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The Stage Management Module

The Stage management module is designed to introduce the learner to the process of successfully managing a stage production by helping the learner to acquire the skills required to complete that task. It does so over a number of chapters from first beginnings to getting on the stage, through a series of linked exercises and assignments.

Chapter 1. What is Stage Management? familiarises the learners with the duties of the Stage Management Team. They will get to know the people they will be working with and their titles.
Chapter 2. Charts deals with

  • Reading the play from Stage Management point of view
  • Identifying critical information
  • Creating spreadsheets, highlights and colours tagging

Chapter 3. Auditions. By completing this chapter the learner will be able to:

  • See what the actors needs at auditions
  • Prepare the room for an audition
  • Communicate the information to the production office

Chapter 4. The Production Book deals with the following tasks:

  • Making up the production book.
  • Working with the blocking areas on the stage
  • Blocking performers moves using abbreviations
  • Preparing the rehearsal space for the rehearsal and maintain paperwork required for the rehearsal
  • Rehearsal room procedure

Chapter 5. Getting on the stage. The move from the rehearsal room is the most challenging task of a stage manager. He/she must

  • Co-ordinate the move from the rehearsal room to the theatre.
  • Manage a technical rehearsal
  • Devise a cueing script
  • Call a show

Ann Myler
Ann Myler has wide experience and knowledge of all aspects of stage and television. She has toured all the major theatres in Ireland, with The Dubliners to the Royal Court Theatre London and worked for 10 years as Stage Director in The Gate Theatre, Dublin, as well as for The National Theatre, Dublin. She was Stage Director for Noel Pearson Prod. „Jesus Christ Superstar“, „Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat“. Ann Myler was Course Director for Technical Theatre at the Inchicore College of Further Education and recently retired as Stage Manager at the R.T.E. Fair City Drama Production.