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Applications Now Available for Beyond the Stage Door’s No-Cost Theatre Management Intensive for Students of Color

Stage Directions • Stage DirectionsTheater News • June 1, 2021

Applications are now available online for Beyond the Stage Door, a new no-cost theatre management program for students of color. Interested applicants can find details at and must submit their application through the site by July 4th, 2021.

Beyond the Stage Door (BTSD) previously announced that for their first year they would pivot to an impactful hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning, due to health and safety concerns. Selected participants will take part in intimate virtual seminars this fall to learn about company, general, and stage management, as well as other key aspects of the theatre industry. In January 2022, with Broadway back in full swing, the cohort will spend four days in New York City meeting with experienced theatre professionals and industry leaders as part of the intensive, at no personal cost to the cohort members.

Recognizing that the pandemic has made it difficult for recent graduates to enter the theatre industry, the BTSD program is committed to prioritizing students who graduated from an undergraduate theatre management program in 2020 or 2021. Rising college juniors and seniors currently studying theatre management are still welcome and highly encouraged to apply to the program as well.

Beyond the Stage Door was developed by Baseline Theatrical in response to industry discussions, led by BIPOC members of the theatre community, about long-standing racial disparity in both commercial theatre hiring practices and traditional pathways to New York theatrical management careers. BTSD is designed to give students a deep dive into the management side of Broadway while eliminating financial burdens that have often kept underrepresented communities out of pursuing a theatre career in New York City. The program offers students the chance to learn from and develop long-lasting professional relationships with industry leaders in all areas of theatre including public relations, casting, marketing, producing and more.

American Express is a sponsor of the management program, continuing their long-time support of the theatre community. SpotCo, a leading entertainment advertising and marketing firm, is also contributing their support and expertise.

BTSD fully intends to return to its original month-long, no-cost summer program in 2022.

Further information from Beyond the Stage Door: and @beyondthestagedoor

Mission Statement:
Beyond the Stage Door (BTSD) is a comprehensive and intensive program designed to educate and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for careers in general, company and stage management in the theatre industry. Over the course of four weeks, through a combination of rigorous seminars with industry professionals, production-related excursions and applied learning projects, participants will study existing frameworks for Broadway shows, shadow current theatre managers and work alongside prominent industry leaders. By the end of their time with BTSD, each student will leave armed with the tools needed to pursue and sustain a prosperous theatre career.

Baseline Theatrical is a commercial general management firm founded in 2014. Broadway credits include Hamilton; freestyle love supreme; Derren Brown: Secret; The Cher Show; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; The Last Ship and the upcoming Pass Over at the August Wilson Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include Audible Theatre at the Minetta Lane, The Enigmatist at the High Line Hotel, Stuffed, Hundred Days, Application Pending and Annaleigh Ashford’s Lost in the Stars. Current touring credits include four companies of Hamilton. Further information from Baseline Theatrical:


beyond the stage door

Application portal is now open for Beyond the Stage Door, a no-cost hybrid theatre management intensive for students of color. You have until July 4, 2021 to apply. Follow the link to learn more about this training opportunity. #beyondthestagedoor


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