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Stage Manager's Toolkit

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Title: Stage Manager's Toolkit
Author: Kincman, Laurie
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As a Stage Manager, you are responsible for organizing rehearsals, running performances, and keeping everyone and everything on track and in sync. To do the job well, you need to be a communication wizard—able to collect a wide range of details and share them as effectively as possible. The Stage Manger’s Toolkit is more than another overview book which generalizes how to be a Stage Manager. It presents the day-to-day duties in detail—discussing not only what to do but also why. Focusing on communication best practices, the book explores objectives, paperwork, and the questions that need to be asked in order to ensure a smooth production whether on Broadway, at a university, or somewhere in between.

* Introduces strategies for sharing information both in person and in writing
* Explores how document design can enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of your reports, charts, and lists
* Contains principles for web-based information sharing as well as hard-copy paperwork
* Provides customizable paperwork templates on the accompanying website, allowing you to put the ideas to work on your own show

Laurie Kincman is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, heading the undergraduate emphases in stage management and arts administration. Her professional credits as a stage manager and production manager include work with the Old Globe Theatre, Malashock Dance & Company, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Opera Pacific, the California Ballet Company, American Stage Festival, and for choreographers Jessica Iwanson and Donald McKayle. Laurie is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Production Managers Forum, the Stage Managers Association, the Association for Arts Administration Educators, and Actors Equity Association.

FOREWORD by David Grindle
Introduction: The Stage Manager as Communicator

Chapter One: Avenues of Communication
* Face to Face Communication
* Written Communication

Chapter Two: Principles of Document Design
* Identifying Your Audience
* Fonts
* Color and Shading
* Accessibility
* Continuity
* What’s In a Name?

Chapter Three: Pre-Production
* The Given Circumstances
* The Calendar
* Analyzing the Production
* The Character/Scene Breakdown
* Meeting with the Director
* Meeting the Production Team
* The Prop List
* Auditions
* The Contact Sheet
* Thinking About the SM Team

Chapter Four: The Prompt Book
* Organizing the Prompt Book
* Preparing the Prompt Script
* The Script for the Musical

Chapter Five: Rehearsals
* The First Rehearsal
* Table Work
* Music and Dance Rehearsals
* Blocking
* The Daily Call
* Conflicts
* Fittings
* The First Runthrough
* The Rehearsal Report
* Production Meetings
* Scene Work
* Adding the Elements
* Updating Paperwork

Chapter Six: Technical Rehearsals
* Creating the Tech Schedule
* Types of Tech Rehearsals
* Preparing for Tech
* Technology for the Stage Manager
* Working with the Crew
* The Preset List
* The Shift Plot
* Paperwork Variations
* The Costume Plot
* Cueing
* Stepping Up to Run the Show
* Rehearsal Reports during the Tech Period

Chapter Seven: Performances
* Previews
* Refining Your Routine
* Opening Night
* Working with Front of House
* Changing Personnel
* The Performance Report
* Maintaining the Artistic Integrity of Your Show
* Working with Understudies
* Emergency Plans and Problem Solving

Chapter Eight: Next Steps
* Moving the Production
* The End of the Line- Or Is It?


Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780415663199
Publishing status: AU In-stock Distributor
Stage Manager's Toolkit