The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival

From Scheduling to Show Reports: A Day in the Life of a Stage Manager

with Kate Redding

Wonder who makes lights and sound happen when they’re supposed to while you’re watching a play? Curious about how costumes and props get to where they’re needed during a show? Have you asked yourself why the cast gestures to the back of the audience during bows? When a show comes to your school, do you ponder about who makes sure that the actors/set/costumes are all there and ready to go? Do you love theatre, but don’t want to be onstage? “From Scheduling to Show Reports – A Day in the Life of a Stage Manager” will answer all these questions, and more. Learn about what a Stage Manager is, the (many) different responsibilities they have, from preliminary design meetings to final show reports, and about life in theatre when you’re the one running the show. You’ll get a chance to look at a Stage Manager Prompt Book, hear some stories of show life on the road and in a theatre, and ask lots of questions.

All DramaFest workshops have limited availability. Availability may also be limited due to bookings by other classes.

  • This workshop will help students to make connections in knowledge, skills and attitude developed through experiences and opportunities for participation in the artistic community.
  • This workshop aims to introduce students to other aspects of theatre, aside from acting; and to inspire students who love theatre to explore different ways to get involved.

Kate is a professional Equity Stage Manager, based in Halifax. She has worked with nearly all the professional theatre companies in Nova Scotia, including Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Ship’s Company, LunaSea, Halifax Theatre for Young People, and Festival Antigonish. Summer 2019 was Kate’s fifth season with Shakespeare by the Sea, as Production Stage Manager. Kate has been involved with the process of bringing many Nova Scotian new works to stage, including Wizard of Oz, (SBTS), Lullaby, Inside the Halifax Explosion (EFT), Pinocchio (SBTS), The West Woods (Mulgrave), Creepy and Little Manson (EFT) and Diligent River Daughter (Ship’s). A love of travel has guided Kate to finding ways to work while seeing the world. Before COVID, she was preparing for her 12th (and first international) tour, to China with Mermaid Theatre. She has done numerous school tours with Neptune Theatre, and has recently toured with Tarragon Theatre and Theatre New Brunswick. View Kate’s profile.

  1. Bill requires two weeks notice for booking. 
  2. This workshop is closed to indigenous students only.
  3. This workshop can be offered as a multi-part series. 
  4. Students remain seated throughout this workshop.
  5. This workshop is ideal for classrooms with space for students to move around. 
  6. This workshop can include take-home work. 
  7. This workshop is interactive and includes group work.

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Please note: Theatre Nova Scotia respectfully requests that schools and community groups ideally do not cancel workshops once they are booked, unless absolutely necessary. If a group must cancel or reschedule, please give us a week of prior notice. In these precarious days for arts workers, TNS is going to great lengths to provide schools with exceptional theatre education and local artists with paid work in our industry. Please be aware that artists may have turned down other paid work to accommodate these workshop bookings. Thank you for your understanding.

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Students stay seated throughout this workshop.