Wayne State University

Master of Fine Arts - Stage Management

The Hilberry Stage Management program trains students for professional positions in higher education and the theatre. The stage manager's role requires a wide range of artistic, technical, managerial, and communication abilities. It demands a strong commitment to the process of theatre production and a desire to serve that process by fostering a creative work environment that is conducive to its ultimate success.


While here, the stage manager will undertake a minimum of six professional productions at the Hilberry, as well as the chance to mentor a production at the Bonstelle Theatre.

A balanced selection of courses and production assignments at the Hilberry Theatre prepare the student for a professional position immediately following graduation.

The following selection of courses is typical for stage managers:

  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Technical Production
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre History
  • Development of Drama
  • Dramaturgy/Advanced Script Analysis
  • Repertory Theatre (stage management practicum)

Additional courses are often offered include:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Labor Management
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Contracts and Grants