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Students learn the art of stage management in intimate, collaborative and ensemble-based classes while being consistently exposed to industry artists and best practices. Stage Management students gain vast experience with a range of projects from new play development to opera to classical works. Stage Management graduates are successfully working with companies locally, regionally, and nationally. The Stage Management Program at UH has 100% placement post-graduation.  

Students spend their first two years learning and honing foundational skills in technical production, stage management, design, graphic communication, play reading and analysis, and architectural and costume history. Their training includes both classroom work and hands-on experience on at least one show per semester. In their upperclassman years, students continue to develop skills in leadership, communication and problem solving. The coursework also introduces students to production management and other associated entertainment fields, such as opera, ballet, film and events management. Students act as a stage manager or assistant stage manager on one show per semester throughout their residency, and their training culminates in a professional internship with a local theatre. 

We train for the profession with the profession, in the 4th largest city in the country. Professional artists and guest lecturers work with our students, allowing them to network and gain practical experience. Our faculty and professional artists can give one-on-one mentoring and career consultation. Houston has a large arts community that gives our students access to internships, observer-ships, and over hire possibilities with organizations such as: Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Alley Theatre, Stages Repertory Company, and Local 51. In addition, the School of Theatre & Dance produces the Houston Shakespeare Festival, a summer festival, which performs to approximately 30,000 patrons, each season.

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The BFA in Stage Management at the University of Houston graduated its first class in 2013. In these short years, our students, both current and alumni, have accumulated an impressive list of companies: 

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AD Players (TX)   
American Shakespeare Center (VA)   
Annie Live, NBC  
Arkansas Shakespeare Festival   
Barter Theatre (VA)   
Catskill Shakespeare, (NY)   
Central City Opera (CO)   
Contemporary American Theatre Festival (WV)   
Dallas Theatre Center (TX)   
Dana H, Broadway 2021   
Disney World   
Dorset Theatre Company (VT)   
Ensemble Theatre (TX)   
Gilbert & Sullivan Society (TX)   
Glimmerglass Opera (NY)   
Hangmen, Broadway 2022   
Hope Summer Repertory (MI)   
Houston Ballet   
Houston Cinema Arts Society   
Houston Grand Opera   
Houston Shakespeare Festival   
Hudson Valley Shakespeare (NY)   
Illinois Shakespeare Festival   
Is this a Room, Broadway 2021   
Jagged Little Pill, 1st National Tour   
Juilliard (NY)   
Lake Dillon Theatre (CO)   
Main Street Theatre (TX)   
MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston   
McCarter Theatre (NJ)   
Merrimack Repertory (MA)   
Moulin Rouge, Broadway/ National Tour   
New York Stage & Film   
Northen Stage (VT)   
Oregon Shakespeare Festival   
Peterborough Players (NH)   
Piano Lesson, 2022 Broadway Revival   
Rec Room (TX)   
ROCO, Chamber Music Orchestra (TX)   
Royal Caribbean Cruises   
Sea World (TX)   
Shakespeare Walla Walla (WA)   
Stages Repertory Theatre (TX)   
Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)   
Studio Theatre (Washington DC)   
TedX Houston   
Tennessee Shakespeare   
The Alley Theatre (TX)   
The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta)   
The Catastrophic Theatre (TX)   
The Guthrie Theatre (MN)   
The Landing Theatre, TX   
The Polar Express (TX)   
The Possibility Project, NY   
The Princeton Festival (NJ)   
The Theatre at Monmouth (Maine)   
Theatre Under the Stars (TX)   
Totem Pole Playhouse (PA)   
Unity Theatre (TX)   
Virginia Shakespeare Festival   
Washington National Opera   
Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA)   
Wolf Trap Theatre (VA)