Theatre (Directing and Management)Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

What you will learn

This emphasis provides comprehensive training and practical experience in directing, stage management and theatre management. It shares a common core with our performance program, offering fundamental training in design, acting, movement and voice for the first three semesters. Specialized classes follow in stage management, theatre management, and beginning and advanced directing. The culmination of the emphasis is four mentored projects in the student's area of specialty or a combination of projects in several areas.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this degree program are prepared for careers in stage and screen directing and management.

The NEBRASKA difference

Our specialized programs are based on a commitment to detailed, pre-professional training and experience for the dedicated student. Beyond serving majors, our undergraduate programs in Theatre Arts offer university students many different ways to study and enjoy theatre and film. We welcome all students to attend, audition for roles and participate in our productions.

Internships / Clubs

Notable internships and clubs include NET Television Internships, Outpost 12 Studios, and the Nebraska Masquers (student theatre organization).

Alumni / Faculty


  • James Baffico (BA, 1967, MA, 1969): director (Days of Our Lives, All My Children), producer (Another World), and actor (Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, All the Right Moves)
  • Crystal Craft: stage manager (General Hospital), and actress (Strangers Online, The Awakening of Gabriella)
  • David Duffy (BFA, 1988): currently Creative Director, Disney Cruise Line Entertainment, and Associate Artistic Director, Walt Disney Entertainment; previously Show Director, Walt Disney Entertainment, and Park Show Director, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World
  • Amy Rafa (MFA, 2000): Manager, Human Resources and Administrative Services, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts


Facilities feature four production spaces (including a sound stage) and enviable classroom and shop areas offering one of the finest centers of theatrical training in the Midwest.