Become the technical brain behind a theatrical production.

Ready for a rigorous and diverse course of study that will take you out of your comfort zone and ultimately prepare you for success in arguably one of the most important roles in a theatre production? You’ve come to the right place. Through Boston University’s Stage Management program, you’ll gain valuable information and skills to succeed as a stage manager and theatre artist surrounded by an amazing community with ample support.

  • Utilize their LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT skills to adapt to the specific needs of the people and the process
  • Clearly COMMUNICATE by speaking the languages of the actors, directors, designers, and production staff that are members of their team
  • Employee CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING to nimbly address challenges that arise in the process 
  • FACILITATE a space that allows for creative exploration 
  • Draw upon their skills in TEAMWORK to build an inclusive community  
  • Engage and contribute as ARTFUL COLLABORATORS in support of the storytelling

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in theatre, stage management aims to develop and foster the stage manager as a 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.

At BU, stage management students get hands-on experience as stage managers and assistant stage managers during the School of Theatre’s production season. Shows are held in a variety of unique spaces, including the state-of-the-art dramatic arts complex, BU’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre.

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I believe that as a stage manager and a production manager I am an artist and a collaborator. I hope to foster and encourage in my students active engagement in collaborative processes, an open communication style where they speak the language of the actors, director, designers, and production team, and to guide them in the exploration of their artistry as they discover their unique style of facilitating and supporting a rehearsal and production environment that emboldens creative exploration and artistic risks. And in the process, I hope to learn from them as well.

– Renee E. Yancey, lecturer (management); academic coordinator for curriculum and assessment; and management programs head


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