stage manager


: one who supervises the physical aspects of a stage production, assists the director during rehearsals, and is in charge of the stage during a performance

Examples of stage manager in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the models begin to line up before a staircase leading to the runway, a stage manager pores over a floor plan with one of them, explaining the route. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2023 On Broadway in 1953, he was hired as stage manager on Mid-Summer, starring Geraldine Page and Mark Stevens, and joined the original production of South Pacific as an assistant stage manager (Leachman had played Ensign Nellie Forbush in that). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2023 But when Today's stage manager Yosef Herzog slowly made his way into the frame, the weatherman made his own funny face and decided to play along with what was going on around him. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2023 Producing artistic director of Music Theater Works Kyle Dougan says with 150 shows, the theater has seen over 4,500 performers alongside 1,000 staff members including directors, designers, stage managers, musicians and backstage crew. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 The Actors’ Equity Association represents more than 51,000 stage managers and actors across the country and oversees all theatrical work in the United States, which means stage work is not part of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2023 Among the many groups that were created, The Black Theatre Coalition, which is now partnered with the directory, was started to help create employment opportunities for Black theater candidates, while Broadway & Beyond created a hiring database of stage managers of color. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2023 Dave Mason is in charge of preparing the audio for the stage and will act as stage manager during the week. Jared Quigg, Chicago Tribune, 19 July 2023 Galvin plays Glenn, the camp’s overworked stage manager who harbors a secret knack for the spotlight. Laura Zornosa, Time, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stage manager was in 1805

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“Stage manager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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stage manager

: a person who is in charge of the stage and the related details of a theatrical production

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