International Stage Management Day is October 10, and in honor of the unsung champions of stage management, we recommend that you purchase a ticket to a theatrical production. Shakespeare once resided in a residence situated on the current location of the Barbican theatre, if that information is any. It is enlightening to learn that one of the most renowned playwrights in the world, renowned for employing stage managers, once resided in the same premises where stage management is conducted today.
The background of International Stage Management Day
How enthralling and stimulating is it to be present at the theater as actors perform on stage with a variety of props and apparatus while singing, dancing, and performing? For that, you can applaud stage managers and stage management. The assembly of what you observe for a few minutes requires considerable effort, planning, prioritization, and administration.
In the 1600s, stage management emerged as a distinct profession in the theater, having been a relatively novel concept in the 1300s. Stage management enables the coordination and administration of a theatrical production or event. Stage managers are responsible for managing numerous tasks throughout the entirety of the production process. They are organized, multitasking, planners, and rational beings who recognize the significance of maintaining composure and diffusing a staged crisis.
In order to provide optimal assistance on a production set, a stage manager must possess a comprehensive comprehension of all facets of production and furnish logistical support to ensure the stage operates efficiently. In addition to overseeing the physical stage, a stage manager coordinates and provides assistance to the various teams that are engaged in the daily operations of a theatrical production, beginning with rehearsals and continuing through performances and post-show responsibilities.
In addition to creating and organizing rehearsal schedules, stage managers are responsible for overseeing furniture and decorations, coordinating costume fittings, and communicating with theater departments, producers, actors, and technical staff.
Since 2013, an annual observance of International Stage Management Day has been observed to honor the stage management personnel and raise awareness of their critical role in the production of plays.
5 fascinating facts about the role of a stage manager
Interdepartmental communication between the creative and technical sectors is supported by a stage manager.
Notes are compiled by stage coordinators for every aspect of the onstage production.
The installation and removal of the set, sound, and lighting equipment is under the supervision of stage managers.
Throughout the production, the stage manager is accountable for maintaining the decorations, furniture, and set.
The responsibility of stage managers is to ensure the protection of the organization.
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