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Stage Management Basics by Katy McGlaughlin, Jonathan Allender-Zivic, Emily Roth

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Chapter OneThe Psychology of Stage Managing

Being a good stage manager requires organization, structure, and communication. These are often the most discussed and well-outlined facets of the job. However, maintaining paperwork and coordinating the show is just a portion. A large aspect of stage management is the personal interaction between stage manager and all others involved in the process. A stage manager is one of the few individuals with whom all members of the company interact and, as such, becomes a confidant, a coach, a peacekeeper, and a friend. Actors will approach the stage manager when they are having issues with their fellow actors, the designers, or, in particular, with their director. Anticipate becoming the shoulder for them ...

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