Stage Management for Teens
Photo credit: BSC School of Dramatic Arts - University of Southern California
Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 1 - 4 pm
Location: Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor Portage Place, 393 Portage Avenue
Have you been tapped to be the stage manager of your school play or musical? Wonder what it is that a stage manager actually does? This three-hour workshop will help demystify the world of the stage manager for you and give you practical information and tips on how to carry out this critically important and highly responsible role. You’ll learn what the job of a professional stage manager entails, and how that translates to behind the scenes of a school show. You’ll find out what a good prompt book looks like (and what a “prompt book” is), plus get tips on organizing your crew and interacting with the actors, and how the stage manager sets the tone for a smooth rehearsal and performance process.
Melissa Novecosky has had the pleasure of working on over 50 productions at theatres across the country since 2006. Trained at the National Theatre School, she has honed her skills on a variety of productions from some the smallest stages to some of the largest. Some selected musical theatre credits include: stage manager for Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, West Side Story, The Producers, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow Stage), Billy Elliot the Musical (Royal MTC), Bloodless: The Trial of Burke & Hare (White Rabbit Productions) and assistant stage manager for The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Annie, Footloose (Rainbow Stage), Next to Normal, White Christmas (Royal MTC).
As a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and a member of Equity’s National Council, representing the stage management region, Melissa is committed is advocating for stage managers and mentoring young artists.