Learn what it takes to create magic for the stage
Develop key production management skills for a career in theater
Stage Management Summer Institute Program Overview
The program has application requirements for admission. Applicants who successfully submit all requirements will be reviewed and notified via email of an admission decision within ~3 weeks. See Application Requirements below for more details. Early application is strongly encouraged.
Applicants are required to provide the following during the online registration process:
How do you describe your passion for theater? 400 words or fewer.
- How can you use your talents to facilitate someone else’s vision? 400 words or fewer.
- Why are you interested in stage management, and what do you hope to gain from the program experience? 400 words or fewer.
- A current resume.
The essays will be prompted on the registration form; we recommend having your essays pre-written to copy/paste. The resume can be uploaded (.pdf) during the application process.
Note: All responses and links will not be accessible to edit in any form after submission of the application.
UCLA Summer Sessions Summer Scholars Support
Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2023 in the state of California may be eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need- and merit-based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in SCIP/eSCIP, one Summer Course, or a Precollege Summer Institute.
Summer 2023 deadline to apply: March 15.
Students will receive a letter grade upon completion. See University Credit, Grades and Transcripts for more information about academic credit.
Due to the intense nature of the Stage Management Summer Institute and the time commitment involved, living in on-campus housing is mandatory.
For more information on UCLA housing precollege programs, please see the Housing for Minors page.
Many of our precollege programs with mandatory housing (only) also feature non-curricular evening and weekend activities, the availability of which is at the sole discretion of the academic department offering the program, and are not operated by UCLA Summer Sessions. To learn more about whether (and when) your selected program will host such activities, please consult the schedules for each program or contact the department in question directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Session A: June 25– July 15, 2023
Application based/ In-person
Session B: July 16-August 5, 2023
Application based/ In-person
Program Eligibility: 9th-12th grade in Spring 2023 & Ages 15-17
UCLA Coursework: Theater 50; 2 units, Theater 72; 2 units
Application deadline: June 1, 2023
Enrollment deadline: June 15, 2023
The schedule and syllabus are subject to change. Enrolled students will be given updated materials closer to the program start date.
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.
|Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students)||$50|
Meet Your Instructors
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 Drive, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Moonlight and Magnolias, Taking Sides, and Sylvia, Incognito, 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.
Stage Management Summer Institute FAQ
We welcome students of all backgrounds. However, it is necessary that participants have a sincere interest and commitment to learning within the theater.
Yes, parents are encouraged to attend the final presentation.
Each student will be provided with a syllabus that includes a breakdown of the grading process and the impact of tardiness and absences on the first day of class.
Still have questions? Check out the general Summer Institutes FAQ.
If you have questions about the program schedule or syllabus, please contact Dolann Adams, Director of Special Programs with the UCLA Department of Theater.