The Stage Manager is responsible for co-ordinating scene changes and other technical effects that are controlled from the stage during all performances. On complex shows they may have any number of Assistant Stage Managers and a large team of Stage Crew who will actually execute the scene changes and effects, and the Stage Manager should plan not be doing anything themselves, but just to oversee this team of people, ready to step in should anything go wrong. On smaller shows, it may be appropriate for the Stage Manager to do some or all of this work themselves.

The Stage Crew who work on each performance may not be the same people for every night of a show's run, and it is the Stage Manager's responsibility to ensure any new members of the crew are completely familiar with the jobs expected of them, arranging practice runs of more complex scene changes before the performance starts, if necessary. On complex shows, the Stage Mananger may choose to appoint one or more Assistant Stage Managers, who will be present for every performance, and may look after one area of the stage or one special effect, and train any Stage Crew needed for those particular jobs.

The Stage Manager also forms part of a team with the Deputy Stage Manager, who between them should attend enough rehearsals to familiarise themselves with the show before the technical rehearsal in the theatre. They should try to spot any potential technical problems caused by the blocking or choreography before the show moves into the theatre, and work with the Technical Director to resolve them.

Some shows in Cambridge choose not to have a Technical Director, in which case some of the responsibilities (often the planning of special effects, drawing of set plans, and running the get-in and get-out) can fall to the Stage Manager or Deputy Stage Manager. It is very rare for the set building and painting responsibilities to be taken on by stage management.

Useful resources[edit]

CUADC Stage manager's guide

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Stage Manager Vacancies

TECH applications for 24 Hour Musical
CUMTS Presents: 24 Hour MusicalCUMTS
23:00, Tue 16th January 2024 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 0

We are looking for: Lighting Designer  Sound Designer  Stage Manager  Assistant Stage Manager  Application pack:

Contact before 20th Dec 2023 00:00 for more details.

BRITFOOT is looking for a tech team!
23:00, Wed 24th – Sat 27th January 2024 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 1


Contact Charlotte (Director) and Will (Co-Writer/Producer) before 10th Dec 2023 23:59 for more details.

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23:00, Wed 14th – Sat 17th February 2024 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 4

Dragtime! is back again and we want you to get involved! We are looking for a stage manager , deputy stage manager , lighting designer , sound designer , assistant stage managers , production assistants and moRE so regardless of your level of experience or particular area of interest, if you want to get more involved with drag but actually beINg in drag isn't your thing this is the perfect opportunity!!! ♥ Please see the application pack for details at :)

Contact Griffin at before 5th Jan 2024 00:00 for more details.

One and a Part - Prod Team Applications
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19:00, Mon 5th – Fri 9th February 2024 at Pembroke New Cellars
Lent Week 3

One and a Part is looking for an Assistant Director , Producer , Publicist , Stage Manager , and Welfare Rep. Want to be involved in an exciting new production? Check out this application pack!

Contact before 31st Dec 2023 23:59 for more details.

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19:00, Tue 6th – Sat 10th February 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 3

Malaysian drama "Oranges, Cut into Six" is looking for a CREW! This includes the roles of Production Designer (2 roles available), Stage Manager , Videographer and Costume Designer . A Lent Week 3, Corpus Playroom Mainshow, this student-written drama explores queer relationships, domestic abuse, and the meaning of unconditional love.

Contact or before 15th Dec 2023 23:59 for more details.