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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

We thank you for your interest in the MFA Stage Management Program!

Applications for the Fall 2023 admission cycle will open on September 7, 2022 and close on January 4, 2023. Please see below for detailed application instructions. 


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.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals that can speak to both your academic and creative abilities.
  • 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