A stage manager works with a director and other artists to keep a production organized and on schedule. They help to run rehearsals, making sure artists take breaks and know when to arrive and what to prepare. When a production opens, the stage manager communicates with the team to keep people on schedule, pass on any notes from the director, and make sure the production continues as the director and designers envisioned. The stage manager has to have an understanding of design and technical theatre, as they "call the show" by telling the technicians when to change the lighting, sound, scenery, and other design elements. They are usually employed by a theatre on a per-show contract basis, although some theatres utilize the same stage managers for every production. Stage managers often have degrees in technical theatre or production, although you can major in stage management at some colleges and universities.
About the Video: Jereme Kyle Lewis, Stage Manager
Jereme Kyle Lewis offers us a glimpse into the organized chaos that is stage management. Jereme deftly shows us how stage managers keep a production together, including pre-production paperwork, putting in light cues, "playing the parent" to actors, and making sure the director's vision is maintained throughout the run of a show. All this work turned out to be a perfect fit with Jereme's organized personality. He also invites us to follow him backstage and see him working in action during the Ahmanson Theatre production of The Trip to Bountiful.
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