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Question 1 of 20
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
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List of Stage Manager Interview Questions
  1. What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
  2. What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?
  3. Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
  4. What excites you the most about this position?
  5. Tell me about your stage management experience.
  6. Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
  7. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  8. How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
  9. When deadlines approach, how do you deal with them?
  10. How do you stay organized?
  11. Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
  12. How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
  13. What was your first show as a Stage Manager, or in a position where you had stage management responsibilities?
  14. Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for a career as a Stage Manager.
  15. Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?
  16. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
  17. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  18. What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?
  19. Why did you or do you wish to pursue a career as Stage Manager?
  20. Why should we hire you?
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December 19th, 2014

Stage management is the practice of organizing and coordinating a theatrical production. It encompasses a variety of activities, including organizing the production and coordinating communications between various personnel (e.g., between director and backstage crew, or actors and production management). Stage management is a sub-discipline of stagecraft.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Stage_management
Stage Manager User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 20
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My most challenging task as a stage manager is not been able to finish a given project.
2.
Getting different agencies to agree to rehearsal schedules.
3.
Getting to find a fit person for a specific character.
4.
Getting to find a fit person for a specific character.
5.
To embark with the problem being faced with the actors.
Question 2 of 20
What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My most successful production was The Drowsy Chaperone last fall. It was a positive experience for all involved and even set box office records at my school.
2.
Les miserables, large cast, many costumes, many props, full orchestra.
3.
I would have to say I enjoyed them all but there are a few that really stand out to me the first one was my first show. I made no money Only family and friends came out. And a few other people. It was pretty much a crowd no show. The other two were the shaquile oneil all star comedy jam & the isley brothers. Between those two shows I learned so much from the crew I worked with.
4.
My most recent one where I got to manage a very small show called the Law of 8 that went on in the Sean O'Casey Theater in Dublin. It was great to see it go so well after so many twists and tails in the road to get there but thankfully it all worked out in the end.
5.
I feel that most have been a success in there own way. Each production is different it has had its up and down, it's difficulties and triumphs. It's all part of the thrill of putting on a show.
Question 3 of 20
Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I think I work well under stressful situations as it gives my work a goal. I like to give myself time limits when completing tasks anyway as it puts pressure on me and usually leads to better quality work.
2.
I think I work well under stressful situations as it gives my work a goal. I like to give myself time limits when completing tasks anyway as it puts pressure on me and usually leads to better quality work.
3.
Just remember, it's only play-practice. We take our jobs very seriously, as we should, but it's important to remember that the stakes aren't really that high and that taking a breath and chilling out a bit might lead you to the solution you're looking for.
4.
In stressful situations, I tend to focus on resolving the situation first. Therefore, in terms of what happened to cause it, I'm only focused on the parts of the story that will find a solution for the time being. Typically, my strategy is to not allow panic to make the problem seem bigger than it is and focus on securing the necessary resources to find a solution.
5.
Remain calm and analytical.
Question 4 of 20
What excites you the most about this position?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Well I love interacting with people..
2.
It helps me to meet new person and to interact with new persons.
3.
Working with people and taking pride in what you do.
4.
Getting to combine my love for the theatre with my love for leadership and creating something meaningful that runs with efficiency and organization.
5.
Being able to get everybody invoveld in one project one goal to putthe best show on for as many people as possible. To think everyone is watching this show and has know idea I am running it.
Question 5 of 20
Tell me about your stage management experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I work as the PSM for a university BFA actor training program. As such, it is part of my job to demonstrate the level of professionalism that the students will encounter later in their careers. However, college students are not always so professional. I've had two, I repeat, two actors pee their pants during performances; I've managed a project in which our leading man was only available for 6 hours per week of rehearsal due to conflicts with the other theater he was working at; and I've had to go onstage for an actor who missed a flight into town on closing night. It's stressful, sometimes, to know that the only way the toddlers that I work with are able to put a show onstage is because I hold their hand the whole way there. However, the meeting with the cast at the end of a great closing performance is one of the most gratifying moments I know of.
2.
Experience has shown me that the more organised I can be, the better the outcome in all situations. I also learn to expect the unexpected and find solutions to problems when they arise.
3.
When the director and actors tell me my work supported the outcome.
4.
Working with a wide variety of people, there different characters. Different venues and environments and the wide variations of tasks you have to do from making tea in rehearsal, to putting up lighting and sound to running the show.
5.
It's had some ups and downs and working with different directors that all have different ways of doing things has been a challenge but you acclamat to it and it becomes a passion. It's something I've grown to love and I love being good at it.
Question 6 of 20
Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Formally, I have no stage management training. I've been in a mentor relationship with a good friend for several years now, and I've been working professionally in the field for going on five seasons.
2.
I have been working as a stage manager and technician for over 12 years. My backgound is in nursing but interest in the stage started when I worked with a team at the Barbican Arts centre providing emergency medical cover and overseeing health and safety requirements.
3.
It all started in middle school joining drama club and realizing acting is not my forte. I because a student director and looked up that what I was doing then was stage management work. Looked into performing arts high schools and my passion grew from there. I fazed out of it when I graduated but now I'm finally getting back into it and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Question 7 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
With attention to detail, and carefull with spending.
