Stage Manager

Stage managers are responsible for ensuring that theatre productions run according to plan. They ensure that performers are prepared and waiting in the wings on time for their scheduled appearances, and that set changes, sound and lighting run according to plan.

The position of stage manager is an extremely responsible one, with actors and technicians reporting to this person. Stage managers are assisted by assistant stage managers, props masters / mistresses, stagehands, wardrobe masters / mistresses and dressers. They work closely with directors, producers, sound and lighting technicians and technical managers.


  • privately owned theatres

  • television and film industry

  • Performing Arts Councils

Getting Started

  • try to obtain theatre experience by assisting the producers of school and community plays

  • arrange to speak to stage managers about this type of career and ask permission to watch them work

  • attend professional productions to observe successful stage management in action


Ndejje University, South African School of Motion Picture, The Open Window School of Visual Communication, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, University of the Witwatersrand

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