitate a career in the nonprofit sector.
In addition to traditional theatre curriculum, you will take Theatre Management (offered by the Theatre Department) and four courses from Villanova’s Master of Public Administration program:
The MA in Theatre is 36 credits. The certificate in Non-Profit Management is 15 credits. In order to combine the MA in Theatre with the certificate, an additional 3 credits are needed, bringing the total number of credits for students who plan to do both to 39 credits. Please note that all students receiving funding will have to pay for the additional three credits.
The PA program offers a variety of exciting 1 credit courses that are offered on three consecutive Saturday mornings in each semester. These courses broaden one's skill set and make achieving the extra three credits necessary to complete the certificate achievable while balancing academics and theatre production.
Students pursuing the Non-Profit Management Certificate would substitute one theatre class each semester for a Public Administration class. Theatre Management would also be taken in the summer during Summer Session 1.
When you begin your application for the MA in Theatre, you can choose
the Certificate in Non-Profit Management as your secondary program. Applicants must be accepted into the Theatre program and the and Public Administration program separately.
Many of our recent graduates who received their Certificate in Non-Profit Management are currently working in the industry.
Sarah Kelley ('17) is the Development Coordinator for the New England Foundation for the Arts, where among other duties she serves as the administrative contact for NEFA's first two-year pilot of an Advisory Council. She is also a freelance dramaturg for small companies and individual playwrights in Boston.
Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez ('17) is a professor at Rowan University and founding member of Kaleid Theatre and Svaha Theatre Collective. Rachel specializes in performance and marketing and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Theatrical Trainer and EgoPo Classic Theatre.
Andrea Rumble-Moore ('18) is the Technical and Production Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania's Theatre Arts Program and is the Advising Technical Director for Villanova's Music Activities Stage Crew. She has worked in and around Philadelphia as a lighting designer, production manager, technical director, dramaturg and stage manager.
Department of Theatre and Studio Art
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085