PERF06015 2010 Stage Management

General Details

Full Title
Stage Management
Transcript Title
Stage Management
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
HUMA - Humanities
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2010 - Full Academic Year 2010-11
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai, Niall Colleary
Programme Membership
SG_HPERF_H08 201100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting)

An introduction to stage management in the performing arts. Explores the role of stage manager in the production and running of a stage performance, and teaches the practical skills of stage management.

Topics include script analysis, schedules, cue markings and prompt scripts, organisational requirements, technical rehearsals and show calling.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Prepare and manage a prompt copy, which defines actors' movements and calls,technical cues, stage elements, props and moving scenery.


Understand the role of the stage manager in all the various stages of a production process.


Be able to analyse and interpret the script, plans, models and designs for all relevant technical and production information.


Prepare for rehearsal and obtain all necessary resources, such as props, costumes, and settings.


Give cues for lighting, sound, cast entrances, moving scenery and other performance elements.


Demonstrate an understanding of OH& S issues and take appropriate actions where necessary.

Module Assessment Strategies

  1. Prompt copy                            30%
  2. Contribution and participation    30%
  3. Written examination                 40%

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Script analysis
  2. Scheduling
  3. Cue Marking
  4. Developing prompt script.
  5. Pre-rehearsal tasks
  6. Working in the rehearsal room (with acting students engaged in a live production process).
  7. Get in period.
  8. Technical and dress rehearsal.
  9. Calling and running the show.
  10. Post show responsibility.
  11. Health and safety issues.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2,4,5,6
2 Performance Evaluation (Prompt Script) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 2,3,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box Rehearsal room 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bond, D. Stage management: A gentle art. London: Black. 1991.

Palmer, S. The essential guide to stage management lighting and sound London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2000

Reid, F.. The staging handbook. London: Black. 2001.

Reid, F.. The stage lighting  handbook. A & C Black, 2001, (2004)


Other Resources

Moodle online learning resource.

Additional Information