Talking Tech: Stage Managing BBAJ


Elizabeth Allen, Stage Manager for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the first dress rehearsal

Being the stage manager for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has been an amazing opportunity for me.  As a stage manager, you have to be able to juggle a lot of different responsibilities inside and outside of rehearsal. I am in charge of making sure that everything that happens in the rehearsal room is communicated to our production team, and vice versa.  I also manage the safety of all our actors and crew members.


Elizabeth manages the safety of the actors

My job during the show is to call the light, sound, fly, and projection effects that take place, making sure that the show runs as smoothly as possible.  If I’m doing my job right, the audience shouldn’t notice that these transitions are happening at all! That’s part of the beauty of stage management, we are the invisible cog in the machine. The creative and artistic team I have been able to work with have been absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process, and their talent has made my job much easier!

The best moment of any show is the day that all of our team comes together and the show runs as one big production, and I can’t wait to show all of my friends and family the amazing work that these actors and designers have created!

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Elizabeth Allen is a sophomore majoring in theatre and drama. For IU Theatre, she has worked on Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Into the Woods, Romeo and Juliet, Encounters and Collisions (Assistant Stage Manager), and Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (Gun Master). For University Players: Marat/Sade (Scenic Designer), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager), and she stage managed Intentions, an IU independent production. She is the Assistant Technical Director for University Players. Elizabeth is from Fishers, Indiana.

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