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Stage Management

Course Code: STGE 1220
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 5 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the role and responsibilities of the Stage Manager. Students will develop a production prompt script for a play. The rehearsal process, moving from rehearsal to stage, and technical rehearsals will be emphasized.

Course Content

  1. Pre-Production:
    • paperwork and forms
    • schedules
    • prompt script
    • audition procedures
    • professional attitude
  2. Rehearsals:
    • blocking notation
    • french scenes
    • prompting
    • calls and postings
    • reports
    • Canadian Theatre Agreement, CAEA, PACT
    • production meetings
  3. Technical Rehearsals:
    • dry technical
    • cue to cue
    • dress rehearsal
  4. Running the Show:
    • cue calls
    • backstage supervision and etiquette
    • show reports
    • call sheets
    • cast morale

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive 3 hours of lecture/demonstration per week that includes independent and group work.

Means of Assessment

Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, and the ability to meet deadlines.

Professionalism: 5 indicators X 10% 50%
In-class Quiz 10%
Production Prompt Script 40%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. describe the relationship of the Stage Manager within the organizational team
  2. describe the duties and responsibilities of the Stage Manager for theatrical events
  3. describe some of the techniques employed by the Stage Manager during pre-production, run and post-production periods
  4. describe professionalism and work ethic appropriate to tasks and situations
  5. find information in the Canadian Theatre Agreement
  6. develop a prompt script

course prerequisites

Acceptance to Stagecraft Program or permission of the Stagecraft Program Coordinator.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.