I find that there is much more to stage management than simply ensuring that a show gets on its feet, and much of it cannot be learned from a book. The sense of camaraderie that develops throughout the process of creating a show has always been my favorite aspect of theatre, and I strive to make myself approachable. I want to build a relationship of trust with my cast and stage management team, striking a balance between friendliness and authority.
Over my college career I pushed myself to gain experience in other areas of theatre, primarily costuming and lighting. In addition to building these skills in an academic setting, I have also worked with Ozark Actors Theatre as a production intern and with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp as technical theatre assistant. These opportunities have improved my stage management skills, providing a thorough understanding of what other departments need from my team to be successful.
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