2.
I'm reliable and organised always commit to the project / production 100%. I keep calm and solve problems quickly and effectively. Hard worker who doesn't stop until the job is done. I start and finish the day with a smile and make a great cup of tea.
3.
Because not only do I love stage managing. I don't look at it as a job or being forced into it. It's a serious passion of mine and being able to wake up everyday and love to go to work is something I've always looked forward to doing. I'm good at stage managing and always strive to be better.
Question 8 of 20
How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Being very diplomatic and trying to find a solution to the problem that will restore harmony.
2.
I step in and over my opinion and if it's two people upset I do my best to help calm them.
Question 9 of 20
When deadlines approach, how do you deal with them?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Using a check list to see what still needs to be done and allocating work as appropriate.
2.
I always make sure anything that's realted to a deadline is not done last minute.
Question 10 of 20
How do you stay organized?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By drawing up time lines of what needs to be done and by what date. By attending production meetings and to discuss work in progress and matters arising.
2.
I keep a register of chores and a daily log book.
3.
I use my prompt book that is sectioned off by script. Cast. Crew. Lighting. Sound scenery. Props. Costumes and other.
Question 11 of 20
Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Have a team meeting with them at the start of each day/session alocating the workload and ensuring they know what is expected of them that day. Also ensuring the know who to refer to if they have problems.
2.
I tell them what I expect and give them the opportunity to shine.
3.
I like to use my assistant stage mangers as ones to help me gather rehearsal props and even run rehear score if their is one. Sometimes they're also a great help when it comes to bigger casts they help manage attendance or even any directors notes.
Question 12 of 20
How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Look at cast list, scene changes and specific staging instructions, then read through to get a feel for the play.
2.
I usually read it in sections and absorb the action .
3.
I like to go through and mark any props, scene changes, sound notes and even make a character key for blocking.
Question 13 of 20
What was your first show as a Stage Manager, or in a position where you had stage management responsibilities?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Edges. It went great for my first time. Few rough patches by who doesn't make a few scrapes and bumps along the way?
Question 14 of 20
Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for a career as a Stage Manager.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My background is in nursing and this has entrusted me with great organisational skills as when people need medical attention it cannot be forgotten or put on hold. I also enjoy working with people and am a great communicater.
2.
I went to one of the top performing arts high schools in Georgia. My director made sure I did everything before I stage mangaged my first show and that certainly was a fantastic ideas.
Question 15 of 20
Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Organise rehearsal schedules, care of costume and props, technical assistance with lighting and sound, preparation of stage, scenery, rigging, health and safety of the people in the working space.
2.
Making sure everybody is on time for the call, all props are in place, everything behind the curtain functions.
3.
Assisting the director. Maintaining a prompt book. Managing the rehearsal--making sure on track Communicating with actors and technicians.
Question 16 of 20
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Very. Working under pressure is actually the easiest for me. That's the best time I can think through what I can do. My brain functions better when I'm under pressure actually.
2.
Yes, I am calm under pressure.
Question 17 of 20
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My greatest weakness right now is being too sensitive. Sometimes when I get yelled at over and over and over in a row it's gets me a little upset. But, at the moment I'm actually working on just taking it all in and moving forward to focus on what I can do to fix the issue.
2.
Sometimes I pay too much attention to detail on tasks that do not require such scrutany. By prioretising tasks and using a time line this is improving.
Question 18 of 20
What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have excellent organisational abilities and can work under pressure and time constraints which is vital when deadlines have to be met.
2.
My ability to be organised and focuses on the challenges ahead. To help ease and negotiate with creative differences.
3.
My greatest strength is organization and that is a big part of being a stage manger. Yes, you could be a stage manager and not be organized but at the end of the day when you have all your ducks in a row it's so much easier to be on top of things and to de-stress your director as well.
Question 19 of 20
Why did you or do you wish to pursue a career as Stage Manager?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I enjoy being part of a team with an end goal in site. I am very organised and an excellent communicater and these are specific qualities I can use in this post.
2.
I love working with different people you come into contect with.... The thrill of working on a show.... The finished product.
3.
I chose to become a stage manager because I love to over look things. You get to have the basic knowledge of everything in the theatre and on the actors side as well.
Question 20 of 20
Why should we hire you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
You should hire me because I have a passion for this and feel that I have the right skills and attitude to work well in this industry.
2.
Because I will be a great asset to your future sucess.
3.
I love stage management, and I would love an opportunity to learn more about the field by participating in this internship. I especially appreciate educational theatre, and I want to be a part of it at your establishment. My passion for the art and my capabilities warrant me as a suitable candidate for this position.
4.
I'm good at my job. I love doing it. In fact it's not just a job for me. It's my passion and dream. I look forward to being apart of a team and being capable of making something amazing happen just to entertain people. Theatre is a beautiful thing and when you have great people to help you put it together it's just more magical. Stage managing to me is something I have just chose to do it I feel like I was meant to be a stage manager.
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