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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.


Theater Design and Production : Stage Management

What is Theater Design and Production : Stage Management?

The stage manager shall assume active responsibility for the form and discipline of rehearsal and performance, and be the executive instrument on the technical running of each performance. The stage manager shall work with the Director and the heads of all other departments, during rehearsal and after opening, schedule rehearsal and outside calls in accordance with standard professional practices. A stage manager is responsible for:

  • calling of all rehearsals,
  • assembling and maintaining the prompt book, cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc., as are necessary for the actual technical and artistic operation of the production  
  • maintains the artistic intentions of the Director and the Producer after opening, to the best of his/her ability
  • keeps records as are necessary to advise the Producer on matters of discipline, such as attendance.

(Summary from 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 impartial. 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

  • Theatrical Stage Manager
  • Theatrical Production Manager
  • Special Events Manager or Coordinator
  • Theatrical Company Manager
  • Industrial Stage Manager
  • Theatrical Assistant Director
  • Venue Manager


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The Stage Management program offers students both hands-on, practical stage management experience alongside classroom instruction and one-on-one mentorship with professional stage managers. Students stage manage a diverse offering of drama, opera, musical theater and dance, in any of three CCM venues, and are required to pursue external internship both during the summer and during the academic year. 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. Experiential learning and strong mentorship are the keys to our success.

Admission Requirements

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


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

Accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater) and member of U/RTA (University/Resident Theater Association).

Quick Facts

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater Design and Production : Stage Management

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years


Uptown Campus West


PO Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-9440
Michele Kay