Stage Manager & Assistant Stage Manager
Des Moines Playhouse
The stage manager (SM) assumes the responsibility for the smooth and efficient preparation and execution of all aspects of a production including all of the details of auditions, rehearsals, and performance preparation. During the rehearsal process, the SM keeps a record of all the movement on the stage, and a running list of anything added that is not in the script, and prompts the actors with lines during the early rehearsals. During the performances, the SM may "call" the show. This requires wearing a headset and guiding the light and sound board operators through their cues. The SM also acts as a coordinator to distribute information about the progress of the production to all members of the company. Becoming a SM usually involves prior experience or being involved in previous productions at The Playhouse over an extended period of time. If you are interested in stage managing a production, you are encouraged to first get involved on a production team and work your way to assistant stage manager. Once you have a solid understanding of how shows are managed at The Playhouse, you will be encouraged to consider stage managing a show. Detailed training will be provided prior, during, and after your production experience. The assistant stage manager (ASM) is the SM's assistant and often serves as the shift captain. During the production, the ASM stays in contact with the SM and supervises the shift crew to make sure set changes are handled in a timely manner. After the performance, the ASM is responsible for checking dressing rooms for orderliness, and set pieces and props to insure that they are properly stored and in good condition.
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