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Why Study Stage Management at the University of Houston?

We train for the profession with the profession, in the 4th largest city in the country. Our students learn in intimate, collaborative, ensemble based classes. Professional artists and guest lecturers work with our students, allowing them to network and gain practical experience. Our faculty and professional artists are able to give one-on-one mentoring and career consultation. Houston has a large arts community that gives our students access to internships, observerships, and overhire 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.

Chandler Harvey

"I have never felt more at home then while I have been in the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance Stage Management Department. I have grown not just as a student and a stage manager, but as a person in society. I would not have the amazing opportunities and practice that I have had without Rachel Bush and the amazing faculty and staff of SOTD. I have received an amazing well-rounded education and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! "

-Chandler Harvey, Class of 2018

"Rachel Bush was an extraordinary stage manager to work with; as a mentor, a professor, the designer of a stage management degree program, she is, to my mind, as good as they come.  I’ve worked with a lot of her students and, without fail, remarked on their superb work ethic and their knowledge of how valuable, efficient and effective a stage manager can be to a director and company."

-Mark Medoff, Tony Award Winner and Oscar Nominated Playwright, Children of a Lesser God

“I am so grateful for the guidance and support I've had through college, and beyond. My focus was stage management, but I also got to dive into a lot of tech and design work. I think the size of the program plays a large part. You receive a lot of one-on-one mentorship that it's truly invaluable. I wouldn't trade my education for anything.”

-Ciara Ayala, 2013 Alumnus (currently at The Possibility Project, formerly Juilliard, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, & Peterborough Players)

“I was delighted to find UH's SOTD to be a gold-mine for training in as close to professional circumstances as possible. Rachel's stage management program prepares you for the real world from the first day of freshman year, to long after you've graduated, and is supportive professionally as well as the greatest help transitioning you into adulthood, which is a rare find in collegiate atmospheres. Meeting students from other programs opened my eyes to the plethora of resources and opportunities I have received at UH, and made me incredibly grateful.”

-Shelby Connolly, Class of 2017

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:

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Virginia Shakespeare Festival
Arkansas Shakespeare Festival
Houston Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Walla Walla (WA)
Central City Opera (CO)
Houston Grand Opera
Houston Ballet
The Alley Theatre (TX)
Stages Repertory Theatre (TX)
Unity Theatre (TX)

Ensemble Theatre (TX)
Peterborough Players (NH)
Dorset Theatre Company (VT)
Gilbert & Sullivan Society (TX)
Sea World (TX)
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Juilliard (NY)
The Guthrie Theatre (MN)
Wolf Trap Theatre (VA)
Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Theatre at Monmouth (Maine)
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
The Landing Theatre, TX
MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
The Possibility Project, NY
The Catastrophic Theatre
Houston Cinema Arts Society
Washington National Opera
The Princeton Festival (NJ)