I can always tell when it is the beginning of a semester by the number of searches that I see leading to www.LoisBackstage.com that involve the phrases “How to make a prompt book” “color coded prompt books” “how to write blocking” “prompt book examples” and others in the same vein. Welcome young stage managers! The posts you are most likely looking for here are:
Calling the Show: Three C’s to Conquer – An in depth look at the tool necessary to effectively call a show.
The Vancouver SMArts Conference 2010 – SMArts is a Canadian stage management conference that occurs every year in Toronto and one other major Canadian city. In 2010 it was in Vancouver and these are my notes from the sessions I took in.
The SM Kit – A look at my SM kit and a list of all the things that have gone into it, along with where to find the items.
Other resources around the internet:
SM Network is a forum for stage managers old and new. It is full of resources in the form of old posts with questions and the solutions that other stage managers have suggested and has a large base of users that can answer questions you may have. But before you post, do a search and make sure someone else hasn’t already asked your question. Better to continue an existing thread than to make a second one.
Stage Managers Do Make Coffee is an article written by Carissa Dollar that is often used as a text book for beginning stage managers and is free online. It has a good mix of practical advice, anecdotes & questions to ask yourself to help prepare for the job at hand.
There are a number of great books that you can pick up at a local bookstore, read in a library, or order online. A few of my favourites are:
The Art & Craft of Stage Management by Doris Schneider
Stage Managing the Arts in Canada by Winston Morgan