Stage Directors

Stage Director Gives Actress Instructions

Stage directors, or directors, bring theatrical productions to life. They take the words in scripts written by playwrights and help actors interpret them visually for the audience. They also oversee the design and production of the set, props, and costumes, either following descriptions in the script or creating their own vision for the play. They coordinate all creative aspects, including music, lighting, and other elements, and prepare shows for opening. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Directors
Duties Visually interpreting the script; guiding actors and actresses in their performances; coordinating all creative aspects of production; conducting rehearsals and preparing a show to open
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the United States, with high demand in culturally active cities such as New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Several years experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Drawing/Design
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Stage Director and Producer
  • Stage Director for First Class Production
  • Stage Director
  • Assistant Stage Director

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