Stage Management

BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Stage Management

About the concentration

When you study stage management, you’ll sharpen the skills you need to deliver flawless performances on our stages and beyond.

As a first-year student, you’ll learn the language of design and production. You’ll study costuming, lighting, scenery and sound design. You’ll focus and hang lights, sew costumes, learn color theory, paint techniques and how to build a flat. You’ll learn scheduling and time management. As your knowledge deepens in the program, you’ll progressively add more complicated projects to your portfolio. While earning practicum credit, you’ll serve as an Assistant Stage Manager or Stage Manager, often first with an ECU Storybook Theatre production—a children’s title that tours. In your junior year, you’ll have the opportunity to work on your first mainstage show.

Ultimately, you’ll have the opportunity to work as an equal with faculty members, running production meetings and coordinating the needs of the director and the production staff.

As a professional preparatory program, ECU follows Actors Equity Association rules in terms of rehearsal protocols. You’ll be in charge of vital production paperwork. You’ll generate reports. More than just knowing every piece of the puzzle, you’ll make certain that the pieces come together to support the production. You’ll be responsible for cast and crew safety. You’ll follow up from rehearsal reports to deliver answers regarding notes from the director.

Before you graduate, you’ll earn six production credits on the mainstage, with ECU Storybook Theatre and on student projects.

You’ll be well prepared to begin a professional career in stage management.

Student experiences

When you’re not working on a mainstage production, you might stage manage a Fifth Street Players production, an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity award project or work with another student group.


How do I learn more about the program?

Contact Jeni Parker at or 252-328-1212.


Jeni Parker, stage management

Reid Parker, technical director/production manager

Jeffrey Woodruff, theatre management