Basic Job Description: The Assistant Stage Manager does assist the Production Stage Manager with all of their responsibilities. This can include attending production meetings, running rehearsals, clerical organization, and insuring the smooth execution of the performances.
The ASM is part of the management team of the production. His or her behavior should reflect this. The ASM should set an example in punctuality and professionalism. It is important that the ASM is flexible and will take initiative. Because each production is different, an ASM’s specific responsibilities will change.
This is a very time consuming job.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Before the rehearsal period begins the ASM should help the Stage Manager tape out the floorplan, distribute scripts, pull rehearsal props and furniture, and help with any needed clerical help.
Before each rehearsal, the ASM should help the SM insure the stage or rehearsal space is ready. This could include sweeping, setting up furniture, set pieces, and props. Robinson Theatre ASMs should know how to run the fly lines. The SM may ask the ASM to contact late company members.
During rehearsals the many jobs the Stage Management team needs to do will be distributed. The ASM may be asked to notate blocking. If so, the ASM should learn one of the standard methods.After blocking, the ASM may be required to be “on book”. This is following the script after the actors are expected to know their lines. A procedure for prompting should be arranged with the actors and director.
Because the SM calls the show from the booth, quite often the ASM is expected to run the “deck” during tech rehearsals and performances. It is important the ASM has a complete understanding of the placement and movement of scenic pieces and props. It could be the ASM’s responsibilty to train the running crew.
After rehearsals and/or performances, the ASM should help the SM insure every thing is put away and the facility is locked up.