BW's comprehensive theatre majors include studies in acting, auditioning, voice, script analysis, directing, stage management and more.

Theatre: Stage Management

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OVERVIEW

Transforming a script into a dramatic expression of art that is well orchestrated in design, technical operation and supervision of talent and staff is at the core of theatre stage management.

At BW, you’ll gain insights and skills for effective theatre stage management. Real world-focused, the major is a comprehensive study that encompasses theoretical, practical, artistic and technical skill-building.

It integrates extensive hands-on learning with rigorous coursework. You’ll build skills in leadership, stage operations, scenic design, script analysis, lighting, acting and more.

Foundation courses in literature, history, performance, technical and collaborative studies help you develop analytical skills and insights into professional theatre.

Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of the program. You’ll be encouraged to participate in professional apprenticeship opportunities nationally and abroad.

BW faculty are practicing professionals with contacts at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts and Dobama Theatre, as well as Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Through these opportunities, you’ll gain experience, earn Equity points, network and build an impressive resume.

With both proscenium and black box theatres, BW offers traditional and contemporary audience settings that provide a variety of learning environments, including theatre in-the-round, thrust staging and more.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    "Romeo and Juliet" at Allman Theatre - Fall 2014

    You will work on both large-scale period productions and small-scale contemporary pieces in BW's proscenium and black box theatres.

  • Stage management student

    Experiential Learning 

    Experiential learning is a hallmark of the stage management program. Theatre productions, internships and professional apprenticeships provide opportunities to gain experience, earn Equity points and network with professionals. 

  • "Enchanted April" at Baldwin Wallace University 2016

    "Enchanted April" at Allman Theatre - Spring 2016

    You will develop hands-on, practical experience in scenic painting, set and costume construction, lighting design and stage management with each production

  • "All Shook Up" at Baldwin Wallace University 2015

    "All Shook Up" at John Patrick Theatre - Fall 2015

    Faculty mentoring is at the core of the program. You will work alongside faculty members - all practicing professionals in the field - in all aspects of production, including directing, choreography, design and construction. 

  • Angels in America

    "Angels in America" at Allman Theatre - Fall 2015

    Baldwin Wallace's theatre and dance department produces two main stage productions and a series of one-acts each semester. Productions include musicals, operas, plays and a dance concert. BW is one of the few theatre producers to tackle both parts of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning American classic.

  • "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Baldwin Wallace 2015

    "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Allman Theatre - Spring 2015

    You will work alongside directors throughout the production process - from audition through closing performance - gaining real-world experience and building an impressive resume. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Director
  • Critic
  • Theatre manager
  • Stage manager
  • Playwright
  • Casting or talent agent
  • Dramaturg

THREE SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS OF STUDY

At BW, theatre majors can focus their studies in acting and directing, design and technical and stage management. All programs include a solid foundation of courses designed to give students a comprehensive overview of theatre.

MINOR IN DANCE

Students interested in a career in the performing arts, dance therapy, dance education or related area can benefit from the minor in dance. It offers an analytical, imaginative and physical study of movement with an emphasis on developing sound technical, compositional and performance skills.

STUDY THEATRE IN LONDON

Heighten your understanding and appreciation of British theatre through a study abroad experience. The program is a three-week, credit-earning immersion course in British theatre that includes a nine-day trip to London. It is led by BW theatre faculty.

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Theatre Productions

Baldwin Wallace's theatre and dance department produces two main stage productions and a series of one-acts each semester. Productions include musicals, operas, plays and a dance concert.

Mainstage Series 2017 - 2018

OUR TOWN
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Scott Plate
October 4-8

ANYTHING GOES
Co-production with BW Music Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Guy Bolton and
PG Wodehouse

Directed by Jim Beaudry
November 8-19

fyoo zh en 18
new music + dance
Directed by Sara Whale
February 14-17

IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO 
Co-production with BW Opera
By Cimarosa
Directed by Noa Naamat
March 22-25

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Brennan Murphy
April 18-22

Studio Series 2017-2018

ROCK N ROLL
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Adam Heffernan
October 18-22

WEIMAR
A New Play by Les Hunter
Directed by Anjanette Hall
April 4-7

HENRY VI
PARTS ONE AND TWO

By Shakespeare and Marlowe
Directed by Adam Heffernan
Part One: April 27-28
Part Two: May 25-26

TESTING GROUND
Dance Works in Progress

Directed by Sara Whale
October 27 and April 25

Lab Series 2017-2018

BREACH
By Egan Reich
Directed by Laura Berg
October 12-15

A DEVISED PRODUCTION
Directed by Pandora Robertson
March 15-18

STAGED READING SERIES
September and January 

24-HOUR THEATRE PROJECT
September 16

10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVALS
December 5-6 and May 1-2

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major and a minor, theatre offers three programs of study: acting and directing, design and technical and stage management.

