Title

Collaboration in Stage Management

Poster Number

16A

Lead Author Major

Media X

Lead Author Status

Junior

Second Author Major

Violin performance

Second Author Status

Junior

Format

Poster Presentation (Research Day, April 30)

Faculty Mentor Name

James Haffner

Faculty Mentor Department

Conservatory

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Lisa Tromovitch

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

Media X

Abstract/Artist Statement

This study examines the efficacy of students with different skill sets working as co-leaders in their first opera theatre production, as well as how this dynamic explores the craft of stage management and the potential for distributive leadership in the industry. As first-time stage managers, both students had to learn what the position entailed and how to execute its duties. Furthermore, one specializes in music while the other specializes in theatre. Therefore, working on an opera production required both to collaborate and learn new skills from each other to create a productive, balanced environment.

This research explores the strategies each individual adopted to effectively stage manage an opera. Through a comparative analysis of each student’s stage manager book, this presentation will detail the different methods each employed while maintaining an equivalent depiction of the production. As co-leaders, the balance between collaboration and communication were key to understanding the stage manager position both for themselves as well as for the cast and crew. By utilizing their prior knowledge and distinct expertise, they established a co-leadership system that played to both of their strengths and developed new skills in previously unexplored domains. This presentation will analyze the strengths of co-leadership and the applications of two individuals with different specialties collaborating in a new environment.

Location

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Collaboration in Stage Management

Information Commons, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

This study examines the efficacy of students with different skill sets working as co-leaders in their first opera theatre production, as well as how this dynamic explores the craft of stage management and the potential for distributive leadership in the industry. As first-time stage managers, both students had to learn what the position entailed and how to execute its duties. Furthermore, one specializes in music while the other specializes in theatre. Therefore, working on an opera production required both to collaborate and learn new skills from each other to create a productive, balanced environment.

This research explores the strategies each individual adopted to effectively stage manage an opera. Through a comparative analysis of each student’s stage manager book, this presentation will detail the different methods each employed while maintaining an equivalent depiction of the production. As co-leaders, the balance between collaboration and communication were key to understanding the stage manager position both for themselves as well as for the cast and crew. By utilizing their prior knowledge and distinct expertise, they established a co-leadership system that played to both of their strengths and developed new skills in previously unexplored domains. This presentation will analyze the strengths of co-leadership and the applications of two individuals with different specialties collaborating in a new environment.