Stage Management

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MFA training in theatre begins with URTA! At the URTAs, you can audition and interview with our 43 member universities all in one place, on a single day. Why navigate dozens of different applications, fees, appointments, and travel when you can get it all done at the URTAs? Choose your city—New York, Chicago, or San Francisco—and register to be seen by our recruiters in either acting, design, directing, stage management, or arts leadership. Our nationally ranked member schools boast professional faculty, a commitment to the highest standards in professional, graduate training, and are peer-reviewed on a continuing basis. Most also offer various forms of financial assistance. Graduates of URTA programs are working on Broadway, in top theatres across the country, in film, television, and bey...

How to Tape a Circle – Ruth’s Method

BY RUTH KRAMER via www.stagemanagers.org The taped out rehearsal room of “Tuck Everlasting” at Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute. Photo by Elynmarie Kazle To tape a circle using this method, without string, chalk or plotting multiple points, you need two people, a roll of spike tape, and a metal tape measure (the almost square kind that locks and has a flat bottom, enabling it to stand up by itself.) The only two measurements you need are the coordinates of the center point of the circle, and the length of the circle’s radius. Locate the center point of the circle and place a good size dot or an “X” on the floor. One person sits at the center of the circle holding the “zero” end of the tape measure on the center point. That person’s job is to hold it there, and allow the tape measure t...

OPINION: Will there ever be a Tony Award for Stage Management?

BY MATTHEW STERN via www.stagemanagers.org The 2017-18 Broadway season is officially in the rearview mirror and culminated in the Tony Awards a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the season and about stage managers.  Because stage management is what I think about. And I wondered why there isn’t a Tony Award for the stage manager? Our industry honors so many in our industry, but on its special nationally televised night. There is no stage management acknowledgement. In fact, there is no annual stage management award at any of the big ceremonies: Drama Desks, Obies, Outer Circle Critics, Lortels, etc… It would be great to be recognized, of course; but we stage managers don’t make the cut. Why? Here are my six reasons why stage managers don’t get awards #1. Awards focus on what...

A Day in the Life of Hamilton’s Stage Manager

BY MARC J. FRANKLIN via www.playbill.com By the time Hamilton’s Amber White takes her perch in the stage manager’s booth at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, an entire theatrical engine has been hard at work, ready to cross its final hurdle: show time. Following her through her daily workload, we see what it takes to raise the curtain on Broadway each night. Hamilton production stage manager Amber White Marc J. Franklin After a long day of preparation, the company stands in the wings. Patrons shuffle into their seats. White sits before her script. With her call, the lights on the stage fade as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical comes to life for yet another performance. Hamilton‘s stage management officeMarc J. Franklin Bringing a show to the stage nightly requires a complex ecosystem of cast a...

SEEKING IMMEDIATE FEMALE ASM REPLACEMENT – Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede Repertory Theatre has lost a female Assistant Stage Manager and needs an immediate replacement. Starts as early as this week (June 12th) and runs through August 26th. This is a multi-show track running in rep. Non-Equity Position replacing female in a shared female housing situation. Email devonmukosm@gmail.com with resume and cover letter for specific contract information.    

Stage Manager 101: Who We Are & Why We’re Important

via www.onstageblog.com   Cristina D’Almeida What does a Stage Manager do? It’s the hardest question I’m asked and one that people ask me almost every time I tell a person that I “SM” productions. I always struggle with where to start because there is literally so many aspects of the job. It is such a complex department of the theatre world and there is no single answer to the question. This is my approach and hopefully, I can offer some useful tips to all of you stage managers out there. For me, I usually like to start with discussing the rehearsal period for a stage manager because it is the longest period and one where you really learn the show and the working elements it takes to make the production come to life. One of the first jobs you have as a stage ma...