International Stage Management Day - October 10
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Every year on October 10th, International Stage Management Day celebrates and recognizes all the work that stage managers do behind the scenes. It’s also a day to learn more about what stage managers do.

Do you remember the last time you went to a live performance? Chances are, while you were watching, you didn’t think much about what was happening behind the scenes. This is because there is so much action happening right before your very eyes. However, there is a lot of action going on behind the stage, too.

The people that do these behind-the-scenes jobs are called stagehands and stage managers. The show simply could not go on without their hard work. Managing furniture and props, arranging costumes, and ensuring the actors are accounted for are all jobs that stage managers do. Another important job of a stage manager is to create and set up rehearsal schedules. The more actors there are, the harder this is to do.

To do their job well, stage managers must possess the following skills:

  • Have excellent communication
  • Work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Be a motivator
  • Possess flexibility
  • Be able to organize the work of others

Stage managers must also have knowledge of audio, lights, and other technology necessary for a performance. Because stage managers oversee each performance, they often know all of the actors’ lines. With all that they do, it’s no wonder stage managers are the director’s right-hand man.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalStageManagementDay

Every year on this day, stage managers share their work and ideas with each other and the public. They try to educate others on what happens behind the scenes during a performance. Stage managers are also encouraged to share pictures and videos of their work across various social media platforms.

To participate:

  • Learn more about what stage managers do.
  • Ask a stage manager if you can hang out with them during rehearsals.
  • Read about Peter Lawrence, the only stage manager to win a Tony Award.
  • Volunteer as a stagehand for your next community production.
  • Watch a movie about life in the theater, such as The Producers, High School Musical, and Camp.

Don’t forget to share this day on social media with #InternationalStageManagementDay


The Stage Management Association (SMA) established the first Stage Management Day on October 10, 2013. According to Andy Rowley, executive director of the SMA, countries around the world observed the day. These countries included New Zealand, Australia, U.K., U.S.A., and throughout Europe. Because of its popularity across the globe, the day was changed to International Stage Management Day.


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