Yay! Congrats on getting to the ending portion of high school. It’s a beast.
I went to the University of Central Florida and majored in BA Theatre Studies. Their program was great from all I heard — admittedly, I didn’t do too terrible much with the theatre department itself. They have BFA programs for both stage management and technical theatre, so there are a lot of great, specialized classes that are opening up to the BAs now.
The BA program didn’t require an audition, just an interview, showing your portfolio if you had one, it was really chill. All majors in the department are required to take a performance credit and a directing class (which required some performing); I’m with you — not into performing for people. But it was required and it wasn’t terrible and it’s not like you’re thrown into a performance class as the only stage manager or tech student. There are others with whom you can commiserate.
As far as other schools, I honestly didn’t look into any so I’m horrible at answering this question. I knew that leaving Florida wasn’t an option (tuition) and I knew that I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do in theatre but that it probably wasn’t acting (I considered teaching for a good while). The BA program at UCF let me explore what I wanted to do and, once I figured it out, offered some great opportunities to continue learning.
UCF also had a really great network of professionals attached to/with the school (partners with The Orlando Rep, where I work to this day, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; tons of people from the theme parks, cruise ships, touring shows, you name it.
housetohalf went to… U of I (I believe) and enjoyed their SM program. no-oath-no-spell came from an SM program in Michigan. They quite enjoyed their schooling (from what I’ve heard? For the most part?) and there are tons of other SMs out there with post-high school education experience out there to answer questions.
Best of luck!