Eastern Michigan University
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Ken Stevens

Professor Theatre & Arts Administration

Ken Stevens 103 B Quirk




  • MA - Arts Administration, University of Cincinnati, 1968
  • BA - Political Science, University of Cincinnati, 1966

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
  • Americans for the Arts

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 158 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • CTAR 150 - Introduction to Theatre
  • CTAR 427 - Grant and Proposal Writing
  • CTAR 463 - American Musical Stage
  • CTAR 452 - Arts Management
  • CTAR 454 - Law Public Policy and the Arts
  • CTAR 453 - Marketing the Arts
  • CTAR 313 - Contemporary Issues: Community Cultural Development
  • CTAR 314 - Case Studies: Event Planning
  • CTAR 496 - Career Seminar


  • Arts Management, major and minor
  • Arts Administration, MA
  • Theatre Arts, major and minor
  • CMTA Comprehensive, major and minor
  • Theatre Arts, MA


Ken Stevens came to Eastern from Cincinnati where he co-founded the Showboat Majestic and served as a Rockefeller Fellow at Playhouse in the Park and the University of Cincinnati. Professor Stevens created EMU’s musical theatre minor and the graduate and undergraduate programs in arts management for which he now serves as advisor. He has directed over one hundred musicals and plays at Eastern and for stock and regional theatres. His professional credits include Associate Producer of Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, Producer of the Red Barn Theatre in Saugatuck, and Director at Actor’s Repertory Theatre in Las Vegas. He is a ten-time recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award and winner of the Gold Medallion Award and the Teaching Innovation Award. He has developed educational programs linking the arts with the study of math, science, geography and history. Other programming innovations that he originated and directed include the Prime and Players Dinner Theatre, The Depot Town Center Dinner Theatre, the Beaux Arts Festival and Ball, and the touring Encore musical company. Professor Stevens is the past president of the Michigan Theatre Association and the Michigan Legacy Art Park. In 2004 he was awarded the E Ray Scott Michigan Artist Prize for career accomplishments in the arts.