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Top 20 Stage Manager Interview Questions

Question 1 of 20
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
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"(X duty you consider challenging on the job posting) is one I consider challenging as I never had to perform this duty. However, I am positive I will successfully be able to perform this duty due to my (X acquired skills or X experience that will enable you to succeed in this role - such as project management skills acquired while working as a Project Manager). I am sure I can easily transfer these skills acquired in this role to this position."
Answer this question by mentioning the stage management duties you have considered the most challenging - or consider challenging based upon the job posting, while expressing your previously acquired skills that will enable you to nevertheless successfully complete those duties.
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Question 2 of 20
What was the most successful production you have worked on, and in your opinion, what contributed to its success?
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"The production I consider the most successful is (X successful production). I think it was so successful due to the great team work and great commitment of all parties involved. A production involves a lot of people and every task matter. This is why I am very committed to every project as I am part of the collective and know each task affects the finished product."
Answer by mentioning a production you worked on that was a success, and the reasons why. Ensure to mention what you did to contribute to the success of the production which will show the interviewer you will use similar skills in this job.
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Question 3 of 20
Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
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Question 4 of 20
What excites you the most about this position?
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Question 5 of 20
Tell me about your stage management experience.
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Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
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Question 7 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 8 of 20
How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
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Question 9 of 20
When deadlines approach, how do you deal with them?
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Question 10 of 20
How do you stay organized?
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Question 11 of 20
Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
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Question 12 of 20
How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
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Question 13 of 20
What was your first show as a Stage Manager, or in a position where you had stage management responsibilities?
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Question 14 of 20
Tell me in what capacity your education has prepared you for a career as a Stage Manager.
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Question 15 of 20
Which responsibility on the job posting do you consider the most challenging, and why?
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Question 16 of 20
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
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Question 17 of 20
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
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Question 18 of 20
What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?
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Question 19 of 20
Why did you or do you wish to pursue a career as Stage Manager?
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Question 20 of 20
Why should we hire you?
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Question 1 of 20
What stage management duties do you consider the most challenging on our job posting?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
The idea of getting a whole group of people into harmony is intimidating but not impossible. However, it is this very challenge that keeps me trying to be efficient, trying to strive for the better.
2.
Getting different agencies to agree to rehearsal schedules.
3.
Site specific show in the sun and rain and a large company and animals to deal with.
4.
How would you define a Stage Manager?
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My most challenging task as a stage manager is not been able to finish a given project.
6.
Disciplining a member of the team.
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There have been a number such as managing three small plays including a musical piece . To tech rehearsals going downhill to directors deciding to change things at the last moment and cast members suddenly going missing.
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Getting to find a fit person for a specific character.
9.
Getting to find a fit person for a specific character.
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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 Answers
1.
Les miserables, large cast, many costumes, many props, full orchestra.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
Metamorphoses. I love plays that have such amazing features like a pool that get both actors and techies excited.
5.
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.
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Bronte, there were a lot of props and costume changes, but everything ran smoothly and because we were on top of everything nothing got lost or damaged.
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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.
Question 3 of 20
Give me an example of your ability to handle stressful situations.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
When dealing with pressure and stress, I take a moment to prioritize what I have going on. Pressure to perform well is a good kind of pressure as long as I do not allow it to become negative stress. I prioritize what is truly most important and focus on getting that done and done well.
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.
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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.
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I take the time to prioritize and see what needs to be done, then I take each issue one at a time.
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Remain calm and analytical.
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I am a very calm person. Very little stresses me out. I take things in there stride, priorities the problems and tackle the problem the best way I can.
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Take a deep breath. Think of more than one way to fix it and then start from there. I know once I'm over prepared for it I won't be stressed about it anymore.
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Remain calm, prioritise what needs to be done, and delegate the tasks evenly and realistically so it gets done. I always look at the bigger picture and try to stay positive.
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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.
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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.
Question 4 of 20
What excites you the most about this position?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Well I love interacting with people..
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Working with the wide variety of different people from the actors and production team to members of the public. Also seeing the show from the very first rehearsal / meeting through to the final performance is an exciting feeling.
3.
I like seeing a show come from it;s bare bones to this magic piece of work. As well as working with many creative people to hearing the audience enjoyed the show and knowing that all our hard work paid off.
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Being able to be so close to technicians and actors. You get to see and be apart of the show as it comes together from both ends. I love watching progress and knowing that I'm apart of making something happen.
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Knowing that all my efforts will make the production a success.
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Working with people and taking pride in what you do.
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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.
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Getting to combine my love for the theatre with my love for leadership and creating something meaningful that runs with efficiency and organization.
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It helps me to meet new person and to interact with new persons.
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The sense of accomplishment once a show is finished and the audience are enjoying it. You also get to see how everything grows, from the actors the designs to the costumes.
Question 5 of 20
Tell me about your stage management experience.
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1.
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.
2.
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.
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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.
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When the director and actors tell me my work supported the outcome.
5.
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.
Question 6 of 20
Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
2.
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.
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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.
Question 7 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
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.
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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.
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With attention to detail, and carefull with spending.
Question 8 of 20
How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
User-Submitted Answers
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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 Answers
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Using a check list to see what still needs to be done and allocating work as appropriate.
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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 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 use my prompt book that is sectioned off by script. Cast. Crew. Lighting. Sound scenery. Props. Costumes and other.
3.
I keep a register of chores and a daily log book.
Question 11 of 20
Tell me about your team management skills by providing an example.
User-Submitted Answers
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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 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.
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I tell them what I expect and give them the opportunity to shine.
Question 12 of 20
How do you approach a script when reading it for the first time?
User-Submitted Answers
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Look at cast list, scene changes and specific staging instructions, then read through to get a feel for the play.
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I like to go through and mark any props, scene changes, sound notes and even make a character key for blocking.
3.
I usually read it in sections and absorb the action .
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 Answers
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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 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 Answers
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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.
Assisting the director. Maintaining a prompt book. Managing the rehearsal--making sure on track Communicating with actors and technicians.
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Making sure everybody is on time for the call, all props are in place, everything behind the curtain functions.
Question 16 of 20
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes, I am calm under pressure.
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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.
Question 17 of 20
What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
2.
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.
Question 18 of 20
What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Stage Manager?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have excellent organisational abilities and can work under pressure and time constraints which is vital when deadlines have to be met.
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My ability to be organised and focuses on the challenges ahead. To help ease and negotiate with creative differences.
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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 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 Answers
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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.
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.
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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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Because I will be a great asset to your future sucess.

About Stage Manager

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.

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