You’ve been studying Stage Management at WAAPA , how have you enjoyed the course?

I’ve loved the course, yeah, I’ve learnt so much. I had an incredible time and it’s created a lot of opportunities for me and I’ve definitely gotten out of it what I came for, which is fantastic.

What do you want to do for work when you graduate?

When I graduate I’m just going to work and gain some experience in WA. Eventually I want to be based in Melbourne, but work internationally.

When did you decide you wanted to be a Stage Manager?

I was studying at college, I think it was 2010, and I’d just joined the team that was doing the production.We were doing a musical called Dusty and I joined the production team, they needed a stage manager and I stupidly put my hand up not knowing what I was getting myself into. I sort of discovered theatre and my addiction to theatre from there.

What would a typical day on the job involve?

So during rehearsals, you’re creating all your show documentation your extracted lists, rehearsal schedules and running the rehearsal to the schedule, controlling the room.
Then during production week you’re getting the show up and running, so you’re coordinating both the technical aspects and the artistic aspects of the show, and then during the show you’re maintaining the director’s vision, especially when they’re not there, but especially coordinating the show on the night.
So, anything that happens technically on stage, the lighting changes, the sound, the scenery coming in, that’s all coordinated and called by the stage manager.

What do you love most about the job?

I love that you get to create a show every night ... and I love hearing an audience react whether they’re crying or laughing, just knowing that you’ve contributed to that enjoyment of the show.

What’s the most challenging part?

You have to be super organised and always on top of everything. [You have to] know as much you can and be a really good communicator, and that’s something that you always have to work on.

What has been a career highlight for you so far?

Well, in terms of secondment, I’ve just come back from Boston, where I got to work as a stage management assistant to the production stage manager team (working on Finding Neverland), and the show’s now going to Broadway ... that was definitely a highlight.

Do you have any advice for S-press readers dreaming of a career in stage management?

Know what you’re getting into (laughs). But just be prepared, there’s always times where you’re put on the spot or you feel a little bit in the deep end and don’t know what you’re doing. Just persevere and try and enjoy what you’re doing, and know there’s always room to improve. Just keep growing and keep learning and working out what works. It’s different for everybody.

Do you know what a starting salary for this role might be?

Not off the top of my head, it depends what role you’re in really, and it depends what company you’re working with. For example, I’ve got work next year and it’s $1000 a week, as an assistant stage manager position, but it’s dependent on a range of things – on your company, your show, how big your show is, how big the theatre is that you’re going into and more.