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Updated in its 10thedition, Stage Managementoffers readers a practical manual on how to stage manage in all theatre environments. Revered as the authoritative resource for stage management, this text is rich with practical resources, including checklists, diagrams, examples, forms and step-by-step directions. Stage Managementeschews excessive discussion of philosophy and gets right to the essential materials and processes of putting on a production. In addition to sharing his own expertise, Stern has gathered practical advice from working stage managers of Broadway, off-Broadway, touring companies, regional, community, and 99-seat Equity waiver theaters.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Making Things Run Smoothly


Chapter 2 Characteristics of a Good Stage Manager

Attributes of Good Stage Managers

Communication/Management Skills


Chapter 3 Getting the Play and Understanding It

The Promptbook

Understanding the Script


Area Lighting Diagrams

Entrances and Exits

Pronunciation Questions

Special Effects


Chapter 4 Scheduling and Company Rules

The Master Calendar

Staff Meetings

Rehearsal Schedules

Company Rules

The Callboard


Chapter 5 Getting Acquainted with Your Theater

Who Does What?

Personal Equipment for Stage Managers

Begin Box

Stage Diagrams

Circuit Breakers

Diagram of Lighting Instruments

Information Packets


Chapter 6 Expediting Auditions and Readings

Working with Actors

Accepting Resumes

Controlling Scripts

Obtaining Information

Controlling Forms

Preparing a Cast List

Conducting the Deputy Election

First Cast Meeting or Read-Through


Chapter 7 Budgeting


Chapter 8 Rehearsal Procedures

Working with the Director During Rehearsal

Preset Diagrams

Rehearsals Away from Your Stage

Your Rehearsal Call

Rehearsal Duties

Keeping Track of Rehearsals

Accident Prevention and Reports

Keeping a Do-List

Avoiding Rehearsal Problems


Chapter 9 Keeping the Cast on Time

Sheets

The Calls


Chapter 10 Department Management and Property Management

The Stage Manager as Coordinator of Departments

Property Forms


Chapter 11 Supervision of Shifts

Shift Plot Charts


Crew Briefing

Scene Dock

Shift Inspection

Scene Shift Diagrams

Audience Caution

Distribution of Scene Diagrams

Upkeep of Sets


Chapter 12 Running the Technical Rehearsal


Chapter 13 Running the Show


Giving Cues

Cueing Equipment

Timing Curtain Calls

Walking the Curtain

Access to the Control Booth


Chapter 14 Working with the House Manager

Duties of the House Manager

Blood-Borne Pathogens

Rotating Duty Rosters

VIP Lists


Chapter 15 Keeping the Show in Hand

Long-Run “Improvements”

Cast Morale

Blocking Replacements and Rehearsing Understudies

Upkeep of Sets and Costumes


Chapter 16 Closing and Moving/Touring

Strike Plan

Changeover Schedule

Moving the Show


Chapter 17 Fire/Evacuation


Stage Manager’s Fire/Evacuation Checklist




Chapter 18 Working with Unions


Chapter 19 Organizing Information

Local Theater

Newspapers, Magazines, and Internet Info

Guides to Goods and Services

Contact File


Keeping Current with the Technology of Theater

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

Police, Fire, and Municipal Regulations



Chapter 20 Correspondence

A Letter to the Next Stage Manager


Letters of Recommendation

Thank-You Notes


Chapter 21 Getting a Job

Your First Job as Stage Manager


Personal Mailing List

Long-Range Goals


Appendix A

Production Checklist from a Stage Manger’s Point of View


Appendix B



Appendix C

A Few Theater Stories


Appendix D

Website of Interest to Stage Managers


Appendix E

What Would You Do?



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