Design & Stage Management

Acclaimed faculty members and MFA design students teach a number of design and skill classes in scenery, costume, lighting, sound, and makeup design. Qualified students may take upper level and select graduate courses by permission and have the opportunity to assist designers for mainstage productions and design in the Imagine U series as well as numerous productions presented through the Northwestern Student Theatre Coalition (see “Co-curricular Opportunities”).  Northwestern also offers showcase opportunities for design. The Theatrical Design Module allows students to study lighting, costume or set design in greater depth.

All mainstage productions are stage managed by students, who are taught in an intensive stage management course. Concentrations in design as well as stage management are popular among theatre majors. 

The Theatre Management Module gives students the opportunity to pursue intensive study of stage and production management and to explore these professions