The Stage Manager’s Toolkit

£24.99

Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance, 2nd Edition

By Laurie Kincman

© 2017 – Focal Press

Paperback. 308 pages

SKU: 9781138183773 Category:

Description

The Stage Manager’s Toolkit provides a comprehensive account of the role of the stage manager for live theatre with a focus on both written and verbal communication best practices. The book outlines the duties of the stage manager and assistant stage manager throughout a production, discussing not only what to do but why. The book identifies communication objectives for each phase of production, paperwork to be created, and the necessary questions to be answered in order to ensure success.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by David Grindle

Acknowledgments

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction: The Stage Manager as Communicator

Chapter 1: AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION

Face-to-Face Communication

Written Communication

Chapter 2: PRINCIPLES OF DOCUMENT DESIGN

Identifying Your Audience

Page Layout

Fonts

Color and Shading

Accessibility

Continuity

What’s in a Name?

Ready to Begin

Chapter 3: PRE-PRODUCTION

Given Circumstances

The Calendar

Analyzing the Production

The Character/Scene Breakdown

Meeting with the Director

Meeting the Production Team

The Prop List

Specialty Charts

Auditions

The Contact Sheet

Thinking about the SM Team

Next Steps

Chapter 4: THE PROMPT BOOK

Organizing the Prompt Book

Preparing the Prompt Script

The Script for the Musical

Ready for Launch

Chapter 5: REHEARSALS

First Rehearsal

Table Work

Music and Dance Rehearsals

Blocking

The Daily Call

Conflicts

Fittings

The First Run-Through

Organizing Yourself

Scene Work

The Rehearsal Report

Production Meetings

Adding the Elements

Updating Paperwork

Rehearsals for Dance

Concluding Time in the Hall

Chapter 6: TECHNICAL REHEARSALS

Creating the Tech Schedule

Types of Tech Rehearsals

Preparing for Tech

Technology for the Stage Manager

Delegation

Working with the Crew

The Preset List

More About Prop Tables

The Shift Plot

Paperwork Variations

The Costume Plot

Cueing

Partnership with the Musical Director

Tech for Dance

The Art of It All

Stepping Up to Run the Show

Rehearsal Reports during the Tech Period

Chapter 7: PERFORMANCES

Previews

Refining Your Routine

Opening Night

Working with Front-of-House

The Performance Report

Changing Personnel

Maintaining the Artistic Integrity of Your Show

Working with Understudies

Emergency Plans and Problem-Solving

Chapter 8: NEXT STEPS

Moving the Production

The End of the Line—Or Is It?

The Post Mortem

Chapter 9: TEACHING STAGE MANAGEMENT

Overall Philosophy

Curriculum

Practical Experiences

The Introductory Course

Advanced Study

Evaluation and Grading

Learning On Your Own

EPILOGUE

APPENDIX

Actors’ Equity Association

The Stage Manager’s Kit

Emergency Announcements

More Paperwork

Web Resources

Suggested Reading

Notes

Author Biography

Index

 

Laurie Kincman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, heading the undergraduate emphases in stage management and arts administration. She also serves as the department’s production manager. Her professional credits as a stage manager and production manager include work with the Old Globe Theatre, Malashock Dance & Company, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Opera Pacific, the California Ballet Company, American Stage Festival, and for choreographers Jessica Iwanson and Donald McKayle. Laurie is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Production Managers Forum, the Stage Managers Association, the Association for Arts Administration Educators, and Actors’ Equity Association.

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