Updated Mar, 15th 2013
The role of Stage Manager in theater is crucial to any functioning production. The SM is the conduit for communication and the holder of all the important information. Unfortunately, the stage manager is still forced to use the toolds of the 19th century, this bogs down and complicates the role. It is essential as a SM to have all the information at your fingertips, to be able to make quick decisions and provide answers to everyone's questions. But there is so much involved in the job that the burden can be unsustainable and inhuman abilities of recall and organization are expected as the norm. The job won't change except to grow more and more complex. The tools have to change with it.
Scripts can't just be paper-based. An SM needs to be able to make changes and not worry about running off 50 copies for teh whole company; wasting time, money, and energy in what can be done quickly and easily electronically.
Many of the routine tasks can be automated to reduce the need to remember timings, schedules, etc. This also frees up assistants - or reduces the need for them - to keep track of the important businesss going on around them.
Communication can be steamlined and specialied so that everyone knows what is going on but each "loop" is separate and self
To-Do List - able to be tagged and accessed by the relevant departments and updated collectively
Notifications and reminders for tasks, rehearsals, and ongoing conversations.
Interactive scripts - to be used for blocking, notes, timings, recording audio, generating tech documents, call-sheets & schedules, distributing script changes, etc.
Rehearsal Clock - To keep Equity breaks, time runs, etc.