This program is one of a few MFA programs in the country focused on stage properties for the graduate student. Students are trained in the craft, artistry and management of stage properties for careers in theatre, film and the entertainment industry. The curriculum balances extensive classroom and studio work with practical experience. Students spend 20 hours each week in hands-on production activities producing the properties for a minimum of 14 productions each year, and graduate students are responsible for the upkeep and managing of the stage properties shops.
This program includes progressively rigorous training in the fundamentals of furniture history and design, furniture construction, theatrical properties management, property construction and the production process. The students learn to work in a variety of techniques utilizing both classic and modern theatrical media to create an elegant and professional end product for the stage. At the culmination of the training period, students are assigned full responsibility for productions as Property Directors; budgeting time and materials, overseeing construction and running a crew. Thesis topics are the exploration of a chosen subject to be explored and documented in a publishable thesis. The program has been highly recognized in the national prop community.
Bland M. Wade, Jr., Director of the Stage Properties Program; Stage Properties Faculty