Workshop in production management
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The course is led by Teatro alla Scala stage managers and other professionals and complemented with a broad review of theatre and the international context.



Hands-on experience is a fundamental element in the curriculum: lessons in theory are complemented by practical exercises in the classroom, rehearsal room, and on stage.



The course includes a final exam, which involves the preparation and rehearsal of a management plan for an opera or ballet.



The 300-hour internship at Teatro alla Scala or other prestigious Italian institutes is a key element of the course.  

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Recap 2023-24

Teaching units and staff
- Teamwork and Career Building (Academy experts);
- Introduction to Production (Maria De Rosa and Nadia Ferrigno, Production Management at Teatro alla Scala, with the support of the Artistic Direction, Stage Direction, Stage Management, and Production Organization Departments of Teatro alla Scala);
- Stage Management Theory and Technique for opera, ballet, and symphonic concerts (Luca Bonini, Davide Armati Battistelli, Andrea Boi and Barbara Patruno Teatro alla Scala Stage Management Department);
- Stage Management Theory and Technique for Opera and Ballet (Angelo Ferro, Stage Manager in collaboration with the Picccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa);
- Elements of Music History and Opera and Ballet Repertory (Paolo Piazza, Teatro alla Scala Assistant Stage Manager);
- History of Ballet (Fabio Sartorelli, Musicologist and Vito Lentini, Dance and Ballet Critic);
- Elements of Stagecraft for Stage Management (Ruggero Bellini, Teatro alla Scala Stage Engineering Department);
- Elements of Scenography and Costumes for Stage Management (Alfredo Corno, Architect and Leila Fteita, Schenographer);
- Interpersonal and Organizational Skills (Rita Cannata, Senior HR Consultant);
- Workplace Safety (Marco Morelli, Mario Pan, Michela Songini, Teatro alla Scala Technical Office and Sergio Antonio Tasca, Health and Safety Consultant and Safety Trainer );
- International Focus
- Meetings with experts

This list may be subject to change.
The course will last from November 2023 to December 2024.
The attendance is mandatory, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm - and not more than 8 hours per day.
Admission requirements
- 18–35 years old;
- Three-year university degree, equivalent performing arts studies, and/or at least two years of experience in the performing arts; - Fluency in Italian.
Selection process
Applicants must pass a two-part selection process to be admitted to the course. The applicant must pass the first part to be admitted to the second one:
- a written test with multiple-choice questions regarding music history, opera, ballet, and symphonic repertory, theatre terminology;
- personal interview focusing on the applicant’s general competencies, motivations, and expectations.

Download here the selection program.
Scholarships, tuition exemptions, student loans, and other forms of financial aid bring training of the highest artistic quality complemented by direct practical experience in the chosen field within the reach of all.

Scholarships.One or more scholarships covering all or a part of tuition are available to students who pass the selection process and request one. Students whose ISEE (Equivalent Financial Status Indicator) is 20,000 euros or less are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Application instructions will be provided at the end of the selections in a specific announcement.

Merit loans and student loans. Thanks to the collaboration of certain banks, Academy students in good standing may also benefit from other forms of financial aid to cover tuition or lodging costs.

For further information, please contact the teaching office:

You must apply within:
April 17, 2023 for the first round of selections
September 25, 2023 for the second round.

Register and/or login to the Academy enrollment platform at
Your email and the password you choose will become your login credentials [username and password] that can be used again for subsequent visits. You will also be asked to read the privacy notice.

After registering, enter the information requested for the specific applicant following the step-by-step. You will asked to download, sign, and attach the Terms & Conditions “Condizioni di contratto per la partecipazione". This step is necessary to proceed with the application process.

  • 1 passport-sized photo;
  • your full cv.

You will be asked to pay the application fee of 85 € directly online via credit/debit card or credit transfer. The payment must be made online directly through the enrollment platform (do not close the page before paying).A summary of entered data is generated at the end of the above steps.


Special thanks to:
Fondazione Nando ed Elsa Peretti in memoria della dr.ssa Schmucker