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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

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 184 or 185: Intro to Theatre (prev. ENG 290 or 291: Plays in Production)
  • ENG 170 or 171: Technical Theatre

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 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
  • ENG 208*: Renaissance Drama / What is Tragedy)
  • ENG 210: Shakespeare
  • ENG 228* (African-American Drama)
  • ENG 235: 20th Century Drama

* Titles of these course numbers are subject to change.  Please consult with your advisor.

[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 (in the case of 2-credit classes, students should plan on taking 2 courses) for a total of 4 credits:

  • ENG 154 or 155: Intro to Design for the Stage
  • 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.