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Stage managers organise everything to do with the stage during a production. They help to make live stage performances run smoothly by ensuring that all equipment, props and sometimes people are in the right place at the right time. Depending on the size of the production there is usually a stage management team.
Stage management teams make sure that all practical and technical aspects of shows run smoothly. People management and a strong knowledge of theatre are both important as a stage manager. The stage manager makes sure everyone is in the correct place and that technical staff and performers alike are ready to meet their cues with prompts if necessary.
Typical duties of the stage management team involve the following:
Sometimes stage managers lend a hand with the publicity of a performance, working with marketing managers to come up with programmes and posters to promote the show. Stage managers have dialogue with all members of the production team, including front-of-house staff in the theatre dealing with the audiences.
Stage managers can sometimes work freelance and get hired by touring theatre companies that do not stay in one place.