The Stage Management BFA program prepares students for professional careers in stage and production management. Students develop an artistic sensibility, a strong working knowledge of technical production, and effective organizational and management skills to orchestrate the smooth execution of a production.
The program is of a size that allows for students to work on multiple Departmental productions each year and discuss options for professional opportunities outside of the department. Within the Department, stage management teams are designed to allow for peer mentorship between students and encourages collaboration on new stage management techniques. While attending the University, past students have also worked locally with Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Opera and Symphony, Ballet West, Plan-B Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and The Grand Theatre. Students can elect to earn points toward membership in the Actor’s Equity Association through various job and internship opportunities.
Stage Management students complete 5 stage management courses in addition to fundamentals in each of the design disciplines, acting, and directing. Regular one-on-one mentorship with working theatre professionals, as well as directed electives in management, advanced theatrical techniques, and a variety of classes within the larger Fine Arts College, help to tailor the student’s experience toward their professional stage management goals. As a research university, grants are regularly made available to students so that they can further pursue specific projects within their areas of interest. Topics currently being explored include app development, robotics and other new technological developments in theatrical fields. The program hosts many guest lecturers, workshops, and professional shadowing opportunities for stage management students.
In addition to networking opportunities within Salt Lake City, students meet with professionals working for companies like Cirque du Soleil, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Phantom of the Opera National Tour, and Washington National Opera. Students have the opportunity to travel out of state as well, to shadow productions or participate in the USITT national convention.
The University of Utah Department of Theatre is the only program in the state to offer a B.F.A. in Stage Management.