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Stage Management/Design-Tech Program

Stage Management/Design-Technical Concentration

5-Week Program
7-Week Program
5-Week Program

Backstage and design work is brought into the spotlight in this program. All of the Stage Management/Design-Technical classes offer students tremendous and wide-ranging opportunities for individual instruction from a select staff of design and technical theatre professionals.

The SM/DT students participate in the core classes of Acting and Voice & Movement in the mornings. They will also take special Stage Management and Design Process classes in the afternoons, and will learn about Text Analysis and Performance Theory through a design lens in those classes. We believe that to be an effective specialist, one must have a complete understanding of the entire art of theatre.

Each Stage Management/Design-Tech student will serve as a Stage Manager for one of the final productions in 5-Week Program. In the evenings, they work beside professional directors in rehearsals, giving them the opportunity to work jointly alongside their Performance concentration peers and contribute to the vision of the production.  SM/DT students eventually manage all aspects of the show during tech and performance week from backstage and/or the stage manager booth.  All experience levels are welcome and encouraged.

7-Week Program (5-Week Program + Musical Theatre Extension)

SM/DT students staying on for the final two weeks of the 7-Week Program will get to continue their studies within a Musical Theatre Context, and serve on the Stage Management team for a showcase at the end of the 2-week extension. SM/DT students will also have the opportunity to present a design project during the final week of the extension.

The format during the extension will be similar to that of the 5-Week program: SM/DT students will participate in the core classes of Dance, Acting the Song, and Musical Theatre History. They will have curriculum and programming specific to Stage Management and Design in the afternoons and evenings.

While SM/DT students will have the chance to share their performance work from core classes with peers and faculty during the Musical Theatre recital, they will also have the agency to opt out of any performance opportunity in the MT extension.

The most professional, high quality program I’ve ever done.”


I learned so many things about lights that I can apply to work back home.”

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