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B.F.A. in Multidisciplinary Stage Management

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Your Training
Curriculum Overview
Your Teachers
Q&A with Faculty Member Chelsea Antrim Dennis
Application Requirements


Your Training

Based in the heart of one of the country's most culturally vibrant cities, The Boston Conservatory offers an exceptional education for those interested in multidisciplinary stage management: theater, opera, dance and music management. The program is designed to provide students with a wide range of knowledge, with classes that cover everything from calling a show to navigating arts administration and conducting business negotiations. Classes, however, are only part of the Conservatory's unique stage management training—students will also meet and learn from professionals in the field, work on the Conservatory's many mainstage productions, work on touring shows and intern at professional arts organizations, providing students with an impressive portfolio and invaluable connections as they begin their professional careers. 

Your Teachers

  • Abbie H. KatzProgram Director
  • Taylor Adamik, Stage Manager, American Repertory Theatre
  • Jeff Adelberg, Freelance Lighting Designer, New York and Boston
  • Patsy Bandes CollinsProduction Stage Manager, The Boston Conservatory
  • Ryland BennettConcert Manager, The Boston Conservatory
  • James Bernhardt, Production Manager, Suffolk University
  • Chelsea Antrim Dennis, Production Stage Manager, Santa Fe and Boston Lyric Operas
  • Sheri FernandezReading Scores
  • Larry Geddes, Office of Admissions, The Juilliard School
  • Lisa Guild, Freelance Props Manager, Boston
  • Jason Kaiser, Freelance Production Stage Manager, New York
  • John KuntzActing
  • Craig Margolis, Production Stage Manager, Boston Ballet
  • Amanda OttenStage Manager, The Boston Conservatory
  • Justin Paice, Master Electrician, Oberon
  • Paula Ries, Costume Shop Manager, Northeastern University
  • Anthony Schiavo, Freelance Stage Manager, New York and Boston
  • Alyssa Schmidt, Dramatic Literature
  • Darby SmothermanSound Designer and Engineer, The Boston Conservatory
  • Adele Traub, Freelance Production Stage Manager, Boston
  • Tareena Wimbish, Freelance Production Stage Manager, Boston 

View all Theater Division faculty members here.

Q&A with Faculty Member Chelsea Antrim Dennis

(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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