Author Topic: Please help...Seeking answers to a few SM based questions...  (Read 1852 times)

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Vicky Sticky

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I'm studying Drama in my second year at Exeter University, and am currently focussing on and researching into Stage Management, for a rather long essay I have to write. I am hoping to compare the different duties that Stage Managing entails, in relation to the type of theatre and production the Stage Manager is working in/for.
For this reason I would be eternally greatful if any Stage Managers out there could answer the following questions...

1) Was it your original intention to stage manage and have you worked in other technical departments, i.e lighting or sound, before stage managing? 
2) How great is your knowlege of other technial theatre aspects?
3) What are the main positives and the main negatives of the job?
4) What, if any, are the major differences between working in different types of theatres, repertory theatres or Broadway/West End etc?
5) What, if any, are the major differences between working on an ametuer and a proffessional production?
6) What, if any, are the major differences between working on different types of performance, i.e musical, play, dance piece or concert?
7) What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your career, and how did you go about overcoming this problem?

It would be great if I could get a real variety of answers from Stage Managers everywhere, with as much detail as you have time to include, as this would really help me with my essay!!

Thanks so much,
Vicky Stickand.