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Stage Manager’s Handbook v4 2017
The stage managers provides practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. The role of the stage manager is especially important to the director in rehearsals. Here the director and the stage manager work side by side with the stage manager recording the director’s decisions about blocking and notes for the actors. They are also tasked with keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating them to the rest of the team. This enables the director to concentrate his or her full attention on directing.
Stage managers have several key responsibilities and tasks to perform in each phase of a production, including but not limited to:
- scheduling and running rehearsals
- communicating the director’s wishes to designers and crafts people
- coordinating the work of the stage crew
- calling cues and possibly actors’ entrances during performance
- overseeing the entire show each time it is performed
The stage manager and the technical director also work out a smooth and efficient plan for the stage crew to follow during set changes. Furniture and prop plans for complicated sets are drawn up by the stage manager and scenic designer to show exactly where the furniture and props are to be positioned on stage at the beginning of each scene and sometimes in the wings.
The stage manager creates and distributes reports for all rehearsals and performances ensuring that each member of the production team on the same page.
Once the show opens, the director’s work is essentially complete. Now it is the stage manager’s job to ensure that every aspect of the production runs just as the artistic team intended.
It is expected of each stage manager to attend auditions, rehearsals, production meetings (as possible) performances and strike. Stage managers are the key player and go to person for the entire production.
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The ASM is often stationed just offstage to facilitate communication between the stage manager and actors, as well as ensuring safety. During rehearsals, the ASM will be delegated tasks by the SM. These task can be, but not limited to:
- Following Lines and taking/distributing line notes
- Tracking props, scenery and/or costumes
- Sweep, mop and stage prep
- Fill in for SM when required
The ASM often helps with complex set changes, quick changes offstage, or preparing the stage for performance. ASMs are expected to attend most of rehearsals the first weeks of rehearsals, all rehearsals in the final two weeks, all tech, performances and strike.