Theatre: Production & Stage Management

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre: Production & Stage Management

The BFA in theatre production and stage management is designed for students pursuing professional careers as managers for theatres, concert venues, theme parks, and other entertainment fields. Students study stage management, production management, and technical direction, as well as related courses in conflict resolution, public administration, and business ethics. Students are mentored by professional management staff and faculty and receive hands-on experience as stage managers for university productions.

Auburn University Theatre is housed in Telfair B. Peet University Theatre, which includes two fully equipped performance spaces; three dynamic performance studios serving classes in acting, dance, voice, directing, and movement; and fully equipped costume and scenic studios. The newly renovated main stage features a flexible proscenium house seating along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment.  A new black box studio theatre is equipped with the first wire tension lighting grid at a university theatre in Alabama and a larger dance studio.

Theatre students enjoy opportunities to work with national and international guest artists and travel nationally and internationally to attend workshops and exhibit their work. Auburn theatre graduates think critically, creatively, and collaboratively and carry their knowledge from rehearsal spaces and classroom to stages, campuses, and communities worldwide. 

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in theatre from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Theatre: Production & Stage Management

Theatre: Production & Stage Management Program Website

Careers in Theatre: Production & Stage Management


  • Stage
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Motion Picture
  • Video


  • Scriptwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journalism
  • Publicity (Press Agents)
  • Research


  • Direction
  • Technical Direction
  • Casting
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Production
  • Dialect Coaching
  • Dramaturgy
  • Support Staff

Behind the Scenes

  • Stage Management/Direction
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Property Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Camera Operation
  • Costume Design/Wardrobe
  • Hair/Make-up
  • Special Effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Broadcast Technology


  • Producing
  • Management
  • Agents
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Administration of Arts Programs
  • Box Office Sales
  • Patron Services

BFA Curriculum in Theatre - Production & Stage Management


Theatre majors must earn a C or higher in theatre courses, or they must repeat those courses for credit toward their degrees.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
Core History13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
THEA 1910 Production Practicum I1THEA 1110 Introduction to Theatre for Majors II23
PHIL 1040 Business Ethics3THEA 2310 Theatre Technology I3
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre for Majors I3THEA 2400 Design Aesthetics3
THEA 2610 Costume Construction3 
 16 15
Core Literature13Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13
Core Science I4POLI 1090 American Government in Multicultural World3
THEA 2840 Beginning Dance Techniques3Core Science II4
THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1Theatre Elective33
THEA 3200 Stage Management3THEA 2910 Production Practicum II1
 THEA 2700 Text Analysis3
 14 17
Core Fine Arts (excluding THEA)3Core Social Science3
THEA 2120 Acting I3THEA 3520 Sound Design3
THEA 3350 Technical Direction/Production Management3THEA 3720 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism III - Space3
THEA 3710 Theatre History, Theory and Criticism II - Body3THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1
THEA 3910 Production Practicum III1COMM 2410 Small Group Communication3
POLI 3250 Introduction to Public Administration3THEA 3950 Directing Seminar3
 16 16
Electives33Theatre Electives34
THEA 4910 Production Practicum IV1THEA 4940 Theatre Special Projects3
THEA 4980 Senior Capstone Project1, 43POLI 5370 Nonprofit Management3
Core Math3Electives33
Theatre Electives33UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 13 13
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not chosen as the sequence.


THEA 1110 and THEA 4980 fulfill SLO 7.


Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved theatre electives and other electives.


To enroll in Senior Capstone Project, students must be senior theatre majors planning to graduate before the following fall semester.


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016