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Precious Resource: An Analysis on the Workload of Stage Managers

Ho, Dennis

Contradictory to labor acts that formed unions within the United States, the workers still permeate an unhealthy culture of exhaustion and burnouts for the sake of professional dignity and pride; especially in the world of performing arts where a majority of stage managers uphold themselves to a high pedestal of overwork with lacking support. In this analysis, I argue that the career of stage management has laid out circumstances where one feels like they must remain complacent in the ongoing sacrifices they make to fulfill the “show must go on” motto. This paper analyses the possible origins of this overwork culture that America created and flourished under capitalism which later adapted to meet the demands of current theatrical productions. Under these demands are faced by stage managers whom are asked to give a lot with little backing.

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Academic Units
Theatre
Thesis Advisors
Passaro, Michael J.
Degree
M.F.A., Columbia University
Published Here
June 5, 2020