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Lead All Aspects of a Production to a Successful Conclusion

Stage managers are skilled leaders who knows what to say, when to say it and how to say it. They work on every phase of a production from planning to set breakdown, facilitating communication among directors, choreographers, writers, designers, actors, staff and other collaborators. As theatre-makers continue to blaze new trails in virtual performance and work toward diverse, equitable and accessible rehearsal and performance spaces, the need for well-trained stage managers is more important than ever.

Webster University’s Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts trains the next generation of leaders to meet this demand with our BFA in Stage Management. Our comprehensive degree blends classroom training with real-world production experience, equipping you with the sought-after expertise and confidence to thrive in this demanding yet rewarding field.

As a Stage Management major, you’ll gain hands-on experience by participating in Webster’s numerous productions. You’ll work alongside industry professionals and seasoned stage managers, mastering the intricacies of projection, lighting and moving turntable sequences. You'll also develop the skills to effectively call cues for technical rehearsals, previews and performances.

With your stage management degree from Webster University’ you'll cultivate a strong professional network and hone your skill set, uniquely positioning you for a successful career in stage management.


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American Idiot

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A Bright Room Called Day

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Rain and Zoe Save the World

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Myths & Hymns


Choose Webster for Your Stage Management Degree

Be Part of a Strong and Collaborative Theatre Community

Our Stage Management degree program fosters a close-knit community of students and faculty, where you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals and seasoned stage managers. You'll learn from their expertise and gain firsthand experience working on a variety of productions to prepare you for jobs in stage management.

Additionally, St. Louis offers a vibrant theatre scene with several renowned professional institutions, including the Muny, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, allowing you to further immerse yourself in the world of theatre.

Build Real-World Skills for a Career in Stage Management

Your stage management courses begin 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.

As you progress in the program, you’ll learn more about what it takes to become a stage manager, including the relationships forged in the theatrical process.

Benefit from Personal Mentorship and Internships

You’ll 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to intern and assist on productions with professional companies in St. Louis and beyond, providing you with invaluable, real-world experience on your path to becoming a stage manager.

Delaney Dunster
Student Success

“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.”

Delaney Dunster
Delaney Dunster

BFA in Stage Management, ‘22

Evangeline Rose Whitlock
Program Vision

“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.”

Evangeline Rose Whitlock
Evangeline Rose Whitlock

Assistant Professor, Stage Management

Email Professor Whitlock

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