The Professional Opinion

During my dissertation as said within my introduction I will be looking at the Academic and Professional opinion to gain a firm argument within the Dissertation I have used the online survey of SurveyMonkey and developed my dissertation by these responses. I have also made an attempt at analysing the responses during the chapter. Below is my third chapter of my dissertation.

Within this part of the Dissertation the research was based upon an online Survey. This part of the dissertation will discuss and evaluate the role of a Deputy Stage Manager from a professional perspective. The software that was used to gather the information was SurveyMonkey which helped gain 7 responses in total.

Fig.1. displays the question of age within the topic this question was raised due to the concern of having responses that wouldn’t be classed as an professional opinion. Statistics show that 57% of participants were aged between 18-25, 29% of participants were aged between 25-35 and 14% of participants were aged between 35-45.

Fig.2. raises the question of how many years have the participants of the survey been in the industry statistics show that 43% of participants have been within the industry below 5 years and between 5-10 years and 14% have been in the industry 15 years +.

Fig.3. raises the question of role within the industry be it Production Manager, Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager or etc this was to acknowledge different participants that may have knowledge within the industry. Statistics show that 14% of participants were a Production Manager, 43% were a Stage Manager, 29% of participants were either a Deputy or Assistant Stage Manager and with the same percentage participants selected “Other” within the survey. Those that had selected other stated that they were a Production Electrician and Sound Engineer.

Fig.4. represents different areas of performance be it Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre or Opera within the statistics for this question 43% of participants said that they specialised within Acting shows, 29% of participants specialised within dance shows and 57% specialised within Musicals.

All questions had the intention of gaining knowledge of the individual so that the decision could be made of whether this unknown person was a suitable candidate that could be classed as an industry professional.

During the survey the question was raised of what are the generic skill sets of the Deputy Stage Manager according to Appendices 1 Respondent 1 said that the generic skills of the Deputy Stage Manager are the ability to read music to an indefectible level and they must have the ability to understand the stresses and pressure of each department during the technical rehearsal.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 2 said that the Deputy Stage Manager must be good at time keeping, have good communication skills, have good punctuation and be organised.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 3 said that the Deputy Stage Manager must have organisation skills as well as a cool head, understanding of production elements and good communication skills.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 4 said the Deputy Stage Manager must be comprehensible, punctual, proficient, attentive and genial.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 5 said that the Deputy Stage Manager must be organised, be good at time management, be honest and academic.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 6 said that the Deputy Stage Manager must have communication, time management and organisation skills.

According to Appendices 1 Respondent 7 believes that the generic skill sets of the Deputy Stage Manager are as follows Organisation, patience, knowledgeable of all aspect of backstage operations, punctual, passionate, approachable, constantly contactable, and has to have a clear and calm voice.

During Appendices 1 there is the common belief that the Deputy Stage Manager must have organisation skills this belief is shared with Respondents 2,3,5,6 and 7. There is a general census of the Deputy Stage Manager needing to be punctual a belief shared by Respondents 2,4 and 7. Another general belief within this appendices is that the Deputy Stage Manager needs to have good communication skills a belief shared by respondents 2,3,4 and 6.

Appendices 2 looks at the Deputy Stage Manager on an Acting show this is where the survey started to go to specific skill sets of the role in specific shows. According to Respondent 1 the Deputy Stage Manager needs to have an excellent understanding of the script, the ability to understand cueing in ridiculous and unnatural places as well as this they must understand cue timings and they must have a knowledge of technology and detailed paperwork.

According to Appendices 2 Respondent 3 suggests that the Deputy Stage Manager within this show needs to ave good communication and knowledge of performance styles.

According to Appendices 2 Respondent 5 says that the Deputy Stage Manager needs to have good time management and organisational skills on this type of production.

According to Appendices 2 Respondent 6 states that the Deputy Stage Manager on this type of production needs to have an understanding of Acting pieces and the same as generic skills stated in Appendices 1.

According to Appendices 2 Respondent 7 states that the Deputy Stage Manager on this type of production needs to have similar skills to their answer within Appendices 1 as well as being passionate towards acting productions and actors themselves with a good level of respectability.

According to Appendices 2 there is a general belief that the Deputy Stage Manager must have the same generalised knowledge from Appendices 1 however it is agreed by Respondents 1 and 6 that this role must have a knowledge of different acting styles. It is also a common belief between respondents 1 and 7 that this role must have knowledge of the backstage departments.

Appendices 3 shows the viewpoints for a Deputy Stage Manager on a Dance show Respondent 1 stated that the Deputy Stage Manager must have the essential skill of reading music, must understand musical terminology and mist have a understanding of classical ballet, staging and positions.

According to Appendices 3 Respondent 3 stated that the Deputy Stage Manager of a Dance show must have musical knowledge, a understanding of the show concept and must have communication with a cool head.

According to Appendices 3 Respondent 6 stated that the Deputy Stage Manager on this type of show must have an understanding of the type of dance and a knowledge of reading music this is if the music is live although cueing can be done by timings if the music is recorded.

From appendices 3 there is a general belief that the Deputy Stage Manager on a Dance production must have musical knowledge and be able to read score this si shared by Respondent 1,3 and 6 another belief that is shared with Respondents 1 and 6 is that the Deputy Stage Manager must have an knowledge of the different types of dance styles.

Appendices 4 shows the viewpoint from respondents of what a Deputy Stage Manager needs to have on a Musical/Opera show. According to Respondent 2 the Deputy Stage Manager must have the same skills as stated in Appendices 1.

According to Appendices 4 Respondent 3 stated that the Deputy Stage Manager on a Musical/Opera Show must know how to read musical score as well as a knowledge of show flow and tempo, they must also have good communication skills, have an organised approach to work and have the knowledge of cueing.

According to Appendices 4 Respondent 4 believes that the Deputy Stage Manager on a Musical/Opera show would need to be efficient in reading scripts and musical score.

According to Appendices 4 Respondent 6 believes that the Deputy Stage Manager on this type of show must have an understanding of the concept of the show be it classical or modern and they must have a knowledge of reading music scores.

Within Appendices 4 Respondents 3,4 and 6 have the same belief in that the Dpeuty Stage Manager must have the knowledge of score reading, score reading is music sheet reading within a performance. Respondents 4 and 6 shared the same view that the Deputy Stage Manager must have a knowledge about the show that they are working on.

Appendices 5 shows the beliefs of the respondents on if they believe that the role of the Deputy Stage Manager has changed from their original expectations of the job role. Respondents 2,4 6 and 7 said that they did believe that the role had differed and varied from their original expectations, Respondent 3 stated that the Deputy Stage Manager would need to be adaptable to each situation and stated that every show is different. However, respondent 1 disagreed with the other respondents and believes that the role doesn’t differ or vary from their original expectations.

 

SWOT

The attached is my SWOT analysis which was part of the Industry Development module of my course. Within this I comment on my Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This should help me when I go out into my chosen industry as I can look back at what I believe I need to improve on from this assignment. This will help in development as a Deputy Stage Manager on my end of year show as again some Weaknesses are apart of this role so this will help me develop further.

SWOT