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PRODUCING: Stage Managers Producing - Any Experience
« on: Apr 28, 2009, 04:29 pm »
Hey Everyone,
Just wondering if any Stage Managers out there also have the career path of doing producing also.

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Re: Stage Managers Producing - Any Experince
« Reply #1 on: Apr 28, 2009, 04:41 pm »
I think SM's and PM's make fabulous producers.  We see the show from every angle and can sense when something isn't right.  We know how to put punch lists together and make sure the loose ends are tied up. SM's know what kind of director and artistic staff would make a good team.
Funny you should start a thread about this...


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Re: Stage Managers Producing - Any Experince
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2009, 08:03 am »
I agree with SMRose. The deep understanding of the creative process which a stage manager can bring to the producer role can only be a benefit - as will all those other stage manager traits such as focus, passion, people skills, lateral thinking and accepting responsibility....etc, etc.  I have made the transition to producing in the last few years. Even though I work in Australia and in the not for profit sector, I am positive you can make that shift yourself Josh, even if you are looking at a different producer model in a different cultural context.

However, I have just attended a theatre conference where some of Australia's most experienced Producers agreed (in a forum on creating the next generation of independent producers  here) that successful producers are born not made and that it can't be taught in schools. Having been a stage manager doesn't guarantee success in the field. Find yourself a mentor. And build as many connections and relationships and networks as you can. They will all be used in your next career as a producer.

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