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Stage management

Stage management is a broad field that is generally defined as the practice of organization and coordination of an event or theatrical production. Stage management may encompass a variety of activities including the overseeing of the rehearsal process and  coordinating communications among various production teams and personnel. Stage management requires a general understanding of all aspects of production and offers organisational support to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently.

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"A complete examination of the stage manager's job detailing involvement in all of the technical aspects of theater work; interface with playwright, directer, produce and designer; and ongoing role as the confidant, counselor and confessor to all involved in the production." This is a very well put together and extremely helpful book on stage management.

Contributed by Casey Giust

This is the Stage Managers Association website. It is a large community of Stage Managers all over the world and forms a great professional network.

Contributed by James Carey

This is the American Actor's Equity Document Library. It is a good source of the different rulebooks and contracts that Equity covers, how rehearsals and performances should be run and what rights the stage managers and actors have.

Contributed by James Carey

Here's a great site to see sample paperwork and speak with other stage managers if you have any questions

Contributed by Rachel Gonzalez

Call box/ Cue Console/ Calling script all very important tools in stage management.

Contributed by Rachel Gonzalez

There is no "Deputy Stage Manager" role in American Theatre, according to the Actor's Equity Handbook. The "Production Stage Manager" or PSM will typically "call the show" or give each of the cues to keep a show moving along. They cue technical crew members and sometimes cast, while following the orders of the director. The PSM calls actors to hold while technical problems are sorted out during Technical rehearsals or "Tech"(usually 2 weeks before a show opens), and determines where in the script to restart halted scenes.They will run the rehearsal space as far as starting, breaks and ending, however their main focus is to watch the show and make sure they understand every aspect of the performance as possible. They should be relatively replaceable in the rehearsal space so that they may be able to leave for meetings with designers and technicians if needed. Once in Tech it is the Production Stage Manager's responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page as far as what is happening in the space at all times. When moved from the rehearsal studio to the performance space the PSM will hand all responsibilities of the Stage or "Deck" to the Stage Manager or 1st Assistant, depending on the show. PSM is a separate position in some theaters, while in others there is only a Stage Manager and an Assistant, in which case the responsibilities of the PSM would then be assumed by the Stage Manager.

Contributed by Rachel Gonzalez

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