There is also a minor in dance and an interdisciplinary program in music theatre.

The theatre major provides a broad perspective of the literature, history and creative practices of the discipline. Courses prepare students to appreciate and participate in theatre at all levels of performance, production, direction, design and management.

You can study acting, directing, voice and movement, scenic and costume design, lighting, stage management, theatre history and more. You also can take special seminars in contemporary topics.

Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through theatre productions, internships, co-curricular activities and student organizations.

Student Organizations

Theatre Arts and Performance

This organization supports student theatre artists and those interested in theatre on campus. It informs students of events and opportunities in theatre, maintains an open forum for student ideas and projects, and raises awareness of on- and off-campus theatrical events.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

The BW student chapter of USITT is committed to strengthening the skills of technical theatre students while carrying out the mission of the national organization. USITT serves to create vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators and students.

Facilities

The Department of Theatre and Dance is located in Kleist Center for Art & Drama. It houses two theatres: John Patrick Theatre and William A. Allman Theatre.

The John Patrick Theatre is a large 512-seat proscenium theatre. The stage has a 67-foot fly loft with a counterweight system. The stage opening is 44' by 24' with an extended 15-foot apron, ample wings and depth measuring 30 feet. This facility also boasts a new lighting system installed by ETC. With over 200 dimmers, lights are operated on an Emphasis board including a WYSIWYG program.

The William A. Allman Theatre is a smaller, flexible theatre with seating between 100-250. This unique studio space is intended to provide a variety of seating arrangements, including proscenium, three-quarter-thrust and in-the-round. The theatre has a balcony around three sides and a lighting grid 23 feet above the stage floor. This space also boasts a new Strand Century Lighting system with a 520 series light board.

Off-Campus Experiences

Baldwin Wallace's close proximity to Cleveland and its nationally ranked arts organizations offers outstanding learning and performance opportunities. BW students worked with many of them, including:

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Recent BW theatre stage management majors are finding their success in a variety of careers and studying in top graduate programs. 

Dayne SundmanDayne Sundman ’15 is stage management fellow at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. The practical insights and personal connections of his BW professors – all active in the professional theatre scene – helped Dayne launch a career with one of the country’s top regional theatres. He is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. 

Dane UrbanDane Urban ’11 is resident assistant stage manager at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. He recently opened his sixth Broadway show. He has also worked as assistant stage manager and production assistant in a number of Off Broadway productions. Dane is from Medina, Ohio. 

FACULTY

THEATRE AND DANCE DEPARTMENT

(440) 826-2239, theatre@bw.edu

Full-Time Faculty

Adam Heffernan
Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Associate Professor
Acting, Shakespeare

Tesia Benson
Assistant Professor
Make-up, Costume Construction

Beth Burrier
Associate Professor
Music Theatre

Victoria Bussert
Director, Music Theatre Program 
Professor

Gregory Daniels
Dance Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Jazz, Tap

Anjanette Hall
BA in Acting Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor 

Jeff Herrmann
Scenic, Lighting & Stage Management Program Coordinator
Professor

Les Hunter
Assistant Professor
Playwriting, Script Analysis, Screenwriting

Brennan Murphy
BFA Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Acting, Voice

David Pepin
Associate Professor
Music Director

Scott Plate
Directing Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Acting, Directing, On Camera

Annika Sheaff
Assistant Professor
Ballet, Modern Dance

Sara Whale
Assistant Professor
Ballet, Modern, Improv, Choreography

Charlotte Yetman
Costume Design Program Coordinator
Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Laura Welsh Berg
Lecturer
Acting

Melanie Boeman
Lecturer
Costume Shop Manager

Pamela Decker
Lecturer
Theatre History, Dramaturgy, Script Analysis

Martin Friedman
Lecturer
Script Analysis, Intro to Theatre

Dylan Fujimura
Lecturer
Technical Director

Fred Gloor
Lecturer
Improvisation, Intro to Theatre

Tracy Grady
Lecturer
Singing for Actors, Voice

Todd Krispinsky
Lecturer
Theatre Management

Lisa Ortenzi
Lecturer
Creative Dramatics

Corrie Purdum
Lecturer
Stage Management 

Pandora Robertson
Lecturer
Movement, Devised Theatre

Kelly Smith
Lecturer
Acting

Bob Taylor
Lecturer
Theatre Seminar in London

Dusten Welch
Lecturer
Resident Fight Director, Stage Combat

Staff

Yolanda Kennedy
Office Manager

Josh Padgett
Assistant Technical Director