2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Stage Management, BFA

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Don Buschmann, Program Coordinator
820 East Genesee Street


Dianna Angell, Don Buschmann, Stuart Plymesser


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management prepares the student for a career as a professional stage manager. Program requirements are a combination of classes and experiential learning. The department works hand in hand with Syracuse Stage to provide a learning environment that emulates the professional world of the stage manager. First-year stage management students participate behind the scenes as production assistants. From the second year on, the students participate as assistant stage managers and production stage managers for main stage and Theatre productions. Students will also serve as interns with Syracuse Stage productions allowing them the experience of working as production assistants on professional productions.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Leadership: Student creates a way for others to contribute to the production process; demonstrates a dedication to the project and an acceptance of responsibility

2. Communication: Student accurately relates all notes and concerns to all involved in a timely manner

3. Artistry: Student adapts stage management techniques and approach to the genre, style, concept and situation

4. Decision Making: Student accepts responsibility for position appropriate decisions, demonstrates good judgement and encourages collaboration

5. Organization: Student effectively and efficiently utilizes information and people for all work-related activities

6. Professional Standards: Student will demonstrate the ability to participate in collaborative artistic endeavors to a professional standard

Program Requirements

Theatre Laboratory: 0 credits

Drama Electives: 8 credits

Drama electives (also known as drama support) are courses that are not required specifically for the student’s program of study, but which are meant to enhance their understanding of their major field or their overall undergraduate experience.

Academic Electives: 23 credits

Academic electives are courses that involve critical thinking and theoretical understanding as opposed to practical application, mostly in the Liberal Arts. These academic courses usually have non-art-related content, such as math, natural sciences, astronomy, global history, political science, psychology, entrepreneurship, and languages, among others. You can find a comprehensive list of approved academic electives here. A maximum of 9 credits out of 23 can be from the department of drama.


Students may only have a combined total of 12 credits from Independent Study or Experience Credit

Total Credits Required: 124

Degree Awarded: BFA in Stage Management

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