Stage Management

by Briana Shipley








Unit Objective:

Students will be able to understand the responsibilities and duties of a stage manager by creating a prompt book.


National Core Arts Theatre Standards


a. Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.
b. Identify essential text information, research from various sources, and the director’s concept that influence character choices in a drama/theatre work.



b. Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.



c. Formulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of a drama/ theatre work by considering its specific purpose or intended audience.


Enduring Understandings:

 Respect and collaboration

 Responsibility and Organization


Essential Questions:

 How does one person affect an entire ensemble?

 What is the importance of every role in the theatre?


Big Idea:

A Stage Manager is the organization and communication behind a production. The skills and knowledge needed to be a successful stage manager is vast.


Key Knowledge and Skills:

 Students will understand a vast majority of the vocabulary associated with stage management

 Students will be able to clearly and professionally complete several of the tasks designated to a stage manager

 Students will learn organization and communication skills


Authentic Performance Tasks:

 Stage Manager Prompt Book, which includes:

o Contact Sheet

o Production Calendar

o Blocking notation for one small scene

o Light, sound, and stage cues marked in entire script

o One rehearsal report

o Tabs to denote all sections

 Written Final


Lesson 1: Good Qualities and Responsibilities of a Stage Manager

Educational Objective: Students will be able to identify the responsibilities and qualities of a stage manager by answering questions on a worksheet.


Lesson 2: Production Calendar and Contact Sheet

Educational Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to generate a production calendar and contact sheet by creating one for a hypothetical production.


Lesson 3: Blocking Notation and Rehearsal Reports

Educational Objective: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of blocking notation in a script and how to write a rehearsal report by creating these for a hypothetical show.


Lesson 4: Cuing a Script and Calling a Show, Review for Written Test

Educational Objective: Students will understand how to write in and call cues by calling a show.


Lesson 5: Prompt book Due Final Written Test

Educational Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basics of a stage manager’s duties by taking a written final and presenting their final prompt book.


*Note: This unit is built for flexible 30-60 minute lesson plans in order to allow stage crew members time to work on set construction and lighting work for school events or productions.

Stage Management Unit of Lessons.Briana Shipley