School of Theater

MFA Stage Management

Head of Stage Management: Jenny Slattery


The MFA Stage Management program trains qualified students for careers as stage managers in a variety of professional performance environments. With an emphasis on artistic collaboration and creative leadership, students are encouraged to develop individual management styles while working in close partnership with their colleagues in the MFA Producing and Production Management specialties. The CalArts emphasis on the development of new voices and new forms gives stage managers the opportunity to re-invent themselves and their approaches to production as they enter and transform the field.

The core curriculum includes seminars in specialized stage management skills, textual and performance analysis, production management, producing, score reading, directing, management theory, and design. Each semester, students work as stage managers and assistant stage managers for productions presented by both the School of Theater and the CalArts Center for New Performance. Additional opportunities are available for students to explore the fields of Film and Television Production, Themed Entertainment, and Integrated Media.

Program Goals

Students who complete the MFA Stage Management specialization will display:

  • Confidence as creative leaders who set a positive tone and energize the production process
  • The ability to work collaboratively and nourish creativity 
  • The skill to communicate ideas and challenges in a way that generates creative and practical solutions
  • Understanding of both the technical and artistic developments in the field
  • Mature and sophisticated interpersonal skills and a well-developed sense of self
  • Openness to new ideas and an appetite for knowledge


Every student is assigned a faculty mentor who is responsible for guiding the student through the artistic and academic programs. CalArts emphasizes the creation of strong student-to-faculty relationships, which enable students to draw from their instructors’ knowledge and creative spirit. Although students are initially assigned to a mentor, they have the freedom to change mentors at any point, and the student-mentor relationship continues throughout the student’s time at CalArts.

Apply to CalArts

For application requirements, please visit If you wish to speak to a counselor for useful information on assembling a portfolio for admission, more information about our program, or for general questions about the application process, please email, or call (661) 255-1050.

Last edited by cyang on Nov 22, 2016
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