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Stage Manager

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Stage managers organise and control the running of stage productions, from organising rehearsals right through to live performances. They make sure that all technical aspects work and that everything is in the right place at the right time.

The Work

Depending on the size of the theatre and production you might have a deputy stage manager and one or more assistant stage managers.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

There are guidelines on the websites of Equity and UK Theatre on recommended rates of pay. ITC (Independent Theatre Company) and Equity recommend a minimum weekly salary of £471.00 for 2018/19.

There are different rates for rehearsals and performances and they can differ depending on how many performances are in the show run. For example, recent vacancies in the UK have advertised salaries at £470 per week with others at £600 and £800 per week including overtime.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
3618
7 %
RISE
2023
3870
  United Kingdom
2018
55293
4.1 %
RISE
2023
57569

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Take a look at The Stage online magazine for information on jobs and auditions. You can even download a Jobs and Auditions app for your iPhone.

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the theatre and music business.

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Courtesy of Creative Choices

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)
Tel: 020 7242 9200
E-mail: office@abtt.org.uk
Website: http://www.abtt.org.uk/
Twitter: @theabtt

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Equity
Tel: 020 7379 6000
E-mail: info@equity.org.uk
Website: http://www.equity.org.uk/
Twitter: @EquityUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquityUK

Membership of Equity is open not just those in the acting profession but to anyone working professionally in the field of entertainment.

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

Stage Management Association (SMA)
Tel: 020 7403 7999
E-mail: admin@stagemanagementassociation.co.uk
Website: http://www.stagemanagementassociation.co.uk/
Twitter: @SMAssoc

UK Theatre
Tel: 020 7557 6700
E-mail: enquiries@soltukt.co.uk
Website: http://www.uktheatre.org

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