The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management degree offers the training to become a well-rounded stage manager in both performance and business theatre through an offering of theatrical experiences of a professional caliber.
- Develop leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.
- Develop an understanding of theatrical design, drawing, and drafting.
- Develop an understanding of industry standard stage management paperwork.
Gain experience managing the design and production process in MainStage productions.
- Learn about the variety of unions that reside within the entertainment industry.
- Gain knowledge around issues of physical and emotional safety for performers and technicians alike.
- Learn how to properly and safely manage staged movement that involves combat or intimate moments.
- Simulate calling cues in the comfort of the classroom, using our calling station, existing prompt books, and production videos.
Opportunities to manage MainStage productions, as well as student, dance and opera productions.
Business Theatre Experiential Learning Opportunities
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre has a robust partnership with Williamston Theatre, a local professional Equity theatre. BFA in Stage Management students working with Williamston Theatre may choose to join the Actor’s Equity Association Equity Membership Candidacy Program.
The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees are described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Theatre major is met by completing THR 492.
College of Arts & Letters Requirements
- At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.
- 3 credits of experiential learning (can be fulfilled by theatre practicums)
- A student enrolled in the BFA in Theatre may earn a maximum of 70 credits in THR and DAN courses.
Complete 60 credits from the following courses:
A minimum grade point of 2.00 in each course is required (27 credits)
- THR 101 – Acting I
- THR 110 – Theatrical Play Analysis
- THR 111 – Introduction to Technical Theatre
- THR 111L – Introduction to Technical Theatre Laboratory
- THR 292 – Sophomore Seminar
- THR 300A – Theatre Practicum – Production Emphasis
- THR 300C – Theatre Practicum – Area Emphasis
- THR 331 – Studies in Contemporary Theatre
- THR 341 – Beginning Play Directing
- THR 431 – Studies in Theatre History
- THR 492 – Senior Seminar (W)*
*The completion of Theatre 492 satisfies the department’s capstone course requirement.
- ACM 271 – Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management
- ACM 461 – Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management
- ACM 463 – Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture
- THR 201 – Acting II
- THR 204 – Topics in Acting/Directing I
- THR 304 – Topics in Acting/Directing II
- THR 361 – Topics in Lighting Technology
- THR 362 – Topics in Costume Technology
- THR 364 – Topics in Scenery Technology
- THR 369 – Topics in Digital Technology
- THR 404 – Topics in Acting/Directing III
- THR 411 – Stage Lighting Design
- THR 412 – Stage Costume Design
- THR 413 – Stage Make-up
- THR 414 – Stage Scene Design
- THR 416 – Stage Sound Design
- THR 419 – Projection Design for Live Performance
- THR 416 – Stage Sound Design
- THR 441 – Advanced Play Directing
- THR 493 – Internship in Theatre