Stage Management

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The CCM Stage Management program falls under the department of Theatre Design and Production (or TD&P) within the division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (or TAPAA). We offer a two- or three-year MFA program (90 credits) and a four-year BFA program (180 credits).

Within TD&P students will receive a broad education in the various areas of technical theatre including stagecraft, scenic, lighting, sound, costume and wig & make-up design. To enhance the artistic side of stage management, students are also encouraged to take introductory classes in directing, script analysis, arts administration and aesthetics. There are opportunities to stage manage (or assistant stage manage) four to six productions over the course of the degree program.

In addition to production assignments, students will also take classes in stage management. The first is the Assistant Stage Management course. This is a nuts and bolts class about being a stage manager and, more specifically, how to be an assistant stage manager, with a focus on paperwork and organization. The second course is called Tutorial. This is a more intensive course on the management aspect of stage managing. Only lead stage managers for the current semester are enrolled in this class. This allows for a forum-like set up which encourages the students to bring specific problems to the table for discussion with their fellow stage mangers. The final course is called Update. This class meets in two sessions, one for the mainstage shows and one for the studio shows performing that semester. Both SMs and ASMs come to this class to update their fellow stage managers on the progress of their show. Each production does an update every two weeks in a more formal oral report format. Students are encouraged to question the reporting team to develop a problem-solving dialogue.

In addition to formal theatre classes, stage managers are encouraged to take business management classes, psychology classes, stress management classes and any other relevant courses agreed upon by the student and the department in the form of free electives that will enhance their growth as a stage manager.

Unique to the stage management program at CCM is the opportunity to stage manage not only dramas and musicals but operas as well. In addition to this, CCM has a growing dance program which allows for still another genre for you to be a stage manager. TAPAA produces six mainstage productions (two musicals, two dramas and two operas) and approximately 15 studio or workshop productions per year. If you put in the work, you can walk away from CCM with an excellent resume that will give you a competitive edge over other stage managers starting out in the workforce.

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Wendy J Dorn

Instructor - Adj

513-556-5803

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Michele A. Kay

Associate Professor of Stage Management; Chair, Department of Theater Design and Production

513-556-9440

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Interview Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)
  • Theatre Design and Production questionnaire

Interview

Interview Requirements

  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.

Additional Information

  • Candidates should only apply to one major within Theatre Design and Production unless seriously considering two areas

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)

Interview

Interview Requirements

  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.
  • MFA Interviews should be scheduled directly through the appropriate faculty. Visit the Theatre Design and Production website for the faculty directory.

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