The curriculum emphasises the role of stage management as a conduit between the director and the production team throughout the rehearsal process, the management of the performance itself and the acquisition of furniture and props.
Today’s Stage Manager must have excellent ‘people’ skills, being responsible for communicating developments as they occur through rehearsals and negotiating solutions to the production challenges identified. The strand aims to produce stage managers who are able to adapt to any production setting ranging from more traditional West End theatre to large-scale outdoor events.
Students will further develop practical management skills through working in production teams on a number of realised productions with students on the other Theatre Practice strands and other courses, as well as with visiting professionals.
Students are introduced to a model of practice that underpins traditional British theatre as experienced in the commercial and subsidised sectors. However, through realised production opportunities, students also experience alternative methods of practice including community, small-scale fringe, devised, physical, visual, site-responsive and immersive theatre
Complete units to develop the basic skills necessary for creating a performance, through a series of workshops and realised projects. Undertake classes and workshops, including managing rehearsals and performance, blocking and working with the cast and director, marking-up, show calling, props sourcing and adapting, costume supervision and sewing, lighting, sound and staging technology. Workshops focusing on text analysis, group dynamics, communication, and current legislation including health and safety. Stage manage a realised production, working with students from the BA (Hons) Acting and other courses.
Taught sessions including score-reading, company management, pyrotechnics, firearms and blood effects and event management. Projects range from main-house, proscenium theatre shows to site-responsive, fringe work, or projects outside Central, including community theatre, immersive theatre and event management. Students may also be required to operate sound and lighting on small-scale productions.
Undertake at least one role with significant management responsibilities and/or a role on a larger-scale or more challenging production. Students research and organise a suitable placement in order to broaden knowledge and understanding of the areas of work they wish to enter upon graduation.
Students are actively encouraged to build on contacts made during the course in order to set-up professional placements for their final year. Stage Management students regularly undertake placements with a range of companies, which have included the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Court Theatre, Chicken Shed, Bush Theatre, Complicite, Young Vic, Walk the Plank and Hampstead Theatre.