Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Stage Management - B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management is designed to prepare students for success in the professional theatre industry. By combining conservatory-style training with a strong liberal arts education, our students explore, develop, and hone their craft to become well-rounded artists with valuable skill sets that will prepare them for professional success. 

Core Learning Goals

Our core departmental learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.
• Technique
• Analysis
• Professionalism
• Collaboration


Mainstage Season
Millikin’s mainstage season provides Stage Management majors with many opportunities to gain valuable backstage experience. A typical season will include:
• 2 musicals
• 2 plays
• 1 dance concert
• In alternating seasons, an opera, co-
produced with the School of Music or a
3rd play



Performance Learning

Beginning as assistant stage managers, students receive production assignments as early as their first semester and develop the skills necessary to move up to production stage managers.  Throughout their four years, B.F.A. candidates are carefully mentored by our faculty and will work in a broad array of styles and venues offering a comprehensive understanding of professional stage management practices. 

Work in Multiple Spaces

Stage Management students will have opportunities to work in our three performance spaces in a wide variety of genres, including contemporary and classical plays, musicals, and dance.
   Albert Taylor Theatre
270 seats


        Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre
90 seats

Kirkland Fine Arts Center
1900 seats

The Millikin Difference

The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including:   

• Individualized attention
• Studio classes capped at 16
• Annual progress evaluations
• Faculty/student Mentorships and collaboration
• Interactions with students from other disciplines

 Why Choose Millikin?

There are a number of things that set Millikin apart from other schools:
• Small School Environment
• First Rate Faculty
• National Reputation
• Individualized attention
• Mentorship opportunities
• Conservatory Training in a Liberal Arts Education
• Senior Professional Development Experience (Showcase)
• Master class opportunities with working      professionals
• Study abroad in our London Semester

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL