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Stage Managers and crew prepare for The Green Cockatoo. Photo: Manuel Rotenberg (2017)Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.

Application Information for MFA Program in Stage Management

The UC San Diego application portal for the Fall 2022 cohort opens September 8, 2021 and closes January 5, 2022.

Please upload the following materials to the UC San Diego application portal:

  • A 3 page (900 words) essay about yourself and your interest in stage management, including your personal vision of the role of the stage manager. Elaborate on your views of the role of the stage manager in the creative process as well as the reasons why pursuing an advanced degree is central to your purpose. Highlight the ways you promote anti-racism and anti-oppression within the production process. 
  • A copy of sample paperwork from your most complex show (sample pages of a contact sheet, character/scene breakdown, prop plot, production calendar, and scene shift plot, rehearsal and performance reports), as well as anything else you feel is representative of your work, and a copy of one scene from the same production with complete blocking and cueing notes. Do not send an entire production script.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least two professional stage managers, production managers, general managers/producers, directors, designers, and/or technical directors with whom you have worked, other than those who have written letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended. 



After a review of all application materials, finalists will be contacted for a personal interview. Details regarding interviews will be finalized at a later date.

If you have questions about the graduate program or application process, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at (858) 534-1046 or