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B.F.A. in Multidisciplinary Stage Management

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NEW! Q&A with Faculty Member Chelsea Antrim
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Your Training

The B.F.A. in Multidisciplinary Stage Management places students at the heart of the school's robust performance environment, allowing them to train in a variety of disciplines and experience all aspects of performance creation. By studying and working on theater, opera and dance productions, as well as with music ensembles, students will build a diverse professional portfolio and be fully prepared to enter any performing arts discipline.

Q&A with Chelsea Antrim

(Stage Management—Opera, year 2)

Q: What is your favorite discipline to stage manage?
A: My favorite discipline to stage manage is opera because I think it is the perfect collaboration of all art forms with the large scale sets, detailed lighting, gorgeous costumes, full orchestra, dramatic and vocal talents plus the occasional dancers. I feel so lucky to be the communication hub for all of these artists to come together and tell a beautiful and elaborate story.

Q: What makes a great stage manager?
A: I think a great stage manager is someone who can listen well to understand the goals of the directors and designers and implement those goals in a calm but efficient manner. It takes a kind and patient person to handle those chaotic situations well but when you truly feel passionate about the job, those skills come easily.

Q: If you had to choose one word to describe your teaching style/philosophy, what would it be?
A: "Conversational"

Q: What is your favorite theater memory/experience?
A: My favorite theater experience was working at the Santa Fe Opera as a stage management intern in 2004 and getting added to Agrippina as an assistant stage manager at the last moment. It took 3 assistant stage managers to run the deck efficiently and effectively and we ran it smoothly and communicated well throughout the process. I had never experienced that true "team" feeling before then and it felt wonderful to succeed with such an impressive and talented group of people.

Application Requirements

Applicants of the B.F.A. in multidisciplinary stage management program are required to interview for admissions.

To schedule your interview, first submit an online application and follow the steps in the confirmation email.

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