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Stage Management Certificate

Certificate in Stage Management students work with professional directors and designers, and play a key role in running productions as assistant and production stage managers. The program combines a series of courses with hands on experience in the production process. Students should be prepared to demonstrate exceptional stage management skills and assume significant responsibilities in completing the program.

Download an application form (PDF).

Requirements and Program Components


  • English 290 or 291: Plays in Production
  • English 170 or 171: Technical Theatre

Students are required to complete eight classes from the five sections listed below:

Section 1: Developing Technical Knowledge

Students must take one of the following:

  • ENG 172 or 173: Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound
  • ENG 270 or 271: Advanced Technical Theatre

Section 2: Developing Academic Understanding or Required Skill

Students must take two of the following:

  • MUR 101: Elements of Music
  • ENG 111: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 210: Shakespeare
  • ENG 244: Genealogy of Tragedy

Other classes may be considered depending on an individual student’s needs. Substitutions should be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

Section 3: Developing an Understanding of the Artistic and Creative Processes 

Students must take at least one of the following:

  • ENG 174 or 175: Acting Techniques
  • ENG 178 or 179: Design for the Stage
  • ENG 180: Directing

Section 4: Developing Practical Stage Management Skills

  • Students must work as an assistant stage manager on at least two Theatre Program productions
  • Students must work as a production stage manager on at least two Theatre Program productions
  • ENG 296 and/or 297: Stage Management
  • ENG 292, 293, 294 and/or 295: Plays in Performance

Section 5: Gaining Professional Experience

We strongly encourage students to extend their training with summer internships. The Theatre Program will assist in setting up these internships for qualified students.

Students should plan on doing at least one outside or summer stage management internship during their undergraduate studies.