Stage Management students are encouraged to evolve a keen theatrical sensibility, a sound working knowledge of technical production, strong organizational skills, and an effective ability in personnel management. Students experience the process of mounting a theatrical event that is precisely organized and plays with seamless artistry. These students crave knowledge in all aspects of theatre production, and their program of study provides training in most major areas of theatre activity. The program also orchestrates a series of progressively demanding assignments in the management of productions. Students within this program consequently share a common experience of both specific focus and broad responsibility that leads to an unusually strong sense of community.
In the first two years, study includes basic work in design, production, and performance. Curricular choices include courses in the principles of design and crafts for the stage, as well as in voice and speech, movement, acting, theatre history and literature, and in stage management.
During the third and fourth years, students may elect courses in directing and general arts management as well as advanced courses in design, production, and performance skills. Each student’s program of study is devised to reflect and enrich his or her own particular talents and interests.
Prior to entering the BFA Stage Management program, students must complete the Design & Production Core curriculum.
- BFA Stage Management
Students who participate within the Stage Management program work with a professional faculty whose work is seen throughout the world. The faculty brings with them their professional experiences as designers in regional theater and Broadway as well as work that is produced internationally.
There are also many opportunities for hands-on study in our more than 40 productions that the School of Theatre produces annually. We also offer professional opportunities through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI), which allows our students access to top theatres throughout the country for internship, summer stock, or production opportunities. Participating theatres include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Company, and the Hangar Theatre, just to name a few. We also have two professional theatres in Boston that are PTI affiliates—the Huntington Theatre Company (2013 Outstanding Regional Theatre Recipient), which is in residence at Boston University, and New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts. Students can expect to work in professional or academic standing with both theatres during their tenure.
The Stage Management program has been in existence since 1954 when the School of Theatre was formed. Our alumni can be seen working in every facet of theatre, film, television, and the entertainment world. A full list of alumni and their accomplishments can be found on the College of Fine Arts website.