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A day in the life: Hetti Curtis, assistant stage manager

Hetti Curtis
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Hetti Curtis is a theatrical stage manager currently working as an assistant stage manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

9am Arrive at the theatre to liaise with the stage manager and deputy on the plan for the day. Check emails and chase anything that came out of notes from the previous day.

9.30am Head down to stage to check in with the stage team and props department to make sure we are set up for the morning session.

9.50am Cast begins to arrive. I tick them in and make sure everyone is accounted for.

10am Tech begins. Throughout the day I keep track of entrances and exits, setting props and furniture. I inform the cast of any changes and assist in scene changes as necessary, taking note of props requests and spiking furniture so we know where to set it in future performances. I need to make sure the stage team is happy and informed of all changes, update the stage manager about problems that might get in the way of a smooth running session, make sure the cast is ready and standing by for entrances with the correct props – and keep performers quiet in the wings. During breaks I update setting lists, running lists and keep on top of any notes from the day’s session. Then I make sure everything is ready for the following day.

10.30pm Head home.

CV: Hetti Curtis

Job title: Assistant stage manager
Age: 28
Training: Theatre studies, University of the West of England; stage management and technical theatre, RADA
Experience: Punchdrunk – The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (2013); Glyndebourne (2014); Royal Shakespeare Company (2016)

Hetti Curtis was talking to John Byrne

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