‘The great thing about Stage Management is that we really are at the centre of the communication of the development of a show. So you get to liaise and have interactions with everyone involved in the production, right from the director to all the technicians, to the production team, to the actors.’
The Stage Manager is in charge of everything on and off stage during performances, often working under pressure to ensure the production runs smoothly and to the highest possible standard. A typical career path to Stage Manager progresses from Assistant Stage Manager to Deputy Stage Manager, Stage Managers often continuing to become Company Stage Managers or Production Managers.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.
Vocational training in Stage Management is widely available in drama schools. Selection is by interview and GCSE and A Level/BTEC qualifications are a requirement of most courses, or previous experience in the theatre industry. Practical experience on school productions or with a local amateur theatre is an advantage when applying to drama schools. While people do enter the industry without formal training, your employment prospects are greatly enhanced if you’ve completed a recognised course.