The Deputy Stage Manager often referred to as ‘DSM’ is required to assist the Stage Manager. The Deputy Stage Managers role is to follow the script and ensure all technical cues are correct and all crew members perform the correct effects at the correct time.
You can find opportunities in stage management on the Get Into Theatre website here.
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a Deputy Stage Manager, however any qualifications in the following areas would be beneficial:
Find training opportunities in stage management on the Get Into Theatre website here.
There are desirable skills to have which will make you the ideal candidate for the job and these include:
Some organisations require you to have at least a year’s worth of experience in some sort of managerial position to show you can lead a team. Being a Deputy Stage Manager is a very crucial role to the success of a production and your involvement is very rewarding. If this is a career you’d like to pursue, begin by applying for entry level positions and work experience to gain new skills and work your way up from there. You can also apply for entry level roles in other positions such as Backstage Crew or Assistant Stage Manager and work your way up to Deputy Stage Manager.
You can find Deputy Stage Manager jobs on The Stage Jobs website here.
A starting salary for a Deputy Stage Manager can be between £480-£560 per week.
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Published: 12 August 2019