Certificate Program in Stage Management


Over the last several years, the UR International Theatre Program has had particular success in its training of stage managers. Students stage managing in the Program have frequently gone on to professional careers in the field. A large measure of the success these students have achieved is due to the unique experience they have in the UR’s Theatre Program: they work with a changing roster of professional directors and designers, and they have significant responsibility and autonomy running productions of which they are in charge. The Certificate in Stage Management capitalizes on these opportunities. It allows student stage managers both to follow a distinct progressive series of courses, and also to gain experience outside of the production process, leading them to be both better informed and more experienced in the multiplicity of elements that make up the theatrical event.

A Certificate Program in Stage Management is designed for students serious about pursuing a career path or an interest in stage managing for the theatre. Students should be prepared to demonstrate exceptional stage management skills and assume significant responsibilities in completing the program.

Requirements & Program Components


English 290 or 291: Plays in Production
English 170 or 171: Technical Theatre

The Certificate in Stage Management requires completion of EIGHT classes from the five sections listed below:

Section 1: Developing technical knowledge and understanding

Students must take ONE of the following:

ENG 172 or 173: Intro to Stage Lighting and Sound
ENG 270 or 271: Advanced Technical Theatre

Section 2: Developing in-depth academic understanding of texts/genres, or valuable other skills (for example, the ability to read music—crucial to stage managing opera or musical theatre)

Students must take TWO courses in dramatic literature or related subjects (one of which may be MUR 101). Courses may include:

MUR 101: Elements of Music
ENG 111: Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 112: Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds
ENG 210: Shakespeare
ENG 244: Genealogy of Tragedy

The classes listed above are recommended options.  Other classes may be considered suitable for inclusion in this section depending on an individual student’s needs.  Such substitutions should be made in consultation with an academic advisor.

Section 3: Developing an understanding of the artistic and creative processes

Students must take at least ONE of the following (or TWO in the case that one of the courses chosen is a 2-credit course*):

ENG 174 or 175: Acting Techniques
ENG 178* or 179*: Design for the Stage
ENG 180: Directing

Section 4: Developing practical stage management skills on an introductory and advanced level

a. Students must work as an ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER on at least TWO Theatre Program productions


b. Students must work as an PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER on at least TWO Theatre Program productions
ENG 296 and/or 297:Stage Management

ENG 292, 293, 294 and/or4 295: Plays in Performance

Section 5: Moving into/experiencing the professional world

We strongly encourage students to extend their training with summer internships. The Theatre Program will assist in setting up these internships for qualified students.

Students should plan on doing at least ONE outside or summer stage management internship during their undergraduate studies.

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For further information, contact the Artistic Director of the Theatre Program.

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