The not-for-profit arts industry delivers $1 billion annually to the Illinois economy—with more than a third of the sum emanating from not-for-profit theater companies. Much of this activity takes place in Chicago, where local theaters employ more than 6,750 artists and administrators. Over the next several years the not-for-profit theater movement in America will be transitioning into its third generation of executive leaders, and the marketplace has never been more crowded or more competitive.
To help identify and groom the finest emerging arts managers, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with The Theater School at DePaul University, has developed a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree program combining full-time employment at CST with graduate-level coursework. Participants get the best of two worlds—cutting-edge theoretical work in the classroom and the opportunity to apply it through hands-on, real-world training at CST.
A fast track to the highest levels of not-for-profit management, the Arts Leadership Program is cultivating a generation of individuals who, in the years ahead, will guide the business of art to new heights.
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Exact sponsorship opportunities and benefits evolve over time. Interested parties are encouraged to speak with CST representatives to learn more about the Arts Leadership Program. Contact information is provided below.