The Bachelor of Fine Arts track in Stage Management is offered for students who, upon graduation, plan to pursue a specialized career as a Manager in the entertainment industry including Broadway, Regional Theatre, Touring, Special Events, etc. It provides the student with a thorough foundation in theatre complemented by very structured and intensive career preparation in both the art and the craft of theatrical stage management. Students spend the first year of the curriculum working within the structure of the laboratory classes to gain a thorough understanding of the structure, process, and craft skills. Within the first four semesters, those who qualify receive an assignment on a Stage Management team. The student Stage Managers work with the Faculty Directors to manage the rehearsal through performance process of all Department Productions. Stage Managers also have opportunities to work directly with our partner theatres within Orlando (ex. The Orlando Repertory Theatre) as part of the curriculum thus giving each student practical experience as they build their professional portfolios.The curriculum requires students to become proficient in design, technology, and theatre management through specified coursework. In their advanced course work, student Stage Managers receive a thorough introduction to the collective bargaining agreements within Actor’s Equity Association. The program culminates with a professional internship where students are able to apply their education in a real world work environment. While most students choose to enter the workforce following graduation, the BFA is an excellent degree for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in all areas of theatre. Work within the BFA program requires energy and dedication; therefore, other part-time study or outside employment is very challenging. BFA standards are high, both for admission and for continuation in the program. Production assignments are regulated to serve the artistic growth of students thus coordinating production experience with class room exploration.
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