The MFA stage management program at the University of Alabama is a production-oriented three year intensive that focuses on providing a diversity of management experience to candidates as well as ongoing mentorship and extensive teaching opportunities in an academic environment.
The primary focus of the program is hands-on experience. Each year, MFA stage management candidates work on two full productions (musicals, straight plays, and experimental work) in our 300-seat theatre. For this aspect of the program, candidates interact with faculty, staff, graduate students, and both faculty and guest directors. Additionally, candidates work with our dance program and the music department on various productions. Other opportunities to manage within UA are available at different points during the year.
Stage management MFA candidates mentor our undergraduate stage managers in two ways. Through directly supervising the undergraduate assistant stage managers and overseeing the undergraduates as they fulfill the role of stage manager on either our main stage or our 149– seat studio theatre. For their course work, candidates will take graduate classes in technical theatre and design in order to further their knowledge in all areas of production. Candidates must also take classes in arts management and through the communications department in order to complete their degree.
In addition to taking courses at UA, stage management MFA candidates will teach their own undergraduate theatre classes and assist in undergraduate stage management classes.
Admission to the program and assistantships are awarded based upon a portfolio review, interview and acceptance into The University of Alabama Graduate School. The program typically accepts one new MFA candidate a year.
For more information about the program and admission requirements, please contact Director of Stage Management, Annie G. Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.