Stage Management Basics, second edition, offers a deep dive into the basics of stage management for theatre, dance, and opera productions.
Without assuming any intrinsic prior knowledge of the theatrical field and its associated, specialized terminology, this book covers every aspect of stage management, from reading a script, meeting with a director and theatre staff, and running auditions to communication best practices and opening night protocol. This new edition features brand new chapters on opera, dance, and unions, information on working with intimacy and fight directors, updated tips and tricks, and vibrant color images.
Using simple language and detailed explanations, this book is the perfect primer for the beginning stage management student.
The companion website contains blank form templates, chapter comprehension tests, a suggested reading list, glossary flashcards, and more.
Introduction, 1. Traits of a Stage Manager, 2. The Theatre, 3. The People, 4. The Stage Management Team, 5. Safety, 6. Pre-Production, 7. Promptbook and Paperwork, 8. Meetings and Communication, 9. Rehearsals, 10. Prior to Tech, 11. Technical and Dress Rehearsals, 12. Performances and Beyond, 13. Unions, 14. Opera, 15. Dance, Conclusion (Standby)