3rd Edition

The Stage Manager's Toolkit Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

By Laurie Kincman Copyright 2021
    346 Pages 160 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 160 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Stage Manager’s Toolkit, Third Edition provides a comprehensive account of the role of the stage manager for live theatre with a focus on both written and verbal communication best practices.

    The book outlines the duties of the stage manager and assistant stage manager throughout a production, discussing not only what to do but why. It also identifies communication objectives for each phase of production, paperwork to be created, and the necessary questions to be answered in order to ensure success. This third edition includes:

    • an updated look at digital stage management tools including script apps, cloud storage, and social media practices;
    • a new discussion on creating a healthy and safe rehearsal space;
    • updated paperwork examples;
    • new information on Equity practices for the student and early career stage managers.

    Written for the stage management student and early career stage manager, this book is a perfect companion to any university Stage Management course.

    A companion website hosts customizable paperwork templates, instructional video, links to additional information, teacher tools for each individual chapter, and a bonus chapter on teaching stage management.

    1. Avenues of Communication  2. Principles of Document Design  3. Pre-production  4. The Prompt Book  5. Rehearsals  6. Technical Rehearsals  7. Performances  8. Next Steps


    Laurie Kincman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, heading the undergraduate emphases in stage management and arts administration. She also serves as the department’s production manager. Her professional credits as a stage manager and production manager include work with the Old Globe Theatre, Malashock Dance & Company, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Opera Pacific, the California Ballet Company, American Stage Festival, and for choreographers Jessica Iwanson and Donald McKayle. Laurie is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Production Manager’s Forum, the Stage Manager’s Association, and Actors’ Equity Association.