Stage Manager Interview Questions

Stage Manager Interview Questions

May 16th, 2019

Stage Managers work with directors to ensure that stage productions are successful by assisting with rehearsals and overseeing the backstage activities during a performance.

When interviewing Stage Managers the ideal candidate should be highly organized and have a good understanding of the performing arts industry. Be wary of candidates who cannot handle high-pressure situations or work flexible hours.

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Interview Questions for Stage Managers:

1. Describe how you would ensure that production is on schedule. What steps would you take?

Candidates should describe how they would ensure that daily or weekly objectives are met. Look for a methodical approach to time management.

2. An actor is being unprofessional. How do you manage the situation?

Candidates should describe how they would settle disputes by listening and communicating, but also describe how they would enforce discipline on set.

3. What is the most difficult production problem you had to solve?

Candidates could list from a number of problems, including falling behind schedule or going over budget. Look for stories where candidates identified a problem, found a creative solution to it and learned a valuable lesson about production from it.

4. Describe a time where you had to fire someone because they weren't the correct fit. How did you manage the process?

Stage Managers will often realize that the person they've hired to fulfill a specific need is not attuned to their creative vision. If a candidate did not dismiss him/her or failed to find a suitable replacement, then they are not suited to the job.

5. Describe your experience in the performing arts industry. Which projects have you worked on before and what was your role?

Shows the candidate's experience in the industry.

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