Stage Manager 101: Taking Blocking Notes

Stage Manager 101: Taking Blocking Notes

Just like calling a show, taking down blocking is one of the most important tasks of a Stage Manager. I think if you were to split the role of a Stage Manager into two different phases, you would have the rehearsal process as part 1 and performance mode as part 2. In part 1, blocking notes are one of the most important aspects, while writing in cues and calling the show is the most important part during performances. This is why we have blocking scripts and calling scripts and keep them separate. Recording blocking notes quickly and efficiently as the director stages a show is something I have not fully mastered and is so incredibly challenging on many levels.

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Working in Community and Professional Theatre: The Differences and Similarities

Working in Community and Professional Theatre: The Differences and Similarities

In the artistic/creative industry, theatre is theatre in my opinion, but what many people fail to realize is that there are different levels/kinds of theatre in terms of community and professional companies. On a deeper level, there is absolutely no difference in the art itself. I think acting and even directing is the same on all levels of theatre and the methods of acting or the way directors direct are generally the same or are based on their own ways of doing things. It’s a personal choice of how you portray a character or the methods you take to get there, but in a technical sense, the process can differ depending on the company.

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Stage Manager 101: Calling Cues

Stage Manager 101: Calling Cues

What does it actually mean to “call a show?” To me, it’s an art or at least I treat it like one. It’s actually not the easiest thing to explain because of the many different elements that come into play, however, once you get the hang of it, it becomes a rhythm…..that is in most cases. In a nutshell, this is where the stage manager calls the lighting, sound and scene change cues (or whatever else) for a show. The cues control everything you see happening in a technical sense on stage. 

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Stage Manager 101: Who We Are & Why We're Important

Stage Manager 101: Who We Are & Why We're Important

What does a Stage Manager do? It’s the hardest question I’m asked and one that people ask me almost every time I tell a person that I stage manage productions. I always struggle with where to start because there is literally so many aspects of the job. It is such a complex department of the theatre world and there is no single answer to the question. This is my approach and hopefully, I can offer some useful tips to all of you stage managers out there.

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