WSU School of Performing Arts


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Advancement in a Theatre Career requires powerful tools!

The Undergraduate Certificate in Stage Management at Wichita State University is one of those tools. The program’s goal is to help you recognize and fulfill your role as a passionate artistic collaborator and an effective organizational manager in the production process. Through this program you develop a deep commitment to the artistic process and a fundamental desire to serve the work of the theatre in an environment where you can take artistic risks. As student Stage Managers you will utilize the full resources of WSU’s School of Performing Arts Production program to expand your professional managerial skills as well as deepen your artistic experiences.
Our student stage managers have frequently gone on to professional careers in the field. Much of the success these students have achieved is due to the unique experience they have in the SPA Production Program:
• They work with a variety of
professional directors and
• They have opportunities to
manage productions in
Classical Theatre, Musical
Theatre, Opera Theatre
and Dance Theatre.
• They are allowed significant
responsibility and autonomy
managing productions
in their charge.

The Class Progression:

Certificate Students participate in a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that consists of a balanced combination of courses. Classes provide a range of knowledge and experience in Management, Sociology and Theatre, as well as practical training essential to the Stage Management professional. They will be assigned to stage management positions on School productions that reflect increasing responsibilities throughout the 15 credit hour plan of study.

THEA 180C - Thea. Mgmt. Pract. 1 cr. hr.

THEA 272 - Stage Management - 3 cr.hrs.

SOC 350 - Social Interaction - 3 cr.hrs.
(may also be used in GenEd area – see advisor for details)

THEA 380C - Theatre Practicum - 1
Earned in conjunction with assignment as Assistant Stage Manager on Mainstage.

MGMT 360 - Principles of Mgmt - 3 cr.hrs
(course is through the Barton School Business-see advisor for details on enrolling)

THEA 375C - Directed Projects 1-3 cr.hrs. Earned in conjunction with assignment as Stage Manager on 2nd Stage.

THEA 675C - Directed Study - 1-3 cr.hrs. Earned in conjunction with assignment as Stage Manager on Main Stage.

Classes required by the Certificate Program are taken in combination with the student’s General Education and Major Studies Classes. The Certificate is open to all students of Wichita State University however, preference in selection of stage manager positions is given to School of Performing Arts majors.

At the end of the day, students who successfully complete the Certificate Program will enter the profession with a definite advantage over their counterparts. All Certificate students, wherever they choose to build a career, can rest assured that the work they complete in the Stage Management Certificate Program will put them at the head of the pack.