Stage managers work on every phase of a production process, from pre-production planning to set breakdown after closing night. The program at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts trains the next generation of theatre and live events leaders by blending classroom training with practical production work. Students will learn about projection, lighting and moving turntable sequence from industry professionals and how to call the cues of the show for technical rehearsals, previews, and performances
Develop Your Portfolio
Students receive instruction and one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals with a vast range of experience, including Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, dance, corporate events, and opera. Students also have the opportunity to intern and assist on productions with professional companies in St. Louis and across the country.
Year One: Build Foundation
The trajectory of courses begins by building a foundation in the technical skills of stage management; students can begin working as production assistants their first semester.
Year Two: Forge Relationships
In the second year, students explore the inter- and intrapersonal aspects of a stage manager's work and focus on the relationships forged in a theatrical process.
Years Three and Four: Increase Experience
In the third and fourth years, students synthesize coursework, production assignments and professional experience.
The trajectory of courses begins by building a foundation in the technical skills of stage management. These include:
- Preparing for and running a rehearsal successfully.
- Creating paperwork.
- Calling a show.
- Taping out a set in a rehearsal room.
- Running a tech rehearsal.
Throughout their time at Webster, students steadily build their own network and add tools to their literal and metaphorical kits, uniquely equipping the student to take on any professional endeavor.
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Contact: Evangeline Rose Whitlock, Head of Stage Management
“With the skills I have gained from my professors, classmates and experiences at Webster and beyond, I am equipped to walk into any rehearsal room and ensure that the cast and creative team feel supported throughout the process.”
BFA in Stage Management, ‘22
BFA in Stage Management
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“The entire body, mind and soul must be engaged in the manager's work. The end product will hold little to no meaning if the process of getting there hasn't deepened the sense and value of community and artists working together.”
Assistant Professor, Stage ManagementEmail Professor Whitlock
Alumni Success and Job Outlook
- Jobs for producers and directors are predicted to increase 24% through 2023. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for producers and directors was $79,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
- Jobs for art directors are predicted to increase 11% through 2023. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for producers and directors was $100,890 (U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics).
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