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Stage manager

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Margherita Dore

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of Stage manager

Duties
Advantages and disadvantages
Advantages:
high salary
organize everything
without stage manager there is no show
work quite all the day in the teather
Salary and hours
Hours
long and unsocial.
meetings and rehearsals take place during the day
during performances work in the evening.
last to leave the venue late at night.
travel to different venues on tour

Salary: depend on theater size
July 2010, stage manager salaries range from $26,000 to $45,000 in performing arts entertainment
From $30,000 to $49,000 in television broadcasting.
$2,717 per week in Broadway
In houses with under 200 seats making a range of $539 to $561
200 to 250 seats, $738
300 to 350, $997
351 to 499, $1,119

Definition
Stage managers typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. The stage manager is especially important in rehearsal: his or her presence allow the director to concentrate completely on directing.
Education
Stage manager
Skills and advice
recording director's decision
keepping track of logistical and scheduling details
scheduling and running rehearsal
communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people
coordinating the work of the stage crew
calling cues and actors'entrances during perfomance
overseeing the entire show each time it's performed
making sure everyone involved is notified of rehearsal times, meetings, costume/wig fittings and coaching sessions.
marking out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall
making sure rehearsal props and furnishings are available for the actors
attending all rehearsals
notifying the designers and crafts people of changes made in rehearsal
working out with the technical director a smooth and efficient plan for the stage crew to follow during set changes.
making sure, when the show starts, that every aspect of the production runs just as the director intended time after time, until the production closes.
There is no absolute degree requirement, but post-secondary education help one's chances in the job market.
Baccalaureate degree in theater performance or theater management
Knowledge of sets, costumes and lighting
Study direction
Stage Management
Theater Management
The Art of Directing
Dramatic Criticism
Management in Stage Production
Human Resources Issues in Theater
Likeable leader
Have director's best interests at heart
Stay calm
Know crew well enough to anticipate problem
Be a drill sergeant and a cheerleader
Apologize when you do a mistake and keep going
a keen interest in theater and performing arts
excellent planning, organizational and leadership skills
great communication and 'people skills'
confidence and decision making ability
the ability to multi-task and 'think on your feet'
a driving license, for collecting props and scenery also touring
patience and tact
calmness under pressure
a high level of attention to detail
good IT and budget management skills
awareness of health and safety.
average salary in December 2013 $58,000

Disadvantages:
pressure
must work a lot of time ( quite all the day)
blame on you
during show run must check everything is OK and call cues
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