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Stage Management

BA in Theatre with a concentration in design/technology: Stage Management Emphasis

A broad based theatre degree with three or more stage management courses. Ideal for the student who thinks they want to study stage management but has a strong interest in a wide variety of other aspects of theatre.

Individualized Major in Stage Management

A truly individualized degree for the student who is set on management as their career path. Incorporating theatre, music, management, health and labor, along with a liberal arts core, this degree is unique to the student and culminates in an internship at a major arts organization.

In addition to the core curriculum prescribed by the College of Arts and Sciences, IMP Stage Managers complete an additional 36-50 hours of study in stage management, health and safety, history of opera, theatre or dance, Psychology, Communication and Culture, and Management and Labor Studies. This is truly an individualized degree in which each student’s curriculum is unique to their needs and interests.

It is possible to double major with an IMP in Stage Management and a BA in Theatre with a concentration other than stage management.

Stage Management Course Descriptions

T229 Stage Management I (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: T100 and T125.
Explore the role and function of the stage manager in theatrical production. Provide the basic skills to begin work in the field of stage management. Emphasis on organization, documentation, and dissemination of information.

T329 Stage Management II (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: T229.
An examination of the organizational and logistical aspects of productions of musical events from the perspective of production and stage management. Examining case studies in musical theatre, ballet, modern dance, opera, and concerts, students gain insight into management strategies and develop critical thinking skills.

T428 Production and Events Management (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: T229 or consent of instructor.
Discussion of the skills necessary to produce and manage theatrical productions and the application of those skills to large events.


Additional topics courses offered in the past:

Economics of Scenery Rental:
A course in which the students learned the economics and logistics of scenery storage and rental while solving a real problem for Edmonton Opera. Where could the company relocate it’s scenery stock to maximize rental income. Students researched and presented options via PowerPoint presentation to the Board of Trustees of Edmonton Opera.

Managing Spectacle:
A course in which the managment issues and concerns of spectacle production was discussed and explored. Students then traveled to Las Vegas for three days to shadow and observe stage managers at Phantom: The Las Vegas Experience, Blue Man Group, La Reve, and the Cirque du Soleil productions of KA, Love, O, Mystere, and Zumanity.

What Are Our Current Students Doing?

Our stage management students are working and interning around the world. We have sent our stage managers to:

  • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
  • Opera Cleveland
  • Royal Opera House- Covent Garden
  • Opera Australia/ Sydney Opera House
  • BLAST! Remix
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • NY Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre
  • Utah Festival Opera
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Central City Opera
  • Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati, Ohio

Where Are Our Graduates Now?

The work doesn’t end at graduation, of course. Our graduates have gone on to positions at high profile theatres and tours. Grads have worked or are currently working at:

  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Blue Man Group, NYC
  • ACT
  • Manhattan Transfer
  • LA Opera
  • Actors Theatre of Lousville
  • Goodman Theatre
  • Asolo Theatre
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Utah Festival Opera
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • The Public Theatre
  • The Little Orchestra Society of New York City
  • LA Opera
  • VEE Corporation (My Little Pony Live!)
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Utah Symphony and Opera
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre
  • Indianapolis Opera
  • Networks Productions
  • Actors Cabaret, Eugene Oregon
  • Various Chicago and New York Theatres

Awards Our Students Have Received

IU Stage Management Students have won the following awards and honors:

  • USITT Outstanding Young Stage Manager Award Sponsored by Clear Com
  • 2008 Claire Diedrich
  • KC Mehl Award- Central Region (Stage Managers Association)
  • 2008 Claire Diedrich
  • 2007 Jennifer Harber
  • 2006 Katie Seibel
  • USITT Stage Management Mentoring Project Participants
  • 2008 Claire Diedrich
  • 2005 Taylor James
  • 2003 Sarah Bancroft
  • Hutton Honors College International Experiences Grant
  • 2007 Claire Diedrich
  • College of Arts and Sciences Deans Travel Grant
  • 2007 Claire Diedrich
  • IU Theatre Circle Award
  • 2008 Claire Diedrich
  • 2006 Katie Seibel

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