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Instructor: Rachel R. Bush
Office: 142B Communications Courtyard
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 11pm – 2:30pm
Phone: 713-743-2911
TEXT: We will reference Lawrence Stern, Stage Management, 2006 and

Daniel Ionazzi, The Stage Management Handbook

SUPPLIES: 2” Three Ring Binder
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this course is to introduce & discuss –

What is Stage Management; What are the characteristics of a good Stage Manager; What are the tools / skills needed to accomplish the job successfully.

To summarize: Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent stage manager.
The ability to COMMUNICATE, FACILITATE, & DELEGATE along with organization and scheduling will be a few of the key skills we discuss. After completion of this course, one should be able to successfully attempt to Stage Manage a theatrical production.
The best way to learn stage management is by doing, putting the knowledge you’ve received in class to practical use- Students are STRONGLY encouraged to become involved with a U of H production, perhaps as an ASM for a Mainstage / Lab show or the SM of a Graduate Director’s piece.

Week 1

A. What is a stage manager? This area is a candid discussion about who can and who  

    Cannot be a good stage manager. 

            1. Making things run smoothly.

            2. Characteristics of a good stage manager. 

Week 2

B. Analyzing the script: The prompt script is the bible to every production. Every stage  

      Manager has there own style of putting this script together.

            1. The prompt script.

            2. What to look for in the play

            3. Plots 

Week 3

C. Production Management: Organization is the heart of stage management and scheduling is the foundation. This unit will examine calendaring meeting, and communication techniques.

            1. Master Calendar

            2. Meetings

            3. Rehearsal schedules

            4. Call board 

Week 4

D. Learning the Theatre: Understanding the spaces you work in is vital to the success of a good manager. This segment will take a look at equipment use, dressing and stage facilities form the point of view of a traveling production company.  

            1. Equipment

            2. Support Facilities

            3. Who reports to Whom 

Week 5

E. Auditions & Readings  

            1. How to work with actors.

            2. How to work with the director. 

Week 6 & 7

F. The Rehearsal Process, Blocking, and Paperwork

Week 8

Week 9

G. Supervision over your areas: An understanding of the following areas will provide  

      infrastructure for the stage manager to oversee their domain.  

            1. Props Chapter 10

            2. Lights

            3. Sounds

            4. Stage Crew 

Week 0

H. The art of delegation: Learning to delegate is a skill that does not come easily. Ten points to the art of delegation is the base to this section. Organizing yourself, If you cannot organize yourself you cannot organize a production company. Discussion and ideas on how to get yourself organize are offered in this unit. 

Week 11

I. Handling Rehearsals

            1. Technical rehearsals

            2. Dress rehearsals 

Week 12

J. Running the Show

            1. Giving cues

            2. Check lists

            3. House Management & The audience

            4.  Keeping the show in hand 

Week 13

K. AEA & Misc. Info


Week 14 

L. Getting the Job: Resumes, interview techniques, phone skills, and how to advertise yourself is the final part of the stage management process. Resumes will be created and critiqued.


Week 15

M. Production Book Review


-Production Book -Mid-Term

-Resume -Final

-Mid Term 100pts

-Final 100pts

-Resume 100pts

-Production Book 200pts

Total Possible 500 pts
A= 94-100% A- = 90 – 93%

B+ = 87 – 89% B= 84-86%

B- = 80 – 83% C+ = 77-79%

C= 74-76% C- = 70 -73%

*Students are reminded of the School of Theatre & Dance Absence Policy, available on the policies page of the website: In this class, meeting twice a week, you get two absences for free; each additional absence lowers your final grade by ½ a letter; five absences results in a failing grade. Three tardies equals one absence. (Punctuality and Dependability are key traits of a good Stage Manager)

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