Stage Management: Interpersonal Communication Skills for the Stage Manager

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Date of Award

Spring 2012


Communication skills are an essential element for a successful career in stage management. A stage manager will be more effective in all aspects of her job by developing those skills which include listening, nonverbal, intercultural, group, conflict management, technological and organizational skills. While the term interpersonal communication is general, one must analyze the multifaceted aspects of the term in order to be effective. It is necessary for stage managers to be active listeners and knowledgeable about and sensitive to nonverbal communication. Also, stage managers need to have an understanding of the differences within intercultural communication. Since theatre is also a business, stage managers are required to apply different small group communication techniques. Conflict resolution is something a stage manager deals with every day. Stage managers also need to have knowledge of the different channels of communication technology available to them, such as emails, cell phones and the Internet. Learning communication skills within an organization will benefit the stage manager's career within a theatre company. Research shows that incorporating these communication objectives into a stage manager's daily work life will lead to a more successful stage management career.


Michael Knight

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Theatre and Performance Studies