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Q&A with Backstage Hero, Becky Hamlin

What is a Stage Manager?  

A Stage Manager is the one in charge of starting and ending each performance, giving the actor a signal to begin and calling “GO” for the first light/sound cue. I coordinate all the scheduling for rehearsals, director and designer meetings, costume fittings, photo shoots, and meal breaks. Stage Managers coordinate, encourage, assist, facilitate, support, spearhead, drive, and guide. Every job on and around stage requires a certain amount of art and this one is no exception. When an actor magically appears in a blast of light and sound, the Stage Manager is the unseen artist that facilitates all the moving components and people necessary to make moments magical.

What do you love most about your job as a Stage Manager? 

This is one of the best jobs in the business! I get to work alongside top stage managers, directors, designers and actors in the world.

How long have you worked at the Alley?

In May, it’ll be 18 years.

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Fort Worth, Texas.

What is your favorite show you’ve ever worked on at the Alley?

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. It’s a great script and our production was amazing! However, cleaning up 11 gallons of blood after every show was not very fun.

What are your interests or hobbies outside of theatre?

I’m into fashion, so I love a good fashion show and enjoy shopping once in a while. I am also a history buff. I can get lost in a museum or historic site.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I love being outside, but I don’t like all the elements (i.e. the bugs, dirt, rain, snow, the cold); figure that one out!