Company Stage Manager
As the job-title suggests, the role combines that of Stage Manager and Company Manager. It is very diverse, overseeing the management of the production and being in charge of everything on and off stage during performances.
- Managing the technical aspects of the production
- Pastoral care of the company
- Completing administrative tasks, including legal and contractual work
- Paying the cast and production staff
- Stage Management: The Essential Handbook by Gail Pallin, 2010
- The Stage Guide to Stage Management by Barbara Eifler, 2008
- Basics – A Beginner’s Guide to Stage Management by Peter Colemen, 2007
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.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.