Stage Management

Stage Management

Stage Management - Get Involved

Stage Management is a fantastic way to really get involved in a play if you're not keen on being on the stage itself, or if you're great at organising and managing complex projects.  

It also one of the most key roles in any production, and we are always on the lookout for talented stage managers to help make our productions even better!

We're really keen for students and professionals looking for more experience to get involved, and have seen many of our members go onto careers in the industry.

What does a stage manager do?

The key skills of a stage manager are to be able to take control, and to be the most organised person in the theatre.  

It is an especially important role to the director in rehearsals. The director and the stage manager work side by side, with the stage manager writing down the director's decisions about blocking, staging and notes for the actors.  They also keep track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals 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:

  • helping to schedule and run 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

In conjunction with the director, the stage manager determines the scheduling of all rehearsals and makes sure everyone involved is notified of rehearsal times. During the rehearsal phase, stage managers also:

  • make sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
  • attend all rehearsals
  • notify the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal

In rehearsals the stage manager also records all blocking, plus all the light, sound and set change cues as they are discussed, in a master copy of the script called the prompt book. The information in the prompt book also allows the stage manager to run the technical rehearsals, calling each technical cue in turn to determine precisely how it needs to be timed to coordinate with the onstage action.

The stage manager also works 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 to show exactly where the furniture and props are to be positioned on stage at the beginning of each scene.

Once the show opens, the director's work is essentially complete. It becomes the stage manager's job to make sure that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.

 

How do I get involved?

Get in touch!   You can email us at info@putneyartstheatre.org.uk or fill in the form below and someone will get in touch.

The best way to find out what we're doing is to become a member.  Members of Putney Theatre Company can be involved in any aspect of the theatre which interests them, on or off-stage. 

PTC membership can be cast in any Putney Theatre Company show (although you do not have to be a member to audition), plus you can get involved in a range of activities on and off stage, including rehearsed readings, workshops and social events. You will also receive our regular members' newsletter, Typecast.  

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