Minor in Stage Management

The minor in stage management puts the student at the intersection of the artistic, the technical, and the managerial. Skills and understanding in all three areas make stage managers essential to every kind of performance, both live and recorded, of music, theater, dance, performance art, or opera. As the liason between artists, directors, designers, technicians, and producers, stage managers are a critical link in the successful operation of any production.

The minor in stage management will address the principles of stage management, running and calling a show, lighting techniques, production management, and ways of approaching negotiation. Students will learn from professionals in all areas of performance. The minor also includes an internship through which students will be able to capitalize on their contacts and make further contacts to stengthen their careers. Contacts and internships should help to lead to a full range of professional options upon graduation.

Entrance Requirements

Any student enrolled at Berklee may opt to pursue the stage management minor. Interested students are encouraged to contact the program director for multidisciplinary stage management, Sara Stackhouse, for further information.  

What the Program Gives You
Upon completion of the minor in stage management, students will:
  • fully understand the process of production, from prerehearsals to closing;
  • be able to critically evaluate the variety of situations that occur throughout the production process;
  • evaluate goals, strategize, and prioritize;
  • have the ability to communicate effectively with others in different positions and departments;
  • contribute to the artistic value of projects; and
  • have the adaptability, confidence, and discipline necessary to contibute and thrive in any of multiple performing arts disciplines.
Required Courses

Six courses required for the minor (13 credits):

  • SMGT-111: Introduction to Stage Management (3 credits)
  • SMGT-151: Calling the Show (2 credits)
  • SMGT-152: Lighting Seminar (2 credits) or SMGT-252: Lighting Seminar 2
  • SMGT-211: Theater Production Management (2 credits)
  • SMGT-221: Negotiation for Stage Management (2 credits)
  • SMGT-311: Stage Management Production Practicum (2 credits)