Stage Manager's Kit
A stage manager brings many items to rehearsals and performances - items to enhance safety, comfort, and productivity.
Do you need to have all of these things? Definitely not! This list is a comprehensive master list based on my kit, other people’s kits, and odd items I’ve found myself needing while stage managing! And note, a LOT of this items can be found at local dollar stores!
Health & Safety
Over the Counter Medication
NOTE: It is important to check with your venue regarding their OTC medication policies - some venues do not allow SMs to give out OTC medications! Whenever you give someone an OTC medication, make SURE to remind them to read the instructions.
Why do we have personal care supplies? Simply put: people forget them/lose them/didn’t think to bring them!
If YOU have these items, you’re able to instantly solve problems as they arise!
Travel Shampoo & Conditioner (I tend to grab extras when I stay in a hotel!)
Hand & Nail Care
Bar Soap (also - I tend to grab extras when I stay in a hotel!)
PRO TIP: Only give out supplies that you wouldn’t mind losing!
Supplies for Everyone
Production Book Supplies
Binder (large, to hold for production book!)
Page Flags (PRO TIP: Also get pre-numbered page flags to easily mark scenes)
Supplies for Labeling / Marking
Dry Erase Markers (remember - you can write on sheet protectors & laminated paper w/ these!
Tools & Tech
Flashlight (some come with multiple colors!)
Hex Key (AKA Allen wrench)
Safety Pins (for costume emergencies!)
Mini Sewing Kit (for costume emergencies!)
Stain Remover Wipes (Shout Wipes are my favorite!!)
PRO TIP: You can spray vodka mixed w/ water on costumes to remove odors!
PRO TIP - LABEL EVERYTHING with your name!
Computer / Tablet (as needed)
Portable Speakers (as needed)
Digital / Video Camera (as needed)
Febreze (I’ve found this to be VERY useful!)