Tina M. Newhauser

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FacultyTheatreArts Cultural Management and Museum Studies

Senior Academic Specialist
Stage Management; Arts and Cultural Management

ORCID: 0000-0002-3624-1231


Tina M. Newhauser began her stage management career in the late 80’s, just after MTV made its national television debut, stage managing for regional theatre companies such as Porthouse Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Boarshead Theatre, Springfield Arts, and The Peterborough Players.

In the mid 90’s she moved to NYC and began working for such groundbreaking theatre companies as WPA, Signature Theatre, WestBeth Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club. After a few inspiring years working commercially downtown (her favorite production being the long running show THWAK, starring the physically & vocally flexible duo from downunder, The Umbilical Brothers) she trekked uptown to work on Broadway. Broadway credits include the Tony nominated play Say Goodnight Gracie, written by the talented Rupert Holmes and starring Frank Gorshin, and the Tony award winning musical The Boy From Oz, written by Nick Enright and Martin Sherman and starring the ever gracious Hugh Jackman. While in NYC, Tina also worked with such industry greats as: Barbara Cook, Liza Minnelli, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Eddie Izzard, Estelle Parsons, Andre DeShields, Horton Foote, Don Holder, and John Lee Beatty.

After stage managing for about 18 years, Tina began working as Production Manager for Off-Broadway productions and then for Capital Center for the Arts, a historic road house in beautiful New Hampshire. Managing for the CCA allowed Tina to work on more than 200 events and shows with artists such as Indigo Girls, BB King, Chris Botti, Chelsea Handler, and Train. Tina left the CCA to spend a few years working in Houston, Texas as General Manager for Cullen Performance Hall, a roadhouse on the campus of the University of Houston, and for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, the university’s professional union summer theatre company that performs at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

While working in NYC, NH, TX, and MI Tina continues to work as free-lance stage manager / showcaller in the Corporate Event & Business Theatre Industries. To date, she’s managed close to 200 corporate shows, marketing events, conferences and product launches for fortune 500 companies such as AOL, Reebok, MasterCard, Samsung, Motorola, Mercedes Benz, NASA, and variety of Pharma companies. These gigs have taken her to exotic locations across the globe; places like India, Venice, Barcelona and the ever picturesque Pittsburgh.

In 2012, Ms. Newhauser moved with her family to MI to begin working at MSU where she’s helped to create and launch a new Arts & Cultural Management Undergrad and Graduate program and in fall of 2017, a new BFA degree program in Stage Management. 

Awards and Honors


ACM 300 Starting your Business in the Creative, Visual, and Theatre Arts (online)

ACM 461 Strategies for Arts and Culture Management

ACM 463 Events Production and Planning for Arts and Culture Management (in person, hybrid, & online)

ACM 465 Leadership & Innovation for Arts and Cultural Management

ACM 468 Facilities and Operations for Arts & Culture Management (in person, hybrid, & online)

ACM 471 Senior Seminar for Arts & Culture Management (in person, hybrid, and online)

ACM 490 Independent Study in Arts and Cultural Management

IAH 241D Creative Process – Nonprofit Structures (hybrid)

THR 316 Stage Management (in person & online)

THR 466 Advanced Stage Management (in person & online)

THR 467 Production Management

THR 300a & 300c – Production Practicum

University News

Alum Reunites with Mentor Who Helped Kickstart Her Career
Published November 15, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
In Spring 2020, Shelby Eppich became one of the first two people to graduate from Michigan State University with a BFA in Stage Management, a program founded in 2017 by Tina M. Newhauser, Head of…Read now »
College Celebrates Accomplishments of 2023 Promoted Faculty
Published September 20, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, 20 faculty members within the College of Arts & Letters have received promotions. The success of these individuals was celebrated during the 2023 Faculty and Staff…Read now »
Supporting Staged Intimacy
Published March 20, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
MSU Theatre Professors Advocate for Safety, Boundaries, and Better Storytelling Through Intimacy Direction Education When Alexis Black was a fight director for Broadway and off-Broadway…Read now »
Stage Management Student Works with Broadway Stars in NYC Before Graduating from MSU
Published May 23, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Behind the scenes of every theatre production there is a stage manager who ensures all the moving parts of the production run smoothly. From running rehearsals to communicating technical needs,…Read now »
Department of Theatre Awards First Stage Management BFAs
Published April 28, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Actors’ Equity Association has named 2020 the “Year of the Stage Manager,” commemorating the decision made 100 years ago to encode stage managers in the union. This feels like an…Read now »
10th Annual Friends of Theatre Gala Gets Broadway Boost
Published April 18, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
group of four people who are dressed in formal attire and are holding colorful hats in the air in front of a red curtain
The Michigan State Univeristy Friends of Theatre invite the public to attend the Friends of Theatre Gala on Tuesday, May 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wharton Center for…Read now »
Students Practice Stage Management Skills at New York City Event
Published May 22, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
picture of a festival stage with a large crowd
Earlier this month, three College of Arts & Letters students practiced their stage management skills by helping out on a high-profile, high-budget New York City launch event hosted by Academy…Read now »
A Lesson in How the Arts Bring Communities Together
Published April 28, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
a small group of people posing for a photo in front of a blackboard
Students in AL 468, Facilities and Operations for Arts and Cultural Management, a graduate course in the Arts and Cultural Management M.A. program, not only study restoration of historic cultural…Read now »
Tina Newhauser Awarded Arts Educator 2015
Published December 3, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
man and woman pose with award
Tina Newhauser (right) with Craig Mitchell Smith who designed and crafted the awards, Tina Newhauser, faculty of stage management in the Department of Theatre, and associate director of…Read now »