​Drama (Theater Management)

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

As a theater management major, you’ll enjoy a balance of drama department classes, liberal arts, and other academic courses.

You’ll work with Syracuse Stage, where you will gain firsthand knowledge of a professional theater company’s operations. You’ll be prepared for careers in producing, marketing and public relations, casting, development, and general management.

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About VPALink

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College is divided into six 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; and the Department of Transmedia. 

Learn more about the drama program.

CoursesLink

Sample courses for drama majors inlcude:

  • Introduction to Stage Management
  • Fundamentals of Theater Design
  • Development of Theater and Drama
  • Theater Management I
  • Theater Lab

View official major requirements.

Practical ExperienceLink

Broaden your drama experience with classes in design, stage lighting, costume history, dramatic literature, and state management. You can also work behind the scenes as part of a running crew or assistant stage manager.

Community engagement is an important part of being in the drama department at SU. Work with young adults with special needs through the All Star C.A.S.T. (Community Actors and Students’ Theatre), designing the program for that term, guiding exercises, producing, and acting in a play with community participants. This allows you to explore careers in drama therapy and educational theater.

You’ll find a supportive network of VPA alumni who are always willing to help you achieve success, both at SU and after you graduate. Notable alumni include screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ’83, actor Frank Langella ’59, actor Taye Diggs ’93, and actress/singer Vanessa Williams ’86.

Study AbroadLink

As a theater management student, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester experiencing the theater world of London. Take classes and workshops at the Globe Theater and attend productions at the National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company. You may also qualify for an internship with one of London’s Fringe theaters, and opt for a second semester in London.

SU Abroad also offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life After Syracuse UniversityLink

As a graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts with a major in theater management, you can explore such careers as:

  • Producer
  • Casting director
  • Development professional
  • General manager
  • Marketing and public relations professional
  • Stage manager