“The mission of the Department of Digital Media and Performing Arts is to lay a foundation for our students in the theatrical principles, techniques and practices that will help them realize their potential not only as artists, but also as human beings.” – From the department mission statement

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The Department of Digital Media and Performing Arts is situated in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. This arrangement works especially well for our management students; the expertise they gain in other areas in the college directly affects the skills they need in management. Public Relations, Advertising, Organizational Communication (in Communication Studies), and Corporate Communication all link directly to the world of theatre management.

Whether you’re interested in stage or production management, or in the world of arts administration, you have ample opportunities to apply your talents in the main stage season. Student stage managers get involved in the productions from the very beginning; working closely with faculty and other students, they develop stage management skills and professionalism. It is not uncommon for student stage managers to stage manage three or four realized main stage productions in their time at Marquette. You’ll also have numerous student-driven opportunities to apply the skills learned in the classroom.