What current available training for stage managers is relevant for establishing the role professionally in British theatre today?
(2014) What current available training for stage managers is relevant for establishing the role professionally in British theatre today?, no. 59.
This dissertation aims to explore the relevance of stage management training in 21st century Britain. The study will evaluate the institutions in the UK that offer specialised training in stage management, and discuss the relevance of professional training against shadowing, short courses and experiential learning. The study explores the progression of stage management from its emergence in Egyptian ritual, to its formalisation and establishment within British theatre and curriculum. This study is crucial for students and individuals who wish to begin a career in stage management. The thesis will inform any individuals of where facilitates what training, therefore giving the individual the information they need to decide upon a course of training. Primary research is carried out through interviews with professional stage managers, online testimonials, and employer job descriptions. Secondary research is executed through literary sources dedicated to stage management. The outcome of the study indicates that it is not necessary to receive formal training in stage management in order to begin a career in the field. However, the research shows that formal or basic training can be beneficial to the aspiring stage manager.