Fall 2021 - CA 171 D100

Introduction to Stage and Production Management (3)

Class Number: 7340

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Mon, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.



An introduction to the management, and organization of the performing arts. This course will provide a grounding for students who wish to become further involved in the administration of the performing arts and may include practical experience outside of regular seminar hours. May be of particular interest to students in other areas and departments. Students with credit for FPA 171 may not take this course for further credit.


CA171 provides students with a foundation in the planning and management tools used to produce arts and culture events. Particular attention will be given to understanding the basics of logistics and process, human-centred and environmental approaches to event design, and collaborative making. Students will work independently and in groups.

Video and audio recordings will be provided online, along with course reading materials.

There will be a short assignment or quiz each week which will lead students through a process of event planning. There is one large end of term assignment to plan an imaginary event which students will complete in groups.

Participation in online discussion is mandatory. The class meets weekly and students are expected to schedule their group work outside of class times to meet the assignment deadlines.


• Comprehension in planning and management skills that will aid students in creative expression across multiple disciplines.
• Aptitude in the tools of mapping, budgeting and scheduling that students can apply across multiple disciplines.
• Communication and collaborative skills that will allow students to thrive in team or ensemble-based environments.


  • Attendance and Class Participation 15%
  • Participation in online discussion 15%
  • Weekly Individual Assignments 35%
  • Weekly Group Assignments 35%



Required readings will be provided through Canvas

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.