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