Sage McVay ?25

Sage McVay

Class Year



Mt. Vernon, Iowa


Theatrical Stage Management


Social Justice

“Some of my favorite memories have been being a part of the Theatre Department. I have met so many genuinely good people, and I have made lifelong friendships.”

Sage McVay, ’25

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I really liked the professors I got to meet, and Carthage had a stage management major, which is rare.”

Faculty mentors

“The faculty in the Theatre Department are always ready to help you out and are continuously trying to make you ready for the world outside of education.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class that I have taken so far was Legacies of Race and Racism in the United States. This class taught me so much that I was not taught in the public school system. Everyone should consider taking that class because it is really eye-opening to the world around us.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was my Introduction to Business course. I had to take it for my major, and it challenged me because there was so much memorization.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. I am the treasurer of the fraternity, and I have enjoyed my time being a part of this organization because we give back to the department and we donate money to outside organizations.”

Golden opportunities

“This J-Term, I am stage managing the “Irish Project.” It is a devised theatre show that we are performing in November, and in January, we are taking it to Ireland and performing on Smock Ally.”

Internships or campus employment

“I had a paid internship in Minneapolis over the summer for stage management. It was an amazing experience. I worked in a children’s theatre, and it was very interesting to see the difference between working with kids and adults. I also got to work with the production stage manager, and I got to shadow her and learn how to apply the things I’ve learned in college to the real world.”

Career goal

“After I graduate, I would like to enter the workforce as a stage manager at a theatre.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is definitely the red chairs by the Kissing Rock. I enjoy being able to look at the lake and sit out there when it is a nice day or night.”

Biggest surprise

“The biggest surprise for me would have to be the speed at which the opportunities are given on campus. I would not have gotten these opportunities at any other college, and I am so grateful for them.”

Advice for other students in your major?

“Being a part of the Theatre Department is a very fun experience. Students should consider being a stage management major because a stage manager is a huge role in the theatre world and is an underrated job. Plus, it is one of the most rewarding fields to go into.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I think that the younger me would be very excited about the career path I have chosen. I have always been in love with theatre but I have never liked being on stage, so stage management is the perfect major for me. I think she would be happy I found a way to stay involved with theatre and be happy with what I am doing.”


“I received two theatre scholarships and an academic scholarship. The theatre scholarships are dear to me because I got one from an interview I had with the Theatre Department faculty, and the other theatre scholarship I got because I had proved my dedication and hard work towards the department. I am grateful that Carthage worked with me to be able to make it financially easier for me to attend.”