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    12 Things All Stage Managers Understand

    As a stage manager on any level from high school to professional, you can all relate.

    1. You get overly excited.

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    Especially when you have to go to Staples or Office Max for any type of supplies.

    2. A new package of highlighters is the best thing ever and no one understands this but you.

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    3. You are possessive of any writing utensil and hate lending them to others.

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    You know there is a high chance you won't get it back.

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    4. You're used to people yelling your name all the time during rehearsal.

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    You start to hear your name being yelled in your sleep and it haunts you at night.

    5. You are tired of telling the cast to be quiet backstage.

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    6. When you get a new script and it's so neat and clean...

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    ... but you know after the first blocking rehearsal it will get marked up quickly.

    7. When people are in your way backstage...

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    ...you wish you could do this.

    8. People think you know everything.

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    Includes knowing where anything and everything is at all times (and you secretly do.)

    9. You always seem to be the one lugging the most things to rehearsals.

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    10. You can't believe it when a director texts you back in a timely manner.

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    And they to your important question? You are instantly happy!

    11. Don't touch the props!

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    Don't eat the props!

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    12. There can never be enough room backstage.

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    Ever.

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