Western Michigan University's stage management concentration is a pre-professional program designed to provide you with a general overview of all aspects of theatre production as well as advanced coursework in stage management. The program will prepare you for an entry-level position in theatre or further education at the graduate level.
Focused training with faculty and master classes with nationally recognized professional guest artists maximize your opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art facilities. These include three theatres with advanced lighting systems, infrared and color monitor systems, high-tech cue light systems, and digital audio and projection systems. Design classes are held in the Design Studio with 24 CADD workstations for an individualized learning experience. You will also be encouraged to use the fully equipped stage management office when you are at the theatre.
As a stage management student at WMU, you will be required to stage manage, assistant stage manage and production assist on nine shows with progressively increasing responsibility. The intense production-oriented program provides one-on-one mentorship with the University's resident Actors' Equity Association stage manager.
You may also have opportunities to work alongside professionals on and off Broadway. Past stage management students have participated in observations of Actors' Equity Association stage managers calling "Jersey Boys," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Mamma Mia," "Cats" and "Rent" on Broadway. They have also spent a full production day with the Blue Man Group and attended student internships at several acclaimed theatres, including the Guthrie, Steppenwolf Theatre and the Royal Court in London.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in stage management are working as:
- Stage managers
- Company managers
- Production managers
They work for:
- Broadway productions
- Television shows
- Major regional theaters
- Touring productions