Top 5 Tips for Young Stage Managers

Teresa Kozin is a second year company member at Hedgerow Theatre and a graduate of Neumann University in Aston, PA with a B.A. in Art and Theater Production. She has worked as a crew member at NU for The Laramie Project, backstage manager for WORKING and Almost Maine, and stage manager for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and PROOF. For Hedgerow, Teresa has stage managed the Barrymore Recommended production of Or, as well as The Servant of Two Masters and the current production of Angel Street (Gaslight).
1. Learn short hand – taking detailed notes is extremely important, but we don’t always have time to write every single thing down at that exact moment.
2. Details ARE important – don’t blow off minor details because they’re small. Everything counts when running a production
3. Time management is key – Our job is stressful and there is no getting around that, but if you manage your time properly you can make it just a little less stressful.
4. Stress IS a part of our job – As I said before, our job is stressful, but part of our job is to handle the stress for the director and keep things calm even when they may not be. To help with this you have to remember the positives. When things go wrong, don’t bombard the director with negative. Let them know what’s wrong and then say, but this is how we are going to fix it.
5. You are not a superhero – As much as we all want to be the one who takes care of and fixes everything, it’s not possible. That mentality is bad for your physical and mental health. Delegation is a big key to getting through the stress. You should have a well equipped production team and crew, utilize them.