Stage managers are the master collaborators and communicators. Their real talents lie in nurturing the creative process, coordinating diverse artistic personalities and maintaining positive energy. Organized, responsible, tactful, adaptable, and graceful under pressure, they are the backbone of any production. Stage managers, considered "jacks of all trades," are understanding and sensitive to the processes of their fellow collaborators.

Well-Rounded Curriculum

The curriculum in stage management reinforces the importance of a broad base of knowledge by requiring studios in directing, technical direction, scenery, costumes, and/or lighting. Other aspects of management are also covered, including production management, company management, and front-of-house administration.

Management Experience

Emphasis is also placed on management within the larger entertainment industry through a liaison with the UNLV's internationally recognized School of Hotel Administration. Opportunities for stage management exist in all theater venues as well as dance and music.


In addition to Graduate College admission requirements and departmental admission requirements, applicants to the MFA program in stage management should submit to the department several pages from a sample prompt script including forms, reports, or breakdowns (cannot be returned). An interview with stage management faculty will be scheduled after application materials have been received.

Please contact Shannon Sumpter (Head of Stage Management) at for interest or questions about interviews and/or applying.