Stage managers are responsible for ensuring that theatre productions run according to plan. They ensure that performers are prepared and waiting in the wings on time for their scheduled appearances, and that set changes, sound and lighting run according to plan.
The position of stage manager is an extremely responsible one, with actors and technicians reporting to this person. Stage managers are assisted by assistant stage managers, props masters / mistresses, stagehands, wardrobe masters / mistresses and dressers. They work closely with directors, producers, sound and lighting technicians and technical managers.