The Assistant Stage Manager assists the Stage manager in completing a wide number and variety of responsibilities, which can be broken down into three primary categories: handling the majority of the administrative duties related to a production, assisting the director during rehearsals, and being responsible for all backstage activity once the show opens.
The ASM is part of the management team of the production. His or her behavior should reflect this. The ASM should set an example in punctuality and professionalism. It is important that the ASM is flexible and will take initiative. Because each production is different, an ASM’s specific responsibilities will change.
- Help the Stage Manager tape out the floorplan.
- Help the Stage Manager pull rehearsal props and furniture.
- Help the Stage Manager with any needed clerical help.
- Help the Stage Manager insure the stage or rehearsal space is ready for each rehearsal. This could include sweeping, setting up furniture, set pieces, and props. The SM may ask the ASM to contact late company members.
- Notate blocking if asked by the Stage Manager.
- Be “on book” if asked by the Stage Manager. A procedure for prompting should be arranged with the actors and director.
- May be expected to run the “deck” during tech rehearsals and performances. It is important the ASM has a complete understanding of the placement and movement of scenic pieces and props.
- May be the ASM’s responsibility to train the running crew.
- Help the SM insure every thing is put away and the facility is locked up after rehearsals and/or performances.
- Should the Stage Manager be unable to fulfill their duties, the ASM should be prepared to take over those responsibilities during both rehearsal and performance.
Online application for this position.