STAGE MANAGEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
A program for Students, Teachers, Schools, and Theaters
Call the show from backstage!
Note technical cues during rehearsals!
Join the ranks of the backstage Ninjas!
The mission of the Stage Management Training Academy is to challenge and encourage students through the advancement and exploration of theatrical education in stage management.
Fiona, AGE 13, lead stage manager for 'Beauty and the BEAST'
benefits of stage management
Within a classroom, traits such as focus, initiative, and leadership are sought after in students – though there is little done to cultivate and grow those traits. Stage Management offers what a classroom cannot – real scenarios for growth. In rehearsals, a stage manager must have an eye on everything at once – the crew member moving set pieces, the actor practicing blocking, and the director talking about new props they want. When calling a show you have to know how to organize your cues, watch for possible dangers, and keep everything running smoothly. It helps with the organization of notes, quick decision making, and problem solving. We have watched shy and quiet students become fearless leaders with loud and powerful voices.
Even in some theaters, the role of the stage manager can be unclear. Why have a stage manager if you have a theatre manager? Why have a stage manager if you have an assistant director? Much like this program, stage managers can be molded to your theatre. They help with rehearsals by taking notes of everything that happens, they check in with crew departments to keep everything on track, and at the end of the night, you get a rehearsal report so everyone is on the same page. They run production meetings, drive rehearsals, keep the show moving along to opening, and watch each show to call cues and report any hiccups. Stage Managers are the key to collaborative theaters and smooth productions.
We’re sure many jobs offer themselves to making people more observant, better able to judge circumstances, maybe even more advanced problem solvers – but we’re still waiting for a job that rivals those skills with the level that stage managers posses. The skills you need and learn as a stage manager are transferable through all walks of life. Being a good problem solver, good in stressful situations, and being able to manage time and people will serve you for decades to come. Promise.