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Job Description

A Stage Manager is responsible for making live stage performances run smoothly, especially sets, equipment and props.  They organise aspects of rehearsals and shows and make sure that all the staff and performers are in the right place at the right time.

Entry Requirements

A broad knowledge of stage management.

Although there are no set requirements, a diploma, foundation degree, or degree in a relevant subject is usually required.

Relevant subjects include: 

  • stage management
  • theatre studies
  • theatre practice
  • technical theatre
  • performing arts

You would  normally also require stage work experience - as a stagehand for example. Relevant experience can be obtained a from student, amateur or community theatre, or by working / volunteering as a casual stagehand in a local theatre.

You could potentially come stage management after training as an actor, or by working your way up through other backstage work. 

This role is accessible through an apprenticeship too.

Required Skills

You'll require:

  • good organisational skills
  • an eye for detail
  • ability to manage people effectively
  • good problem solving abilities
  • calmness when under pressure
  • excellent communication skills
  • a good sense of humour!
  • to be physically fit

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £45,000

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