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Reference and How To Books:

Stage Management by Lawrence Stern.
The quintessential stage management book, everyone either loves it or hates it, but it's one you have to have.

The Backstage Guide to Stage Management
The alternative to Lawrence Stern, a very comprehensive guide to Stage Management.

Backstage Forms
Want to have every form youíve ever thought might possibly be useful? This probably covers it. And donít forget to check out our online forms page - get forms now in PDF format or emailed right to your door for free!

Stage Management Forms and Formats
Barbara Dilker
Haven't seen this one personally - anyone out there used it?

The Stage Management Handbook
Daniel A., Ionazzi
from Barnes & Noble - "The author offers a 'description of stage management responsibilities that can be applied to professional, community, and academic theaters. Organized in a chronology of production duties, the book is divided into four parts,'Pre-Production,' 'Rehearsal,' 'Performance,' and 'Human Behavior in Organizations.' These parts are further broken down into sections discussing research, planning and organization, auditions, rehearsals, {and} organizational structures"
 

Stage Managing for the Beginner:

Stage Management a Gentle Art
Daniel Bond
From The Publisher:
This popular book describes in detail a stage manager's job. It provides students, those just starting out in the profession and amateurs with a solid grounding in theatre stage management practices and procedures. The disciplines of lighting, set design and sound are discussed but the book's main concern is with the management of these elements and with the processes and scheduling that go together to provide the effective results. The author demonstrates that the methods used are as important as the final result. Chronologically following the production of a play, the book starts with pre-production planning and progresses to the first night.

Stage Managing and Theatre Etiquette : A Basic Guide
Linda Apperson
From the table of contents this appears to be a good basic guide for someone just looking to understand the ground work of being a stage manager.
From the Publisher: For anyone who hopes to work on the production side of the theatre, Linda Apperson's basic guide to Stage Managing & Theatre Etiquette is a treasure trove of practical information and sound advice. Ms. Apperson has refined her experience of more than twenty years as a stage manager to create this introduction to one of the theatre's most complex jobs. What is "blocking"? How do you "call" a show? Who is the technical director, and why do you want him or her as your best friend? How can you tame (or endure) a prima donna? When is the best time to offer advice to the actors? Ms. Apperson answers these and countless other questions in a resource book that will become a constant companion for the aspiring theatre worker.
 
 

Other Technical Guides:

The Backstage Handbook
The book no self respecting theatre technician would be without.
 

Artist's Complete Health & Safety Guide
This book discusses in detail all the scary stuff we use. Letís face we all use a lot of dangerous chemicals and tools. Itís only fun till your face melts off or you cut off an appendage.  Got an actor questioning safety issues - look it up!

Care and Repair of Everyday Treasures: A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning and Restoring your Antiques and Collectibles.
My mom bought me this one and it is a great "how to" book. Perfect for props people of all levels. It has very practical techniques that fit just about any budget. This is also a great book for SMs to have on hand in case things break!

New Theatre Words - theatre terms translated into 8 languages with pictoral references.
If youíre going on tour overseas this is a must have. That it just sounds darn interesting!

The Stage Rigging Handbook, 2nd edition
Letís be honest - this is never a bad thing to know!

Designing & Drawing for the Theatre
For those of us who foolishly sold ours back at the end of the semester!
 
 
 
 

Life in the Theatre
The New Tax Guide for Performers, Writers, Directors, Designers and Other Show Biz Folk
R. Brendan Hanlon
The most important stuff they don't tell you about in college!!  If you work in this business you need this book - everything (including the book) is deductable!
From The Publisher:
This thoroughly updated edition gives the latest IRS rulings on IRA withdrawals and Roth IRA''s. New information on Child Tax Credit, Hope Scholarship Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit is presented in layman''s terminology. An essential guide for anyone involved in the arts seeking to increase their understanding of tax returns while maximizing their deductions.
 

Dramatic Imagination
Okay, so they made me read this one in college, and I actually liked it. Personally I think that everyone who works in theatre should read it. It is well written and very insightful and written by one of the legends of the theatre world.

Skeptical Scenographer: Essays on Theatrical Design & Human Nature
A compilation of twenty-nine articles, originally published in Lighting Dimensions and Theatre Design & Technology (TD&T), the essays in this new book range from silly (Murder, He Wrote), to sublime (Regarding Chaos and the Theatre). In between, Mr. Salzer's pen probes the paradox of how most New York designers spend all their time working out of town (Damn New York Designers), he wrestles with philosophical issues (Power, Greed, Self and Humiliation), and he even takes a political potshot or two (Art, Nude Children and Pornography). - Broadway Press

A Company of Stars,We Open on Venus, and A Slight Detour
These are great books about the theatre set in the future. The author actually knows theatre: how it works and who works in it. And if youíve ever worked at Summerfun Theatre, in New Jersey - youíre going to laugh when he mentions it, and itís "ingenious chap" of a producer.

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