Stage Design & Production
We want to help you learn how to make big things happen.
The Stage Design and Production Program conjures up the magic that surrounds the performers for BSA’s numerous stage events. We prize dedication and hard work because they consistently produce good results. Here you’ll learn the theory as well as the current practice of producing the performing arts. But more importantly, you’ll learn time management, communication, and organizational skills, as well as how to be open to new ideas. By the time you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for college or an entry-level position in the field. Our alumni have gone on to be film production designers in Los Angeles, stage managers on Broadway, start-up founders in Silicon Valley, and so much more.
What You’ll Learn
Masterclasses and Cultural Outings
In addition to being taught by working artists every day, you’ll enjoy numerous special opportunities all designed to help you become a person who gets things done.
You’ll learn from guest artists such as Kwame Shakur Opara, who helped us design a performance piece based on Ghanaian marketplaces. You’ll enjoy field trips to places such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Center Stage, and Everyman Theatre. Our department also has a long-standing relationship with the National Park Service to research and create short plays based on actual historical people. And every May, our graduating seniors join our Senior Acting Ensemble to present a co-production with Showdown Theatre Arts UK in London.
Theater veteran, Julianne Franz joined the Stage Design and Production faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2019 and serves as BSA’s Production Manager. As a teacher, artist, and producer, she has enjoyed employment with The Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore Center Stage, Liz Lerman and Dance Exchange, MICA, Carver Center, Baltimore Theatre Project, Creative Alliance, Loyola University, Celebrate Brooklyn, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Glimmerglass Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and MASS MoCA. Julianne is a proud alumnus of Open Society Institute’s Fellowship Program, Towson University, and University of Baltimore County.
Norah Worthington has designed for theater, dance, and music in the Baltimore-Washington area since 1984. Professional credits include Wittenberg for Rep Stage (Helen Hayes nomination); Everyman Theatre: Our Town, The Crucible, Watch on the Rhine; St. Louis Ballet; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Macbeth; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Opera Vivente (Resident Costumer); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Carousel, Evita, Forty-Second Street, Follies, West Side Story; Young Victorian Theater Company: H.M.S. Pinafore; Handel Choir: staging, scenography, and costumes for Solomon.
As resident costumer at the Baltimore School for the Arts since 1993, she has created costumes for the theater productions and choreographers Christopher d’Amboise, Jim Orsono, Barry Hughson, Hinton Battle, John Clifford, Lisa deRibere, and Tony Wilson. She has mentored and taught costuming at McDonogh School, Gilman School, Park School, St Paul’s School, and Goucher College.