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.

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Stage Manager Vacancies

'Great Mother - Iya Ayaba' (Corpus Week 4 Mainshow) Production Team Applications EXTENSION!
Great Mother - Iya AyabaFletcher Players
19:00, Tue 2nd November 2021 - Sat 6th November 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 4

EXTENSION FOR PRODUCTION ROLES! We're looking for a Set Designer , Technical Director , Lighting Designer , Stage Manager , Choreographer  to help bring our play to life! Application Pack available at:

Contact Elise (she/her) at and Mojola (she/her) at before 24th Sep 2021 23:59 for more details.

Dragtime! Presents: Hot Girl Midsommar (Michaelmas Week 3)
Dragtime! Presents: Hot Girl Midsommar
23:00, Wed 27th October 2021 - Sat 30th October 2021 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 3

Dragtime! is back!! We are making a triumphant return to Cambridge with our thIRd Halloween themed show (and our tenth (!!) ADC show in total!) and we want you to get involved - we are looking for a lighting designer , sound designer , stage manager , assistant stage managers , photographer , 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!!!

Contact Griffin Twemlow at before 3rd Oct 2021 23:00 for more details.

Smorgasbord Needs A Tech Team!
SmorgasbordFletcher Players
21:30, Mon 8th November 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 5

Join the Smorgasbord Tech Team! We need a Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Technical Director , Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Assistant Stage Manager , and a Photographer !

Contact before 25th Sep 2021 23:59 for more details.

Anne Boleyn (Week 4 The Round Church) - PROD TEAM WANTED!!!!!
Anne Boleyn
19:30, Wed 3rd November 2021 - Sat 6th November 2021 at The Round Church
Michaelmas Week 4

This is a brilliant play that honours the life of Anne Boleyn, examines the corrupt nature of power and celebrates the joyful complexities of love and faith. What We Are Looking For👉 Assistant director  Costume designer  Musical director  Movement director  Stage manager  Lighting designer  Set designer  Publicity designer  📣assistants for all these roles are welcome!!! 💃Visit our page for more details and feel free to email us if you have any questions!!! We want YOU to help bring this amazing show to stage😍

Contact & & before 27th Sep 2021 12:00 for more details.