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Stage Managers

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Stage managers must have a great deal of experience working in the theater. Most, but not all, have acted as assistant stage managers before obtaining their first position, and many have worked other types of theater jobs, which helps them understand all the elements of a successful production. Stage managers must know a little about everything in the theater, including acting, directing, set design, lighting, costuming, and more. The more knowledgeable the stage manager is, the more successful he or she will be in the job.

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