Stage Management

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
25 May 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W900 Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film),
BA W900MV Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)

Module description

In this module students will explore the various duties of the stage management team and the different roles they adopt at all stages of preparing for and putting on a production. Students will learn and practice how to examine scripts in advance of rehearsals and learn how a technical rehearsal works prior to the opening of a show. Through this module they will work independently as well as learning key skills for leading and supporting a team.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To equip students with the basic skills of a stage manager

  • To develop students’ knowledge of the role of the stage manager within the context of a theatre production

  • To provide practical experience of stage management through hands-on learning

  • To build student confidence in managing events

  • To develop students’ understanding and experience of strategies for effective group work.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will:

Have an understanding of:

  1. The terminology used in the rehearsal room and production

  2. The various roles within a stage management team

  3. The customary process in preparing to open a production in a theatre

  4. Health and Safety requirements in the theatre

Development of:

  1. The core skills and concepts necessary to manage a theatrical space and performers

  2. Ability to respond imaginatively to the demands of a stage manager

  3. IT skills that will help to support performances and technical rehearsals

  4. Ability to create a cue sheet and the knowledge of how to cue a performance

Module information


  • The relationship between the stage manager and the other production departments.

  • The roles of the Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager, and Assistant Stage Manager during preproduction, rehearsal and performance.

  • Use of the prompt script and notations for recording blocking.

  • Awareness of Health and Safety procedures.

  • Best practice for managing a team.

  • Cueing and calling a performance.

Learning and teaching methods

Stage Management will be taught through whole group seminars, workshops, and independent study tasks. Students will undertake both classroom-based learning and practical groupwork.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

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Further information
East 15 Acting School

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