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Bret A Torbeck
DRAMA 466
Seattle Campus

Stage Management

Study and practice of stage management. Recommended: DRAMA 210; DRAMA 211; DRAMA 212; DRAMA 290; DRAMA 291; DRAMA 292.

Class description

The stage management class offers an overview of the job of a stage manager and will help to prepare students to stage-manage within the School of Drama. The class examines the production process in chronological order with an eye towards the contribution of the stage manager.

We will look at how a stage manager develops a relationship with directors, designers, producers, actors, and technicians. You will gain some practical experience by preparing key stage management forms, exploring their various applications, and learning how to facilitate problem solving.

Student learning goals

How to prepare basic forms used by production personnel. Including a contact sheet, calendar, prop and costume list, and light and sound effects plots.

Students will get a feel for what happens in the production process before the stage manager starts and how the stage manager joins and nurtures that effort.

We will review how to read a basic groundplan and tape out a floor in a rehearsal hall.

We will discuss what constitutes professional behavior for all theater artists.

General method of instruction

Student participation is essential as we will all learn from every individual's background and experience. The goal is to learn about the role of the stage manager together.

Recommended preparation

A knowledge of basic theater terminology and an interesting in learning more about the inner workings of the industry are important.

Class assignments and grading

There will be weekly reading assignments as well as two written assignments based on practical observations made during the quarter. In addition, homework will include preparation of forms or documents which are part of a stage manager's job.

Grading is based on the following: 30% Written assignments 30% Final Exam 40% Class participation in projects and discussions


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bret A Torbeck
Date: 12/14/2011