The environment in which a production process occurs greatly influences how it unfolds and how the collaborative team interacts. Environments can include different types of performance, such as dance, opera, concerts, events, and circuses, all of which are also referred to as genres. Genres can be specific or interdisciplinary, combining more than one category of performance into a cohesive whole. Union status is an important consideration that structurally impacts many elements of a production environment. The authority structures of the environment will impact the process of the stage management team. Formal authority is the established roles and responsibilities of the individuals, based on the existing organizational structure. The stage management team’s assessment of the environment will impact how they address safety concerns. The effects of environment are far-reaching, and stage managers can better prepare for collaborative process when they consider the possibilities with thought and care.