8th May 2021
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The Stage Manager Tag: Matthew Aaron Stern

matthew stern
By Guest Contributor

We are asking stage managers around the world, in a stage manager tag, some key questions about their job. Here is Matthew Aaron Stern based in New York City, USA.

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

I consider myself an organized pack rat.

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

Shoulder Harness (so my beltpack isn’t knocking my hips out of whack!)

3. What’s in your kit?

Snacks! (but seriously, phone charger cable!)

4. Mac or PC?


5. What’s in your pencil case?


6. Favourite colour highlighter

Yellow (classic).

7. Favourite pencil

Papermate Sharpwriter.

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


9. Coffee or Tea?


10. Favourite Genre to work in


11. Advice for new Stage Managers

Listen actively and with all your senses. Build your emotional intellgence skills. Paperwork is a communication tool, not an end in itself. Stage management isn’t about power, it’s about responsibility.

Matthew’s Twitter

Matthew’s Facebook

Other SM Tags:

The Stage Manager Tag: Kwena Mahlachane

The Stage Manager Tag: Andrew Jacobi Jeter

Want to be part of the SM Tag? Fill the form HERE.

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