Stage Managers plan, organise, supervise and coordinate the activities of workers responsible for placing sets and properties, and operating lighting and sound equipment as part of film, television or stage productions.

    You can work as a Stage Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in stage management, theatre, drama, technical production or performance might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Supervises the positioning of scenery, props and the lighting and sound equipment.

    All Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors

    • $1,539 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Stage Managers

    • 350 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 57% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Stage Managers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 290 in 2011 to 350 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Stage Managers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 57% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services55.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications24.9
    Administrative and Support Services7.0
    Education and Training5.8
    Other Industries6.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateStage ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.431.6
    VIC31.725.6
    QLD11.820.0
    SA4.37.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS0.92.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT2.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketStage ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.2-5.05.0
    20-2416.7-9.39.3
    25-3434.5-22.922.9
    35-4422.8-22.022.0
    45-5412.6-21.621.6
    55-595.0-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationStage ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree44.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.5-21.121.1
    Year 1218.5-18.118.1
    Year 112.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Stage Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in stage management, theatre, drama, technical production or performance might be helpful.

    Membership with the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance may be useful.

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and who are organised and efficient.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Communications and media

      85% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    2. Telecommunications

      68% Skill level

      Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    3. Computers and electronics

      68% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. English language

      66% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Fine arts

      62% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2012.02 - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      100% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Teamwork

      96% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Frequent decision making

      95% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-2012.02 - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio.

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