Stage Director

A stage director plays an essential role in getting a production ready for live performances. In fact most of a stage director’s work is done prior to the opening of a show. Their job normally begins with becoming familiar with the production’s script and the overall goal of the production. Their next step is usually overseeing auditions and assisting with cast selection. Once the cast has been chosen it is the stage director’s job to work directly with the actors so that they completely understand their characters and what is expected of them in terms of their performances. This many include overseeing rehearsals and directing actors to speak in various tones or manners or altering the location that actors must appear on stage in specific scenes. The stage director must also work with those responsible for stage lighting costumes and set designs so that the production meets its fullest potential and expectations. The website states that a stage director is responsible for all facets of a production ranging from rehearsals to all technical issues related to the production. According to the website it is essential that stage directors have a through and compete understanding of all aspects of theatre. While there is no specific educational requirement for this career most stage directors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the field of theatrical arts performance arts acting or directing. Many stage directors actually start their careers as actors and advance into the role of stage director after achieving many years of theatrical experience. The bureau of labor statistics lists the median salary for a stage director at $64430 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $57857.5
High Salary: $64430
Low Salary: $51285
Tasks: Schedules rehearsals.
Collaborates with technical directors.
Brings together all aspects of a production.
Helps to cast actors.
Also Called: Stage Choreographer
Theater Director
Production Director
Rehearsal Director
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