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Stage Manager: The Professional Experience

Stage Manager: The Professional Experience
Author: Larry Fazio
ISBN 13: 9780240804101
ISBN 10: 240804104
Edition: 1
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 2000-07-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 364
List Price: $68.95

  • A practical guide to all aspects of the stage manager's job
  • Interviews with professionals about on-the-job experiences
  • Both basic and more advanced information is included to provide a single reference for students and beginning professionals
In every theatrical production, a single indispensable person is responsible for ensuring that scenery, lighting, actors, directors, sound artists are in sync. Stage Manager: the Professional Experience takes the reader through all aspects of the craft of stage management, from prompt books and laptops to relationships and people management. It offers an extensive discussion of what makes a good stage manager, and takes the reader through each phase of a production from getting hired, to auditions and rehearsals, to the run and closing of the show.

Larry Fazio, stage manager, director, and now author, has worked in professional theatre since the early 1960s, when as a member of the armed forces, he toured with shows produced by the Department of the Army's Music, Theatre, and Entertainment Program. On scholarship to the world-famous Pasadena Playhouse and at California State University at Fullerton he completed work for his Bachelors Degree and, received the Best Director Award for his production of The Brick and the Rose. His first big break as a professional stage manager came with the 1974 musical stage production of Gone with the Wind. He has worked professionally in theatre ever since, managing star productions of musicals, dramas, and comedies throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe.