Add to favourites If you have great organisational and people management skills, you would be suited to a career in theatre stage management Working as a theatre stage manager, you'll coordinate all aspects of a theatre company to ensure the successful delivery of the performance. In order to do this, you must have excellent people management skills. You'll manage rehearsals, actors, technicians, props and costume fittings, and liaise with front-of-house staff and the director.
What will I say? How will I fit all of stage Stage management into 2. Do these students really want to hear my ridiculous stories? If this is all the stage management instruction these students will get, what do they need to know?
As I approached my most recent guest lecture I thought long and hard about the fact that I learned stage management by doing stage management. Was there a way I could translate that into the classroom? I approached the class this time by dividing it into two or really three parts: When I was introduced to the class, it was quickly pointed out that there is a lot more work for stage managers than actors and a lot fewer people vying for those jobs.
With that in mind I quickly re-organized my lecture portion to Stage management about the things that I thought Stage management be of most use to them if they were going to stage manage a single fringe show, teach theatre at a high school level, or as a director have to work with a stage manager.
The amount of time spent on each subject was short. You cannot teach someone how to write blocking in 7 minutes.
You cannot discuss the nuances of note giving in 5 minutes. However, it was an overview and I had a few of my old prompt scripts with me to use as visual aids.
After a brief break we re-gathered and I handed everyone a 1 page scene. We made a props list for our scene and then found possible rehearsal props from within the class room.
We looked at who was in the scene for if we had to make a scene breakdown. As I played the video for the class, they wrote down the blocking. When the video ended, I asked them how they did with writing out their blocking.
Some were amazed at how fast they had to write. We looked at some solutions for those problems, and then I played the video for them a second time to allow them to catch any blocking they missed the first time around.
I read out a made up direction for the scene and asked them what sort of notes would need to be given to the different departments based on that note. To simulate paper tech, I handed out a sheet with four lighting cues and three sound cues for the scene.
The actual cues that were on the video. They were a mix of visual cues and cues taken off words. I gave everyone some time to write the cues into their script.
After five more minutes I asked how they had divided up their standbys. Some had two, others three, others four, and others yet had five. Potentially each of them. I explained again that stage management is as much an artform as a science.
There is no perfect measure for when a standby should be. The trick is that it needs to be early enough that the operator can stop doing something else and focus on what you are about to ask them to do.
Who wants to try calling this scene to the video? He called a pair of cues early and the rest of the class started to snicker. I chuckled for a moment and then explained that when the stage manager said go — regardless of if you as the operator thought that it was the right time — you pushed the button.
There were a couple of mouths that dropped open. I asked for another volunteer and one of the gals in the class who had previously stage managed one of their shows gave it a try. She came really close to getting all the cues but when she was finished she said that it was a really nervewracking thing.
During that time I imagine every single thing that could possibly go wrong. I still get nervous. But once things start going, the show has its own momentum, and I know to trust myself and the show.
Unionthe bathtub in Refuge of Lies, cancelling opening nights due to windsets falling apart on stage, leading crazy talkbacksand the way I scale problems by what type of baking it will take to solve them.
I also took questions about joining Equity, getting jobs and cheap ways to see shows in Vancouver.The Stage Manager is the head of the stage crew, so advancement in this position would mean getting hired by a more prestigious venue or receiving a boost in wages.
Education & Training “Stage Managers of major American symphonies are tech-based rather than musical-based,” Kerins says, so a deep knowledge of music isn’t necessary. STAGE MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK 6" " Remember that each director is unique in the details of their process but each will expect the Stage Manager to manage rehearsals, know the show in detail and offer support in the process.
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The Stage Management BFA program prepares students for professional careers in stage and production management. Students develop an artistic sensibility, a strong working knowledge of technical production, and effective organizational and management skills to orchestrate the smooth execution of a production. The stage manager and the technical director also work out a smooth and efficient plan for the stage crew to follow during set changes. The stage management intern will observe the daily duties of CTC’s stage management team: the set up of the rehearsal hall, both the overall and the daily production paperwork, the running of the rehearsals themselves and the outside communication and collaboration with the designers and production staff.
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The Stage Management program is a pre-professional program designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the theatre or to continue their education at the graduate level. B.F.A. students have the opportunity to stage manage or assistant stage manage a production each semester.