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​Stage Management

Engage in a step-by-step process to master the techniques that are used throughout the world’s professional theater industry.

The individualized attention you receive focuses on a continuous appraisal of your skills, which you will build through active participation in theatrical productions throughout your college career, and under the tutelage of professionals at Syracuse Stage.

About VPA

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College 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.


Sample courses for stage management majors include:

  • Introduction to Design for the Theater
  • Practicum in Stage Lighting
  • Practicum in Theater Sound
  • Stage Management: Performance Techniques
  • Stage Management Rehearsal Techniques
  • Stage Management: Communication and Collaboration

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Immerse yourself in the Tepper Semester--a unique residency program in New York City that nurtures your creative, intellectual, and personal growth. Intensify your artistic training and deepen your understanding of the business side of stage management while living in New York’s Theater District and attending classes on Theatre Row.

There are many opportunities for community engagement in the drama department at Syracuse. 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.

Work with a distinguished group of industry professionals—many of whom are  Syracuse Drama alumni —who visit campus as guest artists each year. Recent guest artists include: Vanessa Williams ’85, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winning actor/singer; Nick Corley ’81, actor/director; Tony Walton, Emmy, Academy, and Tony Award-winning designer; and Joan Schirle, founding artistic director of the Dell’Arte Company.

Study Abroad

As a stage management major, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester immersed in the theater world of London, where you can participate in an exchange program with Rose Bruford College. You can also take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy.

Life After Syracuse University

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

  • Arts administrator
  • Creative director
  • Director
  • Event coordinator
  • Set designer
  • Stage manager
  • Industrial trade show manager