Theatre management, or stage management, relates to the practice of organising and coordinating a theatrical production. This discipline includes several activities such as supervising the performing process and coordinating the communication among different members of the staff. Theatre management requires an understanding of the whole production aspects and organisational support to ensure a smooth and efficient process.
A theatre manager is a person who has the responsibility for the stage management and the efficient execution of the theatrical production. Theatre management can be performed by an individual or a group of people which have roles such as head stage manager, production stage manager and assistant stage manager.
The concept of theatre management date back to Sophocles who was the first stage technician. In the Middle age, it was common hire people who were serving as a prompter on stage in case the actors were forgetting their parts. In the renaissance century, two were the role adopted in the stage management: Stage keeper and Bookkeeper. The first was responsible for the theatre maintenance. The second dealt with the scripts, obtaining their licences, copying lines for the actors and creating sounds effects. In the 17th century, theatre management emerged as a distinct role, however, the term ‘stage manager’ was firstly used in England in the 18th century.
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