16th June 2021
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The Stage Manager Tag: Sophie Mackay

Sophie Mackay
By Sophie Mackay

We are asking stage managers around the world, in a stage manager tag, some key questions about their job. Starting off with Sophie Mackay from Australia.

1. Are you a minimalist or a hoarder Stage Manager?

Definitely a minimalist Stage Manager and working on incorporating it into everyday life.

2. What do you always have with you on stage?

A torch with loads of safety pins attached.

3. What’s in your kit?

Torch (with safety pins), sailing gloves (great for protecting your hands but are fingerless so you can still tie knots and use your fingers etc.), pencil case, a belt, tape measure, scale ruler, water bottle, mini speaker, iphone/airbuds, ipad, computer, lanyard and a notebook.

4. Mac or PC?

Mac all the way

5. What’s in your pencil case?

1 mechanical pencil, 1 highlighter, 1 15cm metal ruler, 1 red pen, 1 blue/clack pen, 1 eraser, pencil leads and 1 black marker. I use a very small pencil case so I won’t let it get out of control and it clear it out several times a year. The contents of my pencil case hasn’t changed in over ten years.

6. Favourite colour highlighter

Orange – it shows up brilliantly under blue light and in the dark.

7. Favourite pencil

2B – easy to rub out and dark enough to see

8. What may be surprising that you don’t use

A watch – I have been using my phone. The times are changing and it is necessary to have a phone on you at all times in some venues/production companies.

9. Coffee or Tea

Coffee, coffee, coffee

10. Favourite Genre to work in


11. Advice for new Stage Managers

Prioritise your health. Keep your body moving. Make time for yourself. Practise kindness.

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