July 19, 2012
I Love the Smell of Office Supplies in the Morning:
A Brief Introduction to Stage Management
Whenever I first tell people I’m in theater, the conversation generally starts off like this:
Random Person: “How cool! Are you an actor?”
Me: “Not anymore. I mostly stage manage now.”
Random Person: “Oh. Okay. What’s that?”
Stage management is definitely one of the least glamorous jobs in theater and, if you’re doing it right, also one of the least visible. There is no Tony Award for Stage Management, and even if there was there would be no one to accept it; all the nominees would be off running shows. So, I’m going to do my best to shed a little light on the mysterious and shadowy world of life behind the stage.