Department of Performing Arts

Stage & Production Management (BFA)

Megan Harris benefits from early hands-on experience

Stage and Production Management major Megan Harris talks about how well-connected the alumni network is in stage management — and how willing to help alumni are. (Filmed and edited by Emerson College students.)

Classroom learning and hands-on experience engage Stage and Production Management students at Emerson to discover and develop their skills in collaboration, process, and leadership within the art of theatre! Through this, the Stage and Production Management curriculum will thoroughly prepare you for a career as a stage or production manager.

Practical application of your coursework begins in your freshman year, through varied stage management and production supervision projects during the Emerson Stage season and with professional internships at Boston’s leading theaters. In addition to stage and production management, course topics will include design/technology, directing, arts management, and related areas.

Program Requirements

BFA Stage and Production Management 64
Electives 8
General Education Requirements 56

Department of Performing Arts Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st PA101 Languages of the Stage 4
1st TH142 Stagecraft Laboratories: Electrics 2
1st TH143 Stagecraft Laboratories: Props 2
1st TH149 Emerson Stage Production Crew 0
2nd TH215 World Drama in its Context I 4
2nd TH216 World Drama in its Context II 4
Department of PA Core total 20

BFA Stage & Production Management Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH121 Introduction to Acting I 4
1st TH144 Stagecraft Laboratories: Costume Construction 2
1st TH145 Stagecraft Laboratories: Scenic Construction 2
1st TH249 Emerson Stage Production Team 0
1st TH277 Stage Management I 4
2nd TH250 Design Essentials 4
2nd TH275 Arts Management I 4
Total BFA Stage and Production Management Core 20

BFA Stage & Production Management — Advanced

Year Number Course Credits
2nd TH377 Stage Management II 4
3rd TH477 Stage Management III 4
4th TH381 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing 4
3rd-4th Directed Study, Production Projects, Internship 8
Total BFA Stage & Production Management - Advanced 24

Performing Arts - Debra Acquavella Video
Stage and Production Manager-in-Residence Debra Acquavella has been a Production Stage Manager on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally for many years. Watch now »