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

Application Information for the Stage Management Program

You have made it to step two. Here is the the information that you need to send to us via regular mail. Print this page out or take good notes. After you finish determining what you need to send to us, you should move on to step three - applying to the University of California.

Materials that must be sent by regular mail or uploaded by January 6, 2021 include:

  • An essay about yourself and your interest in stage management, including your personal vision of the role of the stage manager in professional theatre today. This essay should indicate your views of the role of the stage manager in the creative process as well as thoughts about your subsequent career goals. Upload at
  • 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. Upload at
  • 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. Upload at
  • Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended. Upload at
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form at Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose. Upload at

These materials should be uploaded at or sent to the following address:

UCSD Theatre and Dance
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344

After a review of all application materials, finalists will be contacted and a personal interview in San Diego will be required. Details regarding interviews will be finalized at a later date.

If you are ready, move on and apply to the University of California, San Diego click below:

Proceed to Step 1: Basic Information Form >>

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If you have questions about the application process or about the materials required of you, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at (858) 534-1046 or by e-mail at