What is a Stage Manager?

The stage manager is at the core of every successful theatre production. He or she organises, manages and runs rehearsals and performances; researches and procures the props and furniture; and provides a creative information flow between the production and design departments.
Here’s a breakdown of the roles:

Stage Manager (SM)

  • Has overall responsibility for the stage management team and their training, but should be prepared to do any and all work within the team’s remit.
  • Oversees auditions, and provides and furnishes rehearsal space with a mark up, rehearsal props, furniture and elements of the set at the director’s discretion.
  • Co-ordinates the information flow between all departments.
  • Oversees the rehearsal process, company calls and overtime payments pertaining to union agreements.
  • Ensures rehearsals comply with the Health and Safety policy.
  • Organises and participates in the research, procurement and safe storage of props, furniture and set dressing, and their safe return.
  • Manages the stage management budget.
  • Runs the technical rehearsal in liaison with the director, production manager and deputy stage manager.
  • Responsible for the health and well-being of the company, and all aspects of the show during the run (including maintaining the quality of performance).
  • Organises and manages the safe return of props and furniture.

 

Deputy Stage Manager (DSM)

  • Assists with auditions and preparation of rehearsal room.
  • Compiles provisional props list in conjunction with stage manager and assistant stage manager.• Sets up and runs rehearsals daily.
  • Responsible for blocking, prompting and distributing rehearsal notes and call sheets daily.
  • Keeps record of performers’ hours with respect to union agreement.
  • Compiles and distributes setting plots, running plots and cue synopsis.
  • Advises stage manager of any Health and Safety issues within rehearsals.
  • Cues show during the technical rehearsal, dresses and the run.
  • Writes up the show report after every performance to assist in maintaining discipline and quality of performance and technical standards throughout the run.
  • Ensures all running plots are appended to the prompt copy at the end of the run.
  • Assists with the safe return of props and furniture.
  • May be required to deputise for the stage manager.

 

Assistant Stage Manager (ASM)

  • Assists with auditions and preparation of rehearsal room.
  • Participates in the procurement of props, furniture and set dressing.
  • Covers rehearsals if necessary.
  • Works within the allocated stage management budget.
  • Has a major responsibility for the setting of props and backstage work during the run, which frees up the stage manager to troubleshoot.
  • Assists with the safe return of props and furniture.
  • May be required to deputise for the deputy stage manager.