THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF STAGE MANAGEMENT
1. Thou Shalt Be Prepared.
2. Know Thy Contacts.
3. Taketh Good Notes, and Giveth Good Notes...
4. Know Thy Blocking Language and Abbreviations.
5. Go Forth and Make it Fun.
6. Thou Shalt Be Accountable.
7. Thou Shalt Stay Classy.
8. Be Thou Courteous.
9. Thou Shalt Not Gossip!
10. Know Thy Tech!
***If you don't feel comfortable Stage Managing yet, ask a current SM to be one of their Assistant Stage Managers (ASMs). The job is not as scary as it seems!
WHAT IS STAGE MANAGEMENT?
Stage Management, in simple terms, is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. The stage manager is in charge of keeping constant communication with the director, actors and those on the production team. Their main responsibiity is to have as smooth of a production as possible.
Some key responsibilities of the Stage Manager includes:
Stage Managers also record blocking, plus light cues, sound cues, and set change cues in a master copy of the script known as the prompt book. When in doubt, be overorganized. You'll thank yourself during tech week.
Once the show opens, it is essentially the Stage Manager's job to run the show how it has been rehearsed with the director for every production until it closes.