chapter  6
16 Pages

Culture

WithLisa Porter, Narda E. Alcorn

Stage managers constantly navigate and translate the demands inherent to collaboration across multiple cultures. Often responsible for designing and shepherding a unique cultural environment for each project, stage managers frequently attend to the needs of each collaborator while ensuring that the overall culture is considered. Interior culture is the mindset that informs the strategies and decision-making process the stage manager uses. Different environments demand unique approaches, which are often a series of active choices that are informed by culture. The other cultural factor to consider is the most obvious, the geographic background of the collaborators, and where in the world the work is occurring. The stage manager’s ability to translate between collaborators and across cultures serves the higher good of the process and ensures that the aesthetic demands are being reasonably met. The savvy stage manager layers in culture throughout every project, integrating and expanding their skill set and approach.