Stage Management Essentials for Theatre and Live Production


In this 3 day comprehensive workshop, students will get a very real taste of Stage Management!  Students will be provided the means to develop their skills in all areas of Stage Management.  This course will include theory and practice, and will be hands-on and inclusive.  There will also be scope to explore specific examples brought to the sessions by participants.  Students will have the opportunity to draw upon Deborah Hatton’s extensive experience in Stage Management. 

Course content

  • Production Terminology
  • Stage Positions
  • Props / Spiking
  • Headsets
  • Cueing
  • Calls
  • Performance-styles and stage variations
  • Company structures / related-roles
  • On prompt & creating a prompt copy
  • Backstage management
  • Show reports and incident reporting
  • Putting it all together and holding it together
  • Safety and inductions
  • Scheduling / Time-keeping

Ideal for

  • Volunteers and teachers in Theatre and Live Performance.
  • Floor managers in broadcasting.
  • Media students wanting to diversify their skill-set
  • Early-career Live Production technicians.
  • Drama students testing career options.
  • Professional technicians in multi-discipline positions and cross-discipline venues.
  • Live Production students without Stage Management electives.
  • Producers + Band Managers who engage Stage Management contractors.

More information


This course aims to prepare the participants for any real industry experience in Stage Management.  It offers bridging skills and knowledge in Stage Management for participants with some related production skills.  It provides a real testing-ground for young people interested, and yet unsure, about the right career for them, in Live Production.  It will also offer insight to Stage Management for professionals who work alongside this role.


Previous knowledge / experience in theatre or live performance will be an advantage, but not essential.

Materials supplied

  • Course materials and case-studies
  • Industry-standard head-sets and other production equipment
  • Access to multi-purpose production studio.
  • Marking tape.

Materials to bring

  • Recommended: Note-taking device / paper-and-pen.
  • Small torch.
  • Means of time-keeping.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes



Deborah Hatton

Deb Hatton is an industry professional, starting out in the 1990’s and is still sought out professionally, on live productions, as a Lighting Designer / operator, Stage Manager and Production Manager / Co-ordinator. Deb is formally qualified, and has been teaching casually across the VE and private sectors over the past 18 years.
Career highlights include; Lighting Design for the ARIA nominated live DVD of The Go-Betweens’ “That Striped Sunset Sound” and the recent Lighting Design and Installation of MEMO Music hall’s in-house lighting system.
Deb was the Deputy Stage Manager at the Dark MOFO festival in Hobart in June 2018, and was the touring Lighting Director / Stage Manager and Production Co-ordinator for “Tapestry – The Songs of Carole King” – Australia-wide, in recent years.
Deb’s career spans through Live Theatre; Live Music Venues; Festivals; Exhibitions; Corporate AV; and Touring production.
She continues to be inspired by, and inspires others, while advocating for the live performance sector.


  • Grant Cox

    (I) very much enjoyed Debs stage management class; she made it a good experience and the intro running events was really good also

Printable course flyer

Available course dates

Thursday 02 May 2019

  • Code S345356
  • Start date 02.05.19
  • End date 04.05.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus City
  • Fee $660.00
Enrol now
Session  Start  End Hours
Thu 02.05.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Fri 03.05.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00
Sat 04.05.19 09:30am 04:30pm 6.00

Learn more