Stage Management

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Stage Management?

Stage Management is a concentration within Theatre. This program helps theatre artists develop into professional stage managers. Students will gain the resources and experiences needed to meet the demands of any live performance genre. Learning takes place in a creative and dynamic production environment. In this program, you will develop communication, team management, and technical skills. You’ll also gain hands-on experience working as a stage manager and production coordinator in theatre, lyric theatre, and dance productions. You can apply directly into this concentration, although you must submit a portfolio before being accepted.

Career Options

  • Production management
  • Stage management

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898