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Stage Management: The Essential Handbook

Stage Management: The Essential Handbook

By Gail Pallin
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420144, 176 pages, February 2010


The highly successful 'Bible for any stage manager', now in a revised and updated edition.

The stage manager is at the core of every successful theatre production: organising, managing and running rehearsals and performances; researching and procuring the props and furniture; and providing a creative information flow between the production and design departments.

This handbook is for students, graduates and all those who aspire to stage management, whether amateur or professional, on a large or small scale. Complete with charts and helpful checklists, it takes the reader through a typical production, week by week.

Other useful topics covered are:

  • Team dynamics and job roles
  • Theatre unions
  • Health and Safety legislation
  • The job market
  • Stage management tech
  • Production templates
  • Management techniques and interpersonal skills

As well as updated information and resources throughout, this new edition includes two brand new chapters: case studies of professional stage managers and producers working in the field, and an essay on creativity in stage management.

'A comprehensive guide for the aspiring stage manager' Alan Ayckbourn