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ERIC Number: ED371428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Instructional Resources for Training Undergraduates in Stage Management.
Kaye, Stan
To prepare student stage managers for the world of theater outside the university, faculty directors should endow them with full authority. Using the Actors Equity Association rules book as a guide, faculty directors should make stage managers aware of their duties and then leave them to perform them without close supervision. Unfortunately, in most cases, student stage managers function only as an extension of the faculty director, who takes on the "real" responsibility; for either lack of trust in the student, or a misguided sense of purpose, the faculty member is the "genuine" stage manager as well as the director. Student stage managers are further disadvantaged by the fact that they are given no formal training in college curriculums. Most of them learn by apprenticing themselves to a more experienced student. At this point, the most effective thing that can be done for undergraduate stage managers is to get them excited about their work. Endow them with authority in front of the cast and crew. Let them understand that stage management is a powerful career gateway. Rather than representing it as a fall back alternative to acting or directing, make them aware of the many opportunities to be gainfully employed in an important profession. (TB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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