As a Stage Manager, you are responsible for organizing rehearsals, running performances, and keeping everyone and everything on track and in sync. To do the job well, you need to be a communication wizard—able to collect a wide range of details and share them as effectively as possible. The Stage Manger’s Toolkit is more than another overview book which generalizes how to be a Stage Manager. It presents the day-to-day duties in detail—discussing not only what to do but also why. Focusing on communication best practices, the book explores objectives, paperwork, and the questions that need to be asked in order to ensure a smooth production whether on Broadway, at a university, or somewhere in between.
Introduces strategies for sharing information both in person and in writing
Explores how document design can enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of your reports, charts, and lists
Contains principles for web-based information sharing as well as hard-copy paperwork
Provides customizable paperwork templates on the accompanying website, allowing you to put the ideas to work on your own show
Organized based on the chronology of a typical theatre production: pre-production work, rehearsals, the tech period, performances, and post-production duties. In each section, the book outlines the objectives for the stage manager and the communication techniques that will ensure success.
Provides examples of paperwork a stage manager commonly works with, including variations for plays and musicals, shortcuts for shows on an abbreviated time table, and strategies for maintaining consistency and legibility. The book highlights differences the stage manager may encounter when working on professional and academic productions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My first look through this book and I can tell you that I will use it for my next course on Stage Management. It even talks about formatting documents on the computer. The content is extremely relevant and up to date, which is difficult to find in a stage management book. So far so good.
This is a great book for the beginning stage manager. I purchased it for a class and found it to be very helpful and insightful. It had some pretty useful templates to build paperwork off of, and had great information on the duties and expectations of the stage manager throughout the preproduction period, rehearsals, and performances. Some of the pictures and visuals seem outdated, but other than that, it is a great resource.
Just got hired as a stage manager and I am a complete novice I only worked as an assistant. This book was great for all levels stage management.
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