Stage Management

Plan of Study

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 stage management positions for productions at David Geffen School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre. Stage managers are introduced to mentoring best practices, and they are regularly given opportunities to mentor classmates throughout their production assignments. The curricular and production components are structured to prepare the student for work in the commercial, regional, and nontraditional arenas. Many graduates combine their professional practice with formal educational positions such as lecturer and professor. The program of study is devoted to dismantling historic stage management practices that have upheld systems of oppression. Students are encouraged to integrate anti-racism into their daily practice and foster a culture of inclusion where change, flexibility, and adaptability are an ever-present part of the production process.

For course descriptions, electives, and additional information, please view the David Geffen School of Drama Bulletin.

Class of 2024

Year Two (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice
DRAM 21a - Founding Visions: Joan Channick
DRAM 60a - Professional Stage Management Practice in the Equity Agreement: James Mountcastle
DRAM 60b - Professional Stage Management in Performance: James Mountcastle
DRAM 80a - Stage Combat and Intimacy for Stage Managers: Kelsey Rainwater, Michael Rossmy
DRAM 124a - Introduction to Lighting Design: Alan C. Edwards
DRAM 141b - Law and the Arts: Joan Channick
DRAM 158a - Introduction to Sound Design: Justin Ellington
DRAM 200a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: Narda E. Alcorn, Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 600a - Theory-Guided Practice: Stage Management and Teaching: Narda E. Alcorn
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers

One required elective with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Year Three (2022-2023)

DRAM 80a - Stage Combat and Intimacy for Stage Managers: Kelsey Rainwater, Michael Rossmy
DRAM 189a - Costume Production
DRAM 300a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: Narda E. Alcorn, Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 400a - Stage Management for the Commercial Theater: Laura Brown-MacKinnon
DRAM 400b - Current Stage Management Practice: Diane DiVita
DRAM 500a/b - The Stage Manager’s Thesis: Narda E. Alcorn
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers
DRAM 800a/b - The Call: Yale Rep Stage Management Staff Seminar: James Mountcastle

Three required electives with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Year Four (2023-2024)

DRAM 300a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: yale_bio_modal bio_id="10429" /], Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 500a/b - The Stage Manager’s Thesis: Narda E. Alcorn
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers
DRAM 800a/b - The Call: Yale Rep Stage Management Staff Seminar: James Mountcastle

One required elective with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Class of 2023

Year Three (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice:
DRAM 80a - Stage Combat and Intimacy for Stage Managers: Kelsey Rainwater, Michael Rossmy
DRAM 141b - Law and the Arts: Joan Channick
DRAM 300a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: Narda E. Alcorn, Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 400a - Stage Management for the Commercial Theater: Laura Brown-MacKinnon
DRAM 400b - Current Stage Management Practice: Diane DiVita
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers
DRAM 800a/b - The Call: Yale Rep Stage Management Staff Seminar: James Mountcastle

Three required electives with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Year Four (2022-2023)

DRAM 300a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: Narda E. Alcorn, Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 500a/b - The Stage Manager’s Thesis: Narda E. Alcorn
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers
DRAM 800a/b - The Call: Yale Rep Stage Management Staff Seminar: James Mountcastle

One required elective with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Class of 2022

Year Four (2021-2022)

DRAM 3a/b - Toward Anti-Racist Theater Practice
DRAM 300a/b - Stage Management Seminar: Process and Practice: Narda E. Alcorn, Laura Brown-MacKinnon, Diane DiVita, James Mountcastle
DRAM 500a/b - The Stage Manager’s Thesis: Narda E. Alcorn
DRAM 700a/b - Stage Management Forum: The Artistic Process: Narda E. Alcorn; and other professional program lecturers
DRAM 800a/b - The Call: Yale Rep Stage Management Staff Seminar: James Mountcastle

One required elective with chair approval
Production assignments as assigned

Required Elective Sequence

All required electives must be approved by the chair. During the first year, electives are not suggested. During the second year, one elective is required and additional electives are optional. During the third year, three electives are required. All electives must have Chair approval. Electives may be from the suggested list of elective courses, other Yale professional schools, or Yale College.

One elective is required during the second and fourth years, and three electives are required during the third year from the suggested list of elective courses, other Yale professional schools, or Yale College. All required electives must be approved by the chair.

Suggested electives: DRAM 11a, Theater Organizations; DRAM 111a, Functions of Leadership: Organizational Direction; DRAM 115a, Costume Design: Background and Practice; DRAM 119b, Electricity; DRAM 121a, Human Resources: Supporting People and Building Culture; DRAM 158b, Recording Arts; DRAM 169a, Shop Technology; DRAM 169b, Stage Rigging Techniques: Part I; DRAM 199b, Professional Development for Technical Managers; DRAM 209a, Physics of Stage Machinery; DRAM 209b, Hydraulics and Pneumatics; DRAM 221b, Labor and Employee Relations; DRAM 224a, Introduction to Projection Design; DRAM 249a, Technical Management I; DRAM 249b, Technical Management II; DRAM 253a, Commedia.