BFA Stage Management

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management is designed to prepare students for success in the professional theatre industry. By combining conservatory-style training with a strong liberal arts education, our students explore, develop, and hone their craft to become well-rounded artists with valuable skill sets that will prepare them for professional success. 

Plan of Study

Core Learning Goals

Our core learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.

  • Technique
  • Analysis
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration



Performance Learning

Beginning as assistant stage managers, students receive production assignments as early as their first semester and develop the skills necessary to move up to production stage managers.  Throughout their four years, BFA candidates are carefully mentored by our faculty and will work in a broad array of styles and venues offering a comprehensive understanding of professional stage management practices.   





Why Choose Millikin?

There are a number of things that help set Milllikin apart from other schools:

  • Small school environment
  • First-rate faculty
  • National reputation
  • Individualized attention
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Master classes with working professionals
  • Study abroad in our London Semester
  • Production experience from the first semester




Albert Taylor Light Board

Mainstage Season

Millikin’s mainstage season provides Stage Management students with many opportunities to practice their craft on a variety of fully realized productions in our three performance spaces. A typical season will include:

  • 2 musicals
  • 2 plays
  • 1 dance concert
  • In alternating seasons an opera co-produced with the School of Music or a 3rd play




Work in Multiple Spaces

The School of Theatre and Dance produces a wide variety of works including contemporary and classical plays, musicals, and original dance of varying styles. Our production season offers stage management students exposure to all of these genres and opportunities to call shows in our three vastly different performance spaces:

  • Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (a 90 seat black box)
  • Albert Taylor Theatre (a 270 seat modified proscenium/thrust space)
  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center (a 1900 seat road house).  


Albert Taylor Sound Board



The Millikin Difference

The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including:

  • Individualized attention
  • Studio classes capped at 16
  • Faculty/student mentorships
  • Shakespeare Corrected
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Stage Management, BFA Required Courses

The BFA in Theatre - Stage Management Concentration requires 124 credits to graduate, 79 of which must be in the major. In addition to completing the Theatre Core and University Studies requirements, students must also complete the following:

Support Courses (22 credits)

  • TH135. Elements and Principles of Design (3)
  • TH251. Drafting for Theatre (3)
  • TH324. Stage Management (3)
  • Additional Design and Production courses:
  • Lighting (3)
  • Costumes OR Scenery (3)
  • Sound – choose from: (3)
    • TH220. Sound for Theatre
    • MC104. Intro to Recording Studio
    • Dance technique/appreciation (1)
  • TH336. History of Theatre and Drama II (3)

Additional Requirements (35 credits)

  • TH101. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH201. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH301. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • MT111. Music Theory (2)
  • MT112. Music Theory (2)
  • CO101. Intro to Communication Theory (3)
  • CO341. Survey of Organizational Communication (3)
  • Dramatic Literature/Theory/Criticism (6 credits)
  • Theatre Electives (16 credits)

Stage Management Projects/Internships (7 credits)

  • TH115 and 215. Theatre Lab Mainstage (2):
    • Assistant Stage Manage two productions for one credit each
  • TH493, 494. Advanced Directing Projects (3):
    • Stage Manage first production for one credit
    • Stage Management Capstone production for two credits
  • TH470. Theatre Internship (2 semesters, 2 credits):
    • Two Stage Management internships at Kirkland Fine Arts Center or off-campus