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Date of Award


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Bachelor of Arts


Theatre Arts


SMing at UR in the past has been done by students needing their leadership credit for the major. My freshman year, on one of the shows I ASMed, the SM was an actor who was an actress and who had pretty limited experience SMing. Other students SMed shows under the guidance of a professional SM who acted as the PSM, and the process was treated as a learning experience. Since sophomore year, though, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to SM myself, and for other shows, they’ve hired professional SMs to come in because there have been few other students to show interest or adequate ability. I personally love SMing and I think more people should try it out, but it’s not for everyone. Especially in academic theatre, it can be hard to manage SMing a show and classwork. Also, it is an especially daunting job if you’re new to it. As I’ve told many other people, the jump from ASMing to SMing is a HUGE one, and it can be really scary. Hopefully, though, with this handbook, I make it a little less daunting. In this handbook, I’ve tried to put all of my knowledge about SMing and SMing at UR in particular. There are definitely things I have forgotten here and room for variation of style, but what I have here is a pretty good groundwork for the SMing of a UR show.

The University of Richmond hasn’t seen too many stage management students recently, and as one of them, I want to encourage the development and growth of more. And even if you’re not interested in pursuing stage management as a career, I always think it’s good to try out other areas of theatre, just to gain an appreciation for what others contribute (and perhaps you’ll even find you like it).