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Stage Management B.F.A.

In our step-by-step program, you’ll learn and apply a method of stage managing that is used in every major professional theater company in both the United States and abroad.
The crew of Dance Nation on the stage
The crew of Dance Nation on stage.

About this Program

  • Combine classroom and experiential learning.
  • Learn and receive individual attention from the professionals at Syracuse Stage, a professional theater company that shares a theater complex with the department.
  • Participate behind the scenes as a production assistant in your first year.
  • Work after your first year as an assistant stage manager or production stage manager for department main stage productions and intern with Syracuse Stage.
  • Experience immersive learning opportunities in New York City, Los Angeles and London (in partnership with Rose Bruford College).
  • Collaborate with community members with disabilities to co-create theater in an inclusive environment through our All Star C.A.S.T. (Community Actors and Students’ Theater) workshops.
  • Benefit from a strong, supportive alumni network.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse University, VPA supports the creative process and professional development of its students. VPA is divided into seven areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; the Department of Film and Media Arts; and the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.
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Drama requirements: 42 credits

Stage management requirements: 44 credits

Theater laboratory: 0 credits

Drama electives: 8 credits

Academic requirements: 6 credits

Academic electives: 23 credits

Total Credits Required: 124

Extracurricular Opportunities

Study abroad opportunity

London Semester

Stage management majors can participate in Syracuse Abroad’s World Partner program with Rose Bruford College in London. The campus provides excellent facilities that include stage management and production teaching studios.

Immersion opportunity

Tepper Semester

The Tepper Semester is a rigorous artistic training program that allows you to live and study in the heart of the New York professional theater scene. You will take classes at Syracuse University’s Fisher Center and attend up to 30 productions on and off Broadway that expose you to numerous genres of theater. You’ll learn about the artistic process from the prominent faculty as well as other industry professionals who attend your classes on a weekly basis for workshops and discussion. You will also intern with a management professional in New York City.

Immersion opportunity

VPA LA Semester

The VPA LA Semester is an immersive professional development program that provides you with the opportunity to work as an intern in Los Angeles while taking academic courses taught by LA professionals with expertise in their given disciplines. The program is designed to broaden your understanding of career opportunities and gain skills to network and succeed in your career.

Immersion opportunity

Sorkin Week

Supported by drama alumnus and Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer and producer Aaron Sorkin ’83, H’12, the Sorkin in LA Learning Practicum (also known as Sorkin Week) provides you with a week-long, “hit-the-studios-running” immersion in Los Angeles, the heart of America’s film and television industries. Students selected for the practicum meet and learn from alumni and industry insiders for seminars, workshops and more.

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