Are you highly organized? Do you enjoy running the show from behind the scenes? If so, then you might be the perfect candidate for the Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management at UMKC. While working on your degree, you’ll be trained to excel in the highest levels of production in the American theatre as a stage manager or production manager. You may also be able to earn credit toward membership in Actors’ Equity through its production assignments with the professional Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, and Coterie Theatre.

All Department of Theatre productions are run on a model of the Equity Rule Book, and additional experience in actual Equity rehearsals with The KC Rep provide the student with an active, hands-on knowledge of professional practice and rules.

Alumni of our program are currently working at Lincoln Center, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC), LA Opera, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Ballet Arizona, Kansas City Ballet, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

A recent alumnus’ review for her work in KC Ballet’s The Nutcracker:

Stage manager Victoria Frank deserves the first helping of Christmas pudding for calling an impeccable show”—The Pitch

Our faculty will be recruiting at the URTA Audition and Interviews.  For more information go to

M.F.A. Stage Management Degree Requirements



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