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Stage Managers

Stage managers wear many hats in the rehearsal room. They are the first person in and last person out every day. Amongst their duties, they:

- set up the rehearsal room for whatever scenes are being rehearsed

- contact actors if they are running late to rehearsal

- maintain organized notes about exactly what is going on the show ( i.e. where props go, what entrances or blocking actors have, what sound cues are needed, etc.)

- making sure everyone takes a break since rehearsals are long

During a performance, the stage manager also “calls” the show. This means they let the lighting operator, sound operator, and stage crew know when to turn on or turn off lights and sound, and when to move set pieces on and off the stage. Stage managing is hard work, but Monica Brown, a Chicago stage manager, lets us know how great it can be:

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