The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management is one of the oldest four year undergraduate degree programs in stage management in the country. Built on the principle of total immersion in the theatre, students who complete the program will have received training in virtually every area of the live theatre experience.
Hands on craft classes along with acting, directing, design, literature and history round out the student's experience and provide true breadth and depth in theatre training.
Headed by a professional stage manager, students are mentored directly into the production process.
What our graduates are doing:
- Managing Broadway shows
- Managing off-Broadway shows
- National tours
- International tours
- Working for major event companies (Radio City Music Hall, Cirque de Soleil, etc)
- Regional Theatre around the United States
"While I was working on a show called Malfi, Inc. (Off-Broadway), everyone said that they were not used to working with a stage manager who knew how to do the job so well. I couldn't have asked for a better training program than Penn State. Were it not for the School of Theatre's high expectations of its students and professional work environment, I never would have been prepared to jump right into work in New York." - Lauren Williams, '10 BFA Stage Management Graduate
Additionally, Penn State's commitment to general education remains one of the strongest in higher education. Students who graduate from Penn State will have had vigorous exposure to math, the sciences, social sciences, physical training, and literature as well as the arts and arts training.
For more information or questions you may have about the BFA in Stage Management program please contact the program head,TRAVIS DECASTRO.