Stage Manager

Summary

Stage managers plan and coordinate rehearsals and performances, including supervision of the plotting and rehearsal of technical cues, props, stage elements and moving scenery.

Duties & Tasks

Stage managers may perform the following tasks:

  • analyse and interpret the script, plans, models and designs for all relevant technical and production information
  • consult with management, designers and the director to determine requirements for rehearsal and performance
  • undertake administrative duties, including prioritising tasks and determining production resources such as time, finance, personnel and physical space
  • prepare for rehearsals and obtain all required resources, such as props, costumes and settings
  • prepare and distribute all necessary rehearsal, production and performance documentation
  • prepare the prompt copy, which defines actors' calls and movements, technical cues, stage elements, props and moving scenery, and front-of-house communications
  • organise the rehearsal space and process, including final transfer to the venue
  • supervise and direct backstage staff and members of the stage management team
  • give cues for lights, sound, cast entrances, moving scenery and other performance elements
  • ensure production resources are stored safely.

Working Conditions

Stage managers work in all types of live performances. They work closely with production departments, venue management, creative teams and performers. Stage managers may be required to travel extensively. They work long hours, including nights and weekends.

Personal Requirements

  • practical and organised
  • artistic flair
  • authority and tact
  • able to work under pressure
  • able to work as part of a team.

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