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The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Theater Design and Production : Stage Management?

Stage managers assume active responsibility for the form and discipline of rehearsal and performance, and are the executive in charge of the technical running of each performance. Stage managers facilitate collaboration among the director and the heads of all production departments during rehearsal, tech, and performance. A stage manager is responsible for the calling of all rehearsals, assembling and maintaining the prompt book, along with cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc., as necessary for the technical and artisitc operation of the produciton. In addition, a stage manager maintains the artistic intentions of the director and the producer after opening, to the best of his/her ability and keeps records to advise the producer on matters of discipline, such as attendance.  (Summary based on the "Definition of the Duties of a Stage Manager" as provided by the Actors Equity Association, the professional union of performers and stage managers.)

To successfuly manage people, time, and things, stage managers must have a positive attitude, be adaptable, clear-headed, and prepared. Stage managers are excellent communicators, providing accurate, complete, and timely information to all who work on a production. They must have a clear understanding of all aspects of the production, script, designs, technical elements, music, etc. They are respectful of the people and the process; and above all stage managers are patient, mindful leaders.  

Career Possibilities

  1. Theatrical Stage Manager
  2. Theatrical Production Manager
  3. Special Events Manager or Coordinator
  4. Theatrical Company Manager
  5. Industrial / Corporate Stage Manager
  6. Theatrical Assistant Director
  7. Venue Manager
  8. Television Floor Manager



All advising and admissions decisions are made by Michele Kay, associate professor in stage management., 513-556-9440

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The stage management program at CCM offers students both hands-on, pracitcal stage management experience alongside classroom instruction and one-on-one mentorship with professional stage managers. The students manage a diverse offering of drama, opera, musical theater, dance, and events in any of three CCM venues.  Students are also encouraged to pursue external internships both during the summer and during the academic year with advisor's approval.  Although training is available in all areas of theater production, management and leadership are core to the philosophy of the stage management program. The overall training is both theater-specific and yet diverse enough to allow for a broad range of employment opportunities post graduation. The program boasts a very successful graduate placement, and continued contact with the alumni, including professional observations and returning alumni for guest lectures with the current student body.  

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the successful completion of all course requirements, a final review of the student's stage management portfolio and capstone will be conducted with the stage management advisor. and possibly a panel of theater design and production faculty.  


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The stage management program is also accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater) and U/RTA (University / Resident Theater Association).