Stage Management offers 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. 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. In its 11th edition, the book is now fully in color and updated to include new information on Equity contracts, social media applications in stage management, and working with high school productions.
This book is written for Stage Management courses in university Theatre programs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Making Things Run Smoothly
Chapter 2: Characteristics of a Good Stage Manager
Chapter 3: Getting the Play and Understanding It
Chapter 4: Scheduling and Company Rules
Chapter 5: Getting Acquainted with your Theatre
Chapter 6: Expediting Auditions and Readings
Chapter 7: Budgeting
Chapter 8: Rehearsal Procedures
Chapter 9: Keeping the Cast On Time
Chapter 10: Department Management and Property Management
Chapter 11: Supervision of Shifts
Chapter 12: Running the Technical Rehearsal
Chapter 13: Running the Show
Chapter 14: Working with the House Manager
Chapter 15: Keeping the Show in Hand
Chapter 16: Closing and Moving/Touring
Chapter 17: Fire/Evacuation
Chapter 18: Working with Unions
Chapter 19: Organizing Information
Chapter 20: Correspondence
Chapter 21: Getting a Job
Lawrence Stern learned basic stage management at Eldred Hall Theatre (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH), where he earned an MA in Theatre. While serving in the Air Force, he was the manager of the Armed Forces Radio Television Station on Crete (Iraklion Air Station) and directed the base little theatre at Offutt AFB, NB, and Iraklion Air Station. He stage managed for years in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area (Tustin Playhouse, Actors Studio West, Equity Library Theatre, Players Ring Gallery, Las Palmas, Huntington Hartford, Greek) and Sacramento (Music Circus) before turning to directing, writing and teaching.
Jill Gold has been an Equity stage manager for over 30 years. Based in Los Angeles, Jill has toured the U.S. and Canada with shows such as Wicked, City of Angels and Les Miserables, and visited Germany and Austria with Sisterella. With over 150 shows to her credit, she is grateful to her "home" theatres: the Pasadena Playhouse (36 shows), McCoy Rigby Entertainment (26 shows), Sacramento Music Circus (12 shows), Reprise (22 shows) and the Geffen Playhouse (11 shows). Jill also teaches Stage Management at her alma mater, Occidental College. Thanks to her family, Phil, Hailey, Colleen and Kringle.
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