Module code: PRO1007

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module


This module is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of stage management within the UK theatre and wider live entertainment industry. Students will consider all foundational aspects of stage management practice whilst being encouraged to consider the pivotal role of stage management as creative facilitators within the production process.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W450

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Roles and functions within stage management.

  • The production process from pre-production to post-production.

  • Facilitating the cast and creative team.

  • Script analysis.

  • Rehearsal management.

  • Performance management.

  • Introduction to Health and Safety and risk assessments.

  • The propping process and prop management.

  • Simple prop-making including paper props.

  • Introduction to score reading.

  • Emergency First Aid.

  • Fire awareness training.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment GROUP PRESENTATION 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • Introduce students to all practical and organisational aspects of stage management
  • Enable students to place stage management within the wider context of live performance
  • Encourage students to develop transferable soft skills appropriate to the production process

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
1 Identify key principles and concepts informing the discipline of stage management KC
2 Employ basic techniques, practices & processes of stage management KP
3 Demonstrate effective communication, teamwork & organisational skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 105

Lecture Hours: 18

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide a variety of learning and teaching methods which fit with the overall aims of the programme and are appropriate to the study of professional stage management. 

There is a balance of individual and group work and of Tutor lead and student lead sessions.

The strategy should encourage individual learning, questioning, analysis and reflection as well as enabling students to develop skills in research, communication, planning and negotiation. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Taught practical sessions either in studio or class environment

  • Attendance at workshops, seminars, master-classes

  • Site visits/industry field trips

  • Timed practical exercises

  • Written examination

  • Group presentation/tutorials

  • Individual tutorial/viva voce

This module attempts to facilitate key areas of the Programme learning and teaching strategy specifically those defining demonstration and review within workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory/studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, seminars, tutorials and tutor and learner-directed practical projects evidencing core, elementary theory and practice.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for STAGE MANAGEMENT :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.