Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Stage Management

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO STAGE MANAGEMENT

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    168

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

This course introduces the student to the basic principles of stage management, including a study of differences between educational, community, and professional productions. The course includes the basic techniques used to oversee rehearsals and performances, assembling a prompt book, supervision of stage craft staff and compliance with safety regulations.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the general concepts, techniques and terminology related to stage management.
  2. Recall, identify, compare and contrast the various concepts, techniques and terminology related to stage management.
  3. Develop sufficient knowledge and skills to prepare a prompt book for a theatrical prod.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of safety procedures related to stage management.
  5. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of crew and performer supervision as it relates to stage management.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Course will have three components
    • The lecture component will explain and discuss the administrative and production responsibilities of a stage manager with emphasis on differences between education, community and professional theatre.
    • The application of lecture component will be the student completing a prmpt book for a chosen production showing the difference among the three types of theatre (educational, community, and professional).
    • Application, of the above, will be with students experience as a stage manager or assistant stage on a current Drama Department production.
  2. Production concept
  3. Relationship between production, artistic an administrative staffs
  4. Responsibilities of the educational stage manager
  5. Responsibilities of the community stage manager
  6. Responsibilities of the professional stage manager
  7. Union and non-union production companies
  8. Crew supervisor
  9. Rehearsal and production safety