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Introduction to the Art of Stage Management
A Practical Guide to Working in the Theatre and Beyond. Introductions to Theatre
How do you develop the craft and skills of stage management for today's theatre industry? And how can these same skills be applied in a variety of entertainment settings to help you develop a rewarding and successful career?
Drawing on his diverse experience working with companies from across the performing arts spectrum in venues from the Hollywood Bowl to the Barbican Centre in London, Michael Vitale offers a practical resource on the art of stage management for new and established stage managers. Besides providing detailed coverage of the role within theatre, the book uniquely explores the field of stage management in numerous branches of the entertainment industry. From theatre, opera, and theme parks, to cruise ships, special events, and dance, stage managers are an integral part of keeping productions running, and this book offers guidance on each distinct area to equip you for a varied and successful career.
Written with candour and filled with real-world examples, the book examines the nuts and bolts of the job at each stage of the production process: from preproduction, room rehearsal, technical rehearsal, through to running the show. Vitale considers the skills needed to work with a myriad of different people, explores the traits of a successful stage manager, and helps you to hone and evaluate your own practice.
Whether you are exploring the field for the first time or are a veteran looking to diversify your resume, Introduction to the Art of Stage Management will provide insight, practical information, and useful tips to help along the way.
An accompanying Companion Website features a range of time-saving templates and forms, such as schedule templates and scene samples.
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Ever wondered what it meant to be a stage manager? Michael Vitale, who has assisted in productions ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to the Barbican Theatre in London, shares his insights on one of the stage's most influential behind-the-scenes job. Vitale gives readers a guide to develop the skills of a successful stage manager, whether it's pre-production or running closing night. Not contained to a singular genre, this book looks at stage management for various types of productions: theatre, opera, cruise ship performance, and dance, to name just a few. * Playbill * Michael Vitale's new stage management text covers crucial processes and venues heretofore unmentioned in the few previous, often somewhat dated books on the market. His experience in professional theatre, opera, philharmonic and dance, including working with The Hollywood Bowl's international assemblage of the world's best conductors, actors, singers and musicians, makes this a must-have book for any serious stage manager. -- Dr. Jim Volz, Author, Producer, Educator, Theatre Critic