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.
Schooling & School Subjects
Degree: Various relevant degrees including courses such as Drama, Theatre Arts, Performance Studies, are offered at eg: RU, UFS, Wits, UCT, US, UP, UKZN
Diploma: City Varsity (Cape Town), DUT, TUT, Waterfront T S
Many stage managers learn their skills on the job and with experience.
National Arts Council
P O Box 500
Tel: (011) 838-1383 Fax: (011) 838-6363
National Television and Video Association of South Africa (NTVA)
P O Box 16140
Tel: (021) 424-7575 Fax: (021) 424-7580
P O Box 809
46 & 48 Dunbar Street
Tel: 082 230 2255 Fax: (011) 388-1045