Essay on The Evolution Of Stage Management

1831 Words Aug 15th, 2015 8 Pages
To examine the evolution of stage management, we must first examine how the term came about, and other terms for the stage managers predecessors. Then we can begin to look into how the role has evolved over time into the present craft students are being taught on technical production courses in theatre in different locations around the world.
To begin, we must investigate the term of ‘stage management’. As we look back into history, we can see that people who were what we know today as stage managers, did not have that title, however they performed a similar function in the theatre. In the 1800s we can see that stage management would have been two roles; actor-manager, someone who was usually an actor, but also managed the company and props of performances, and a book-keeper, someone who was the actors’ prompt and also knew the blocking of the performance (Gordon Craig, 1962). Beyond this point in history, we begin to lose clarity as to the terms used, however we can infer that someone who performed a similar role to todays satge manager must have existed to control such things as the theatre licensing, scenic changes and timing of particular elements (Maccoy, 2005).
This prototypical stage manager can first begin to be seen in the time of Roman theatre and the Middle Ages where use of a stage and incorporating elements of what would usually be in the audience’s imagination into the production. Perhaps the best piece of evidence showing great technical entrepreneurship is…

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