About the Program

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 first 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

Requirement Credits
BFA Stage and Production Management 64
Electives 8
General Education Requirements 56
Total Credits 128

To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalog.

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
3rd-4th   Advanced Drama Studies 4

*BFA Stage and Production Management students take TH 142 Stagecraft Electrics and TH 143 Stagecraft Props to fulfill the Performing Arts Core requirement

BFA Stage & Production Management Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH144 Stagecraft Costume Construction 2
1st TH145 Stagecraft Scenic Construction 2
1st TH249 Theatre as a Collaborative Art 0
1st TH277 Stage Management I 4
2nd TH377 Stage Management II 4
2nd TH250 Design Essentials 4
2nd TH275 Arts Management I 4

BFA Stage & Production Management Advanced

Year Number Course Credits
3rd TH477 Stage Management III 4
4th TH487 Stage Management IV 4
4th TH376 Production Management 4
4th TH381 Directing I 4
3rd-4th   Directed Study, Production Projects, Internship 8

Emerson Stage Production Assignments, Internships, Directed Study (8 Credits)

Number Course Credits
PA371 Production Project  
PA372 Production Project  
PA471 Production Project  
PA472 Production Project  
PA498 Directed Study in Performing Arts 4
PA499 Internship 4