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Introduction to Stage Management Part One

Created by Karen Loftus

In this course, instructor Karen Loftus explores the responsibilities of a stage manager. You'll learn exercises that will help you demonstrate those responsibilities and the necessary skills of a stage manager to your students. You'll learn how to train your students to serve as stage managers for your school’s productions.

The course takes you through what a stage manager does prior to rehearsal and throughout the rehearsal and performance process to have a smooth-running backstage. It includes learning about the paperwork required, including prompt scripts, rehearsal preparations, notating blocking, and a stage manager’s kit and checklist to wrap it all together.

8 Modules
1 hours, 16 minutes
3 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 4:28 FREE PREVIEW
Lesson 1: What is Stage Management? 6:21 FREE PREVIEW
In this lesson you’ll learn a working definition of stage management that will guide the rest of the lessons. You’ll also learn the benefits of having student Stage Managers in your program.
Lesson 2: Paperwork & Prompt Script 11:55
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! This lesson will explain the various types of paperwork a Stage Manager creates, why they’re necessary, and how they’re used. Each form is explained and examples are provided.
Lesson 3: Preparing for Rehearsal 14:34
Preparing for rehearsal includes communication with the cast and setting up the rehearsal space. In this lesson you’ll learn about ways your Stage Managers can gather information and be as prepared as possible for rehearsals.
Lesson 4: Rehearsal Responsibilities 9:32
In lesson 4 you’ll learn about the Stage Manager’s responsibilities during rehearsal including starting and ending on time, taking notes, and being on book.
Lesson 5: Blocking & Tracking 12:25
This lesson focuses primarily on how a Stage Manager notates blocking and tracks items that are using in a show. You’ll learn one specific blocking notation technique and you’ll receive examples of various types of preset, running, and shift sheets.
Lesson 6: Outside Rehearsal and Challenges 12:15
Stage Managers can have responsibilities outside of rehearsal as well including costume fittings and publicity events. In this lesson you’ll learn how your Stage Managers can be a part of these events and how you can set up your student Stage Managers for success overall.
Lesson 7: The Final Checklist 5:19
In our final lesson, we’ll recap all that we’ve learned throughout the course.

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Standards Addressed

Florida Sunshine State Standards

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Costume

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of costume

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Sound

1 - demonstrate understanding of the purpose of stage sound

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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