Stage Management

qualities of a good stage manager
Leadership Ability
Communication Skills/Diplomacy
Organization
Multi-Tasking
Problem-Solving
Thinking on ones Feet
Interpersonal Skills
Drive/Energy
Calm Demeanor
Attention to Detail
Sense of Humor
theater personnel chart connections
-director- collaborates w/, keeps things moving forward, has blocking, vision followthrough
-design team- keeps everyone informed, gets designers all notes
-cast- informs them of rehearsal conflicts, call times, has blocking, etc
-stagehands- calls the tech cues, guides them
-box office and house management- know when they can start the show
jobs of stage manager
Organizes and Runs Auditions (not always)
Guides Actors and Director Through the Rehearsal
Keeps Track of Line and Blocking Notes
Prop Tracking, Entrances and Exits
Keeps Rehearsals on Schedule
Runs Production Meetings
Keeps Track of the Calendar
Sets/Announces/Enforces Call Times
Leads and Trains Backstage Crews
Generates Reports – Conduit of Communication
Calls the Show
Maintains Consistency
“The Stage Manager Is Responsible for Maintaining the Integrity of The Production”
means:
makes sure cast doesn’t stray from vision of the director (particularly during a long show run)
stage manager may have to call a ‘brush up’ rehearsal, and may even need to call the director back in to get the production back on track.
How does the stage manager maintain the lines of communication?
Production and Rehearsal Reports:
Includes attendance, what was accomplished or discussed, any notes that came up in rehearsal or the meeting, cuts, additions, changes, concerns – all broken down by area.
Email:
When a “hallway meeting” happens, all relevant parties must be informed.
The Callboard:
Call times, schedules, calendar, sign-in sheets.
Verbal Communication:
The ‘god mic’ during rehearsals, headsets during tech or the run of the show, etc.
Non-Verbal Communication:
Sometimes standing by is enough to send a message.
from page to stage
Pre-Production – everything from design process forward
Table Work – readings
Music Rehearsals – music added to readings
Stumble Through – first stab at run
Run Through -stage manager records time (& blocking etc)
Spacing Rehearsal – run through in the space, full blocking
Paper Tech – go through script w tech ppl- every cue
Dry Tech – running crew, tech w no performers
Sitzprobe – orch + cast first time together
Q2Q – dress/tech where you just jump cue to cue
Dress Run -all the elements
Brush-up Rehearsal – ‘maintaining integrity’ deal
Put In Rehearsal – if actor is replaced
Opening Night and the Run – 🙂
production and rehearsal reports
(repeat) Includes attendance, what was accomplished or discussed, any notes that came up in rehearsal or the meeting, cuts, additions, changes, concerns – all broken down by area.
enter/exit plot
A Scene
Breakdown of
All Entrances
And Exits.
(why important)
The Pre-Show Post-Show Checklist
A list of
All the things
That must be done
Every night and when
cue sheet
(all the cues)
Deck and Rail
In this case.
Generated by
The Stage
Manager and
Used by the Fly
Operator or ASM
scene breakdown
who is on stage when?
props track sheet
What props
Go where,
With whom,
To where, and
When?
blocking notes
Who stands
Where and
When?

Groundplans
Offer visuals
To go with
Notes.

The Prompt Book and Binder
The book should be
Clear enough so that
Any other stage
Manager could pick it
Up and call the show.
Stand-by,
warning, and cues
All need to be
Recorded so that
They are called
Consistently every
Night.
the stage manager’s kit
Pen Pencil Sharpies Highlighters
Bandaid Tylenol Candy Aspirin
Flashlight Spike Tape Gaff Tape
Hygiene Products Glow Tape Tea
Lozenges First Aid Kit Safety Pins
Sewing Kit Tie Line Post-Its Erasers
Scissors Stapler Glue Stick Batteries
Measuring Tape Crescent Wrench
Dark Blue and Dark Red Lighting Gel
Visine Hand Sanitizer What else???