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
“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
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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.
16th in the Midwest
Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.
Details of Webster's Stage Management program
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.
- CONS 1010, CONS 1020, CONS 2010, CONS 2020, CONS 3010, CONS 3020, CONS 4010, CONS 4020 (the Conservatory sequence or its equivalent) (72 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 Notational Literacy or MUSC 1080 Class Piano I or MUSC 1010 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (2-4 hours)
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)
Global Citizenship Program for Theatre BFAs
- GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone Seminar
- 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (THEA 2030, THEA 2040, THEA 2050 or MUTH 1030 can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously)
- 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’ or ‘Global Understanding’
- 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’ (SCIN 1410 can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously)
- KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar
NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements are fulfilled through Conservatory instruction. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.
“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
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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