Stage Management

Department Information

Stage managers are leaders, creative collaborators, and primary strategists of the theatrical process. They translate, integrate, interpret, and negotiate multiple visions into a cohesive whole, in service of a live performative piece. Throughout each phase of a production process, stage managers serve as artistic partners to every member of a collaborative team and possess a deep understanding of all theatrical disciplines.

Rebekah Heusel ('17) and Paula Clarkson ('17). Yale School of Drama. Photo by Mary Hunter, 2016.

The Stage Management curriculum aims to provide practical and theoretical knowledge of stage management and each of the other theatrical disciplines. The Stage Management curriculum embraces the dynamic intersection of theory and practice, and recognizes that theory can be an essential guide to how stage managers fulfill their jobs and cultivate style.

The rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum consists of required courses and electives that provide a wide range of knowledge and training essential for today’s professional. In addition to the classroom requirements, students are assigned to stage management positions for Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre productions. The program of study is structured to prepare the student for work in the commercial, regional, and nontraditional arenas, and significant emphasis is devoted to adaptability, flexibility, and recognizing change as an ever-present part of the production process.

Yale Repertory Theatre is especially potent because it serves as an advanced training center for the department. During the first year, the student may have the opportunity to work at Yale Rep in a production capacity. As part of the second year of study, the student may be assigned as an assistant stage manager on a production. In the final year, provided the standards and qualifications set forth by the department are met, the student may be assigned as the stage manager for a Yale Rep production. This assignment fulfills requirements related to the student’s thesis and provides an opportunity to attain membership in Actors’ Equity Association, the union for actors and stage managers. Extracurricular participation in the Yale Cabaret is also encouraged, subject to prior approval by the department chair.