Resources for Stage Managers

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. …

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“The Poetry & Magic of ‘Calling'”

Recently Vancouver’s Kim Collier, Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Company, won Canada’s most prestigious award in theatre for her work in directing (the Siminovitch Prize).  You can read Kim’s entire acceptance speech online here.  But I’d like to highlight for you a section of her speech entitled “Ode to Jan. …

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The SM Prompt Book: Show Bible Pt. 1

  A quick google search shows me that there isn’t a lot of information on prompt scripts online – the first things that pop up are the wikipedia articles on stage management & prompt scripts.  Both are informative but short & contain very little information on how to do the job or …

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SMArts: Calling A Show/The Prompt Script

This is the third post in a series of five about my experience at the SMArts conference in Vancouver. I’ve essentially taken my notes and turned them into these posts.  You can find my previous posts on the CTA agreement & the conference in general by clicking on those links. …

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