Undergraduate

Earning a Undergraduate Degree in Theatre

Here's the good news: If you want to be a stage manager, the best way to learn is through experience and experience is available EVERYWHERE. Every high school, college, and community theatre that makes theatre NEEDS stage managers to work on their productions. Those jobs may not pay well - they may not pay anything - but experience is the BEST way to hone your skills.

If you want to get an undergraduate degree in theatre, there are (2) ways:

  1. Attend a school that offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre (or Drama)

  2. Attend a school that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Stage Management

What's the difference between a BA and a BFA?

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a more generalized degree, focused on providing the student with a well-rounded education. Students in BA programs take more general education courses and have a wider range of subjects to study from. BA programs still focus on theatre, but they also emphasis the importance of knowledge in other fields. Many BA programs around the US also offer a specialization or 'honors' program in a specific theatrical element, such as stage management. When researching a school, look into their options for specialization and opportunities for stage management work.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is focused more on the specific field of study. So, a student earning a BFA in Stage Management would take primarily stage management classes, particularly practical and experience-based classes.

Select STAGE MANAGEMENT Programs:

Here is a list that I've collected of stage management programs around the United States. Please note, there will be stage management opportunities at EVERY school with a theatre department, even if they are not on this list.

 

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University

Location

Degree

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

BFA in Production & Stage Management

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

BA/BS in Stage Management

Boston University

Boston, MA

BFA in Multidisciplinary Stage Management

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

BFA in Stage Management

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, KY

BA in Theater Production

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, OH

BFA in Theatre Design & Production

Colorado University

Boulder,CO

BFA in Theatre Design, Technology, & Management

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL

BA in Theatre Technology

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

BFA in Stage Management

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

BFA in Theatre Arts w/ Stage Management Concentration

Emerson College

Boston, MA

BFA in Stage and Production Management

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

BA in Theatre w/ Design & Production Track

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN

BA in Theatre w/ Concentration in Stage Management

Marymount Manhattan

New York, NY

BA in Theatre w/ Concentration in Producing & Management

Millikin University

Decatur, IL

BFA in Stage Management

Missouri State University

Springfield, MO

BFA in Design, Technology, and Stage Management

Ohio University

Athens, OH

BFA in Stage Management

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

BFA in Stage Management

Pace School of Performing Arts

New York,NY

BA in Stage Management

Pepperdine - Seaver College

Malibu, CA

BA in Theatre Arts w/ Emphasis in Production/Design

Penn State

University Park, PA

BFA in Stage Management

Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA

BFA in Stage Management

Purchase College

Purchase, NY

BFA in Stage Management

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ

BFA In Stage Management

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

BFA in Stage Management

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

BFA in Stage Management

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

BFA in Stage Management

University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

BFA In Directing, Playwriting + Production

University of Houston - School of Theatre & Dance

Houston, TX

BFA in Theatre - Stage Management

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

BFA in Stage Management

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IO

BA in Theatre Arts w/ Focus on Stage Management

University of Miami

Miami, FL

BFA in Stage Management

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Duluth, MN

BFA in Stage Management

University of North Carolina

Winston-Salem, NC

BFA in Stage Management

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

BFA in Stage Management

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

BFA in Stage Management

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

BFA in Stage Management

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

BFA in Theatre w/ Concentration in Stage Management

Webster University

St. Louis, MO

BFA in Stage Management

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

BFA in Stage Management