Theatre Artisan Certificate in Stage Management

Our Artisan Certificate programs are designed for students who have completed a BA or BFA and are proficient in their craft but seek to enhance their artistic and technical experience in order to gain employment in leadership roles in the profession. The emphasis on training is geared to those who do not wish to pursue an MFA but find that they are in need of additional refinement of skill, experience, and collaboration in a professional conservatory setting.

Our program seeks to:

  • Enhance artistic expression, communication, and production skills through hands-on, mentored production experience within a wide range of production opportunities and classroom instruction.
  • Explore and enhance creative collaborations with directors, actors, designers, and playwrights.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of professional working methods and standards.

Curriculum Highlights

  • In-depth classroom instruction in artistic, practical, and skills applications of production for the art of theatre.
  • Production opportunities in multiple venues and multiple genres including the opportunity to work on productions with companies through our Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI).
  • The option of internships with leading regional theatres, shops, and Professional Theatre Initiative (PTI) affiliates.

Learning Outcomes

The Stage Management program aims to develop and foster the stage manager as theatre artist: a collaborator and facilitator of a rehearsal and performance environment that encourages creative exploration and storytelling; an adaptable and artful leader capable of innovative problem-solving; and a skilled communicator who can speak the language of actors, directors, designers, and the production team. Through their required coursework and production assignments, Stage Management students will:

  • Demonstrate a high level of technical and interpretive Stage Management skills sufficient to obtain professional positions in the performing arts.
  • Demonstrate spoken and written critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to enrich creative storytelling and take artistic risks.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and ability to engage with diverse communities as a theatre artist.

Program of Study (minimum of 24.5 credits)

First Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 697 & 698 Production 1 1
CFA TH 163 Drafting 1 1
CFA TH 521 Ds Acting 1 3
CFA TH 194 Intro to Stage Management 2
CFA TH 512 Ds Voice & Speech 2
PD PER 100 First Aid .5
Total credits 6.5 6
Second Year
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 553 & 554 Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 797 & 798 Production 1 1
CFA TH 631 Ds Movement: Armed Combat 2
CFA TH 632 Ds Movement: Unarmed Combat 2
CFA TH 240 Beginning Directing 2
CFA TH 340 Directing 2
Total credits 6 6