SM 101  |  Principles of Stage Management

SM 101 | Principles of Stage Management


- $229.00

Enrollment: In stock

Instructor: Allison Lowe



Our introduction to professional stage management course offers a solid core curriculum for those interested in careers in the evolving world of stage management. Students will discuss the core functions and responsibilities of stage management, methods for building blocking scripts and calling scripts, a run-down of show paperwork and the methods behind each, as well as more involved work in developing one's own stage management philosophy. Modules additionally address how to work with different people and departments, problem solving and creating solutions, and stage management resumes. This course is the prerequisite to our methodology courses.



Instructor: Allison Lowe

Course Length: 15-20 hours (estimated)

Difficulty Level: All experience levels

Prerequisites: None

Program Type: Certificate with Verifiable Credential


I. Section 1 – Overview
a. Introductions
b. Lesson 1 – What to Expect in this Class
c. Lesson 2 – Types of Theatre
d. Lesson 3 – What is a Stage Manager?
e. Lesson 4 – Stage Management Philosophy
f. Lesson 5 – Stage Management Kits
g. Lesson 6 – Stage Management Teams and Co-Workers

II. Section 2 – Basic Stage Management
a. Lesson 1 – Equity Model
b. Lesson 2 – Cirque Model
c. Lesson 3 – Pre-Production
d. Lesson 4 – Auditions
e. Lesson 5 – Rehearsals
f. Lesson 6 - Preparing for Tech Week
g. Lesson 7 – Tech Week and Dress Rehearsal
h. Lesson 8 – Performances

III. Section 3 – Work Relationships and Conflict
a. How to communicate and build relationships with cast, crew, colleagues
b. How to communicate with foreign nationals
c. Conflict management

IV. Section 4 – Resumes
a. Writing an effective stage management resume

V. Section 5 – Conclusion
a. General Wrap Up
b. Comprehensive Assessment

Allison Lowe


Allison Lowe has been a professional stage manager for over 12 years.  She began her career in Stage Management as an Assistant Stage Manager for Celine Dion’s A New Day in 2004 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.  In 2005, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Masters of Fine Arts in Stage Management, and stayed with A New Day until its closing in 2007.  From there, she worked as a Stage Manager for Le Reve –The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas for a year before going on an opera tour in Italy during the summer of 2009.  Upon returning to the States, she joined the national tour of Walking with Dinosaurs –the Arena Spectacular and stayed with them until the show closed in September of 2010.  In February of 2011, she moved back to Las Vegas to be the Assistant Stage Manager of Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles’ LOVE, where she is now currently the Stage Manager.  In her personal life, she is a rabid hockey fan, a fiancée, and a mother to a beautiful one-year old girl.



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