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Develop key production management skills for a career in theater

The UCLA Stage Management Summer Institute is a three-week intensive conservatory-style program for both high school and college-level theater students encompassing the study and application of stage management, theater history, leadership, teamwork, and problem solving. Students will also be introduced to current industry practices through workshops and hands on activities as it is an essential component to the learning process. Students will culminate the program by working on a final production from pre-production thru performance. The program is designed for college and high school students who have a serious interest in stage management and who seek the discipline and training required for participation in a university theater program or a career in the performing arts.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.

 

**OPTIONAL HOUSING FEE** = $1,404
Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee. Please note that UCLA housing is only available for precollege participants.

 

Program Fee $2,540
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet Your Instructors

Jessie Vacchiano

Instructor

Jessie Vacchiano is an L.A.-based stage manager. Jessie graduated with B.F.A in Production with an emphasis in stage management from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2009. In 2010 Jessie joined AEA as a professional stage manager. Jessie has worked as a freelance stage manager on productions large and small, musicals, dramas, environmental pieces, corporate events, outdoor drive-in events, musical concerts, and (thanks to 2020) even virtual productions. Favorite credits include: Three Pianos(A.R.T./New York Theatre Workshop/Ontological Theatre), Our Planet(Japan Society), Breakup Notebook(ReVision Theatre), Soul on Fire(Kennedy Center), Beth Malone…So Far(Tour), Body Awareness(Gulfshore Playhouse), Pal Joey(Arkansas Rep), I Am My Own Wife (Laguna Playhouse), My Life with Men…and Other Animals (U.S. Premier, Peter Schneider Productions), A Room with a View (L.A. TheatreWorks), Measure for Measure (Ensemble Theatre Company), and Sweet Charity (Reprise 2.0), Sing Out! (Austin Arts Project). For many years Jessie found herself recurring her role as PSM at Rubicon Theater.

Favorite credits include: Noises Off, Conviction (co-production with Bay Street Theatre), Heisenberg (Laguna Playhouse),The Last Five Years, Other Desert Cities, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, See Rock City, and Gulf View DriveReturn to the Forbidden Planet, Moonlight and Magnolias, Taking Sides, and SylviaIncognito, The Baby Dance: Mixed, Plaid Tidings, Never Not Once, and Gin Game.  Virtually Jessie has worked on a number of shows. 2020/2021 Virtual credits include: A Song (Rubicon Theatre), Grateful(Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra), Measure for Measure, Richard II and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare by the Sea), A Christmas Carol(Ensemble Theatre Company), The Gin Game and Suppressed Desires (Laguna Playhouse), and The Last Five Years(International City Theatre). Jessie is also a lecturer for the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television.