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Stage Manager

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Stage Manager
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€25 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Supervises and manages the running of the stage area during a theatrical performance.


The Work header image

Stage Managers are the link between all the different parts of a theatre company. They bring all elements of performance together at the right time.  
 
Stage managers usually start off as assistants and then take on more responsibility. Assistant Stage Managers (ASM) obtain and prepare props, arrange costume fittings, deal with scene changes and remind actors about rehearsal times.  
 
An ASM can progress to the more responsible position of deputy stage manager (DSM). The DSM notes all script changes and records all the actions of actors. This information is used to co-ordinate sound effects and scene and lighting changes. The DSM calls actors/actresses for rehearsals and costume fittings. During the performance the DSM prompts actors/actresses and cues lighting, sound and technical stage effects.  
 
Both the ASM and DSM are answerable to the Stage Manager (SM), who is ultimately responsible for the smooth co-ordination of the performance. In large theatres, this may involve working in a control box and using an intercom to communicate with lighting and sound technicians.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crewmembers.

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Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.

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Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.

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Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.

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Compile cue words and phrases, and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.

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Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.

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Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.

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Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes, or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.

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Select plays or scripts for production, and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.

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Study and research scripts to determine how they should be directed.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should have practical skills and artistic flair. Like all managers, you need to be a good communicator and capable of working in a team. You will have to use your own initiative. You must be completely committed to the theatre, as pay is low and hours long and unsocial. You must be able to remain calm under pressure and have good organisational skills.


Entry Routesheader image

Entry is possible with a range of different qualifications, but certain subject areas may increase your chances of success i.e. Drama or Theatre Studies; performing Arts; Music. Relevant courses in drama and theatre studies, and stage management /technical theatre up to degree level, are available. Employers will typically also expect some practical, or performance-related experience.

Last Updated: October, 2014


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Concerts Director - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Deputy Stage Manager - from:  YouTube Video
Go..Stage Management at The Lir - from:  YouTube [Video]
Go..Stage Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Stage Manager - from:  YouTube Video
Go..Stage manager, theatre - from:  GradIreland
Go..Stage Technician - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Stagehand - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: National Theatre of Ireland
  Address: Abbey Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 887 2200
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Irish Actors Equity Group (SIPTU)
  Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 6403
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Abbey Theatre
  Address: 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 887 2200
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Olympia Theatre
  Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 679 3323
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Gate Theatre
  Address: 1 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 874 4085
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Gaiety Theatre
  Address: South King Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 679 5622
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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