All the aspects of production—from casting to the final production– must be taken care of by the Stage Director.
- The Stage Director decides what kinds of entertainment will the crew bring the audience as well as who will be part of the production.
- The Stage Director holds auditions and schedules practices.
- The Stage Director is the final decision- maker on elements defining the show such as the props, the lighting, sets and all the other elements.
Most Stage Directors have a bachelor’s degree in theater or even a Master’s degree in directing. Experience in acting or in being part of the technical crew of the show is also an advantage to prove familiarity with all the aspects of the theater. A Stage Director must be able to collaborate well with the artists. A Stage Director must be able to work well within a given budget.
The Stage Director studies the script for guidance on how it should be directed and performed and he shares his vision with the artists, the set designer and the choreographer. Next, the Stage Director takes part even in the auditions for actors who may be suitable to play specific roles. The performance of the actors is scrutinized by the Stage Director and so he discusses with the actors their approach, movement and characterization that each scene demands. The Stage Director establishes the pace of the scene sequences according to the time requirements. Details and coordination of camera movements, lighting, sounds and actor movements are all the responsibilities of a Stage Director. The scheduling of rehearsals, the fittings of costumes and the development of lights and sounds is handled by the Stage Director. Collaboration with technical directors, crew members, managers as well as writers is also done by the Stage Director so he can discuss details in matters such as the script, costumes, sets and music.