In professional theatre the Stage Manager's function is to facilitate. The stage manager provides a central point of communication and support for all of the creative departments (i.e.: lighting, sound, set design, properties, special effects design, etc.) as they all work together to realize the director's "vision" of the new show. During rehearsals the cast and crew are added to the process as the stage manager continues to refine his understanding of the what the director wants the show to become. Come opening night, the stage manager becomes 100% responsible for every aspect of the show. His job is to "maintain the artistic integrity of the performances" and to maintain the master prompt script for as long as the show runs. He "calls" the performance cues to all of the tech departments, is responsible for (and to) the actors, is in charge of replacement rehearsals in the cast (if that becomes necessary) and all understudy rehearsals. In fact, after opening, if the director wants to call a brush-up rehearsal or even assemble the cast to give notes on a performance, he will schedule it through the stage manager.
A Stage Manager's guide created by Emporia State University Theatre Dept. to outline duties for stage managers at this Kansas University. Site also contains download links for some entertaining, related PDF files.
A feature on stage management techniques featuring interviews with professionals
An open forum for stage managers to discuss their craft. Discuss theatrical venues at all levels of experience, employment possibilities as well as offstage matters.
Online networking site for stage managers and other theatre production professionals. This membership site provides forums, job listings, resources and networking tools. Basic membership is free for individuals with professional theatre experience.
UK based membership organization for stage managers. There are qualification requirements to join. Site provides paid members details on its programs and services, workshops, publications, links and contacts.
Based in the UK. Offers technical and production services. Includes job vacancies.
Easy online rehearsal scheduling software for stage managers. Free Trial Available.
For stage managers all over the world working in plays, musicals and opera.
U.S. based membership organization for stage managers. There are qualification requirements to join. Paid members have access to job listings, forum and membership directory.
An entertaining article containing "holy commandments" on how a good stage manager can become even better.
Handles theatre management tasks. An online application that performs production scheduling, artist management, and your show bible.
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