Presented in a textbook style this book explains and teaches the technical methodologies and techniques practiced in the professional theatre by the stage management team, lighting and sound designer or technician. It’s well written and presented, the information is readily accessible and there are plenty of illustrations and b+w photographs to accompany the text. Scott Palmer has included tips and tasks on design ideas throughout the book that are thought provoking and inspiring, making it an essential source for both theatre students and professionals alike.
Essentials of Stage Management provides a step-by-step guide to a little-seen but essential role in theater. As Nicholas Hytner writes in the foreword to this volume, “nobody in the theatre has to know more about everyone else’s job” than the stage manager. Peter Maccoy draws upon his extensive experience as a stage manager and as a teacher to lay out the functions and responsibilities of this key theatrical profession. Chapters cover the role of stage management, stage manager as manager, research and preparation, preparing for rehearsal, the rehearsal period, the production period, the performance and beyond, stage properties, safe practice, and contemporary practice. Includes a bibliography, six appendixes, and index.