Stage managers work on every phase of a production process, from prep to closing night. From the projection/lighting/moving turntable sequence at the last live production you saw, to the latest virtual production you took in from your home, there's a stage manager watching every monitor and making sure everyone's camera turns on at exactly the right moment - and says the words to make it all happen. The program at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts trains the next generation of Theatre and live events leaders by blending classroom training with practical production work. 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. Through study abroad programs, stage management students can build a rich global experience.
They know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.
They facilitate communication between directors, choreographers, writers, designers, actors, staff, and other collaborators.
They run rehearsals and attend meetings, and coordinate all production elements.
They call the cues of the show for technical rehearsals, previews, and performances.
What to Expect
The trajectory of courses begins by building a foundation in the technical skills of stage management, including:
- Preparing for and running a rehearsal successfully
- Creating paperwork
- Calling a show
- Taping out a set in a rehearsal room
- Running a tech rehearsal
Students begin working on productions as assistants as early as their first semester in school and engage with industry professionals immediately.
In the second year, students explore the inter/intrapersonal aspects of a stage manager's work and focus on the relationships forged in a theatrical process.
In the third and fourth years, students synthesize coursework, production assignments, and professional experience. Throughout their time at Webster, they steadily build their own network and add tools to their literal and metaphorical kits, uniquely equipping the student to take on any professional endeavor.
Evangeline Rose Whitlock
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