1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2536-19 Stage Manager

Plans, organises, supervises and coordinates the activities of workers responsible for placing set and properties, and operating lighting and sound equipment as part of dramatic productions.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks Include:

  • confers with production personnel to determine production requirements
  • interprets stage or set diagrams to determine layout
  • carries out Art Director's instructions by supervising crew engaged in placing of scenery, equipment or properties
  • implements instructions from Media Producers and Directors during course of production
  • reads annotated script during rehearsals and performances and gives cues for lights, properties and sound effects using cue cards, hand signals and radio
  • gives cues and directions to ensure that Actors, Singers or Dancers appear in the right place at the right time
  • conducts production meetings and controls communications during productions
  • administers running costs and petty cash float during rehearsals and performances

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