A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1965-66
MFA in Stage Management Program:
Year 1 - Course Topics
Essentials of Stage Management (10 weeks)
Script breakdown and analysis, pre-production, auditions, production meetings, callboards, ground plans, first day of rehearsal, rehearsal process, tech week, previews, opening night, run of show and strike.
Self Marketing (5 weeks)
Identifying specific job skills, developing tools for self-promotion, networking and developing job contacts, practice job interviewing, cover letters, business cards and resume development.
About Equity (5 weeks)
The history & background of Actors’ Equity. How Equity works, Getting the most of out of Equity. Equity Membership Program. What you don’t know could hurt you. How to interpret and understand Equity rulebooks, policies and procedures. Deciding to join Equity?
Entertainment Law and Contracts (10 weeks)
Civil vs. criminal law. Understanding industry contracts and agreements. Copyright laws and protection. Rights and Royalties. How to find a good entertainment lawyer. Understanding Entertainment Labor Unions: SAG, AFTRA, AEA, IASTE, WGA, SSDC, USA and DGA.
Year 2 - Course Topics
Producing Your Own Project – Production Management (10 weeks)
Exploring the role of Producer by co-producing your own project,
Non-profit vs. for profit corporations. Creation of mission statements, production budgets and master calendars. Developing a board of directors and marketing strategies. Hiring of artists, designers and artistic team. Legal aspects of financing your project.
Psychology for Stage Managers (5 weeks)
Stress management and getting unstuck. What moves us vs. what stops us. You can’t afford the luxury of negative thinking. Coping with toxic personalities. Emotional clearing and self-empowerment. Taking care of you, - the art of delegation and boundary setting. Day at a time, celebrating your achievements – focusing on the long-term goals.
Self Marketing (5 weeks)
Designing your career goals. Practice job interviewing skills and techniques in class. Creating a map of relationships. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” - marketing yourself beyond your resume.
Safety and Security in the Theatre (10 Weeks)
CPR Training, Basic first aid, Use of theatrical smoke and haze,
Working on a raked stage, Use of pyrotechniques and special effects.
Firearms, stage combat and equipment. Fire marshals and fire permits.
Creating evacuation plans and procedures for cast, crew and front of house. Earthquake preparedness. What makes a healthy building? Equity safety inspections.
Year 3 - Course Topics
Directing for Stage Managers (10 weeks)
History and evolution of today’s director. Establishing the director’s approach and point of view. Selecting the script – researching the script. Working with the playwright -producer. Casting. Creating the director’s work script. The director’s rehearsal process. Stragedy for dress rehearsals and previews. The actor’s vocabulary – giving notes to the actor. Maintaining the director’s vision.
The History, Nature and Structure of Performing Arts Organizations and Entertainment Companies (5 Weeks)
Examining commercial vs. non-profit art organizations. Broadway vs. Off-Broadway vs. regional theatres. Orchestra, Ballet and Opera Companies. National vs. International touring. Entertainment Corporations, Movie studios, Television production, corporate events, theme parks and cruise ships.
Self-Marketing (5 weeks)
How to get the job you want. Improving your resume and developing job contacts. Designing a career path for success by learning how to cope with rejection in a competive job market. Guest speakers chosen from working professionals.
Calling the Perfect Show (10 weeks)
Creating the ultimate calling script. Blocking scripts. Finding your best voice. The designer’s vision in the hands of the stage manager. The show must go on, keeping the curtain up, understudy, emergency and put-in rehearsals. The stage manager – crew relationship. Practice and observing cue calling. Styles of calling a show. Keeping the performance fresh.