Stage Management (BFA)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Conservatory of Theatre Arts

Program Description

It is our mission to train our future colleagues to become visionaries, creators and leaders in the next generation of American professional theatre.

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Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate an effective stage management process that integrates

  • A strong ability to communicate with others well
  • An inherent ability to learn and make decisions
  • Creative thinking in problem solving
  • An understanding of the needs of performers and directors
  • A comprehensive approach to analyzing the needs of a play
  • Strong research skills
  • An understanding of theatre history and visual styles
  • An understanding of design presentation and development
  • The ability to establish and oversee an effective rehearsal process
  • The creation of a coherent prompt book
  • The ability to organize a production process
  • The ability to successfully call a production

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Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade of D do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.


Auditions/interviews are required for all students planning major in theatre at Webster University. Auditions/interviews are held each year during the spring semester for entrance into the following fall session. Both on-campus and off-campus audition sites are available to prospective theatre students. No video auditions are accepted.

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Degree Requirements

  • 87 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours
  • 29 elective credit hours

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Required Courses

  • CONS 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, 3010, 3020, 4010, 4020 (The Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 hours)
  • GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (4 hours)
  • THEA 2030 History of Theatre: Greeks to Elizabethan (3 hours)
  • THEA 2040 History of Theatre: Restoration to 1915 (3 hours)
  • THEA 2050 History of Theatre: 1915 to Present (3 hours)
  • MUSC 1000 Fundamentals of Musicianship or piano proficiency (2 hours)

Recommended Electives

Recommended electives are to be accomplished by the end of the third year. The purpose is to provide the necessary opportunities to explore the variety of disciplines of study that naturally complement the student's theatre training. These areas are:

  • Art or music history (3 hours)
  • Drama literature (3 hours)
  • Social sciences, behavioral sciences, philosophy or religion (3 hours)

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