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Paperback Stage Management Book

ISBN: 0205273033

ISBN13: 9780205273034

Stage Management

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First published in 1974, this venerable text systematically examines the practical aspects of the stage manager's role and responsibilities. Features include a master calendar and prompt scripts, as well as discussion of how to work with production designers; the use of light, sound, and costumes; c

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Good Book BUT . . .

Indeed the Lawrence Stern Book is one of many excellent books on the topic of Stage Management. Perhaps the now plethora of excellent texts comes from the intrinsic organizational skills required in the industry. At one time the LS text was the only modern text on the topic, but since there are now a number of great books, some even better, I'd urge folks to consider them. The Thomas Kelly book, for instance has a very similar organization, and seems to be somewhat more current. To me the Kelly book is a much better value.

Becoming a stage manager

A few years ago, I got my first of many stage management jobs. I had absolutley no idea what to do. So I checked out a little book intitled, Stage Management:a guide of practical techniques. I could not put the book down!(and I'm not into self-help books!) It was filled with great ideas on how to be helpful not only to the director and the actors, but to yourself too. I still follow many of the techniques today. It really helped me out on my first job, and is still doing so now. I fully reccommend this book to all new stage managers, it gives you ideas of organization, how to deal with contrary actors and directors.

The most easily-read and helpful text I have ever read.

Stern writes as if he were sitting around talking. The book is extremely easy to read. And the subject of stage management is so thouroughly covered that I feel confident to approach any task a director would lay before me. Appropriately nicknamed, this is the "Bible of Stage Management"!


This book is completely indispensible. It helped me very much, and I recommend it to anyone involved in theatre - either onstage or backstage.

What every SM should read

I read this book and it changed the way I looked at SMs, it changed the way my theatre operated. I couldn't imagine trying to survive as an SM without this book. And, in adition, when I wrote to Mr. Stern concerning his book, I got a personal, prompt, courteous reply; he an example to all SMs, and is dying to share what he has learned with you.
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