Stage Managers

Stage Manager Speaks with Performers

The stage manager, or production stage manager or assistant stage manager, takes over the responsibilities of the director of a theatrical production when his or her job is done. The job begins before the production's first rehearsal. During that time, the stage manager acts as the representative of the director as well as a liaison between the cast and crew and the production’s management. He or she also coordinates when happens on stage.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Production Stage Managers; Assistant Stage Managers
Duties Coordinate what happens on stage; schedule and plan rehearsals; attend auditions; assure things go smoothly during performance; call the show; write reports regarding the show; coordinate between the cast and crew and the production management
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with high demand in major cities, such as New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director or Producer
  • Stage Manager for Major Production
  • Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager

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