What Goes Into My Stage Manager Kit
Updated: Apr 25
Every good theatrical stage manager has a stage manager kit. A kit serves as both a toolbox and an office supply drawer for a stage manager. Like with any toolbox, it can take time and [a little bit of] money to put together an effective stage manager kit.
Below is what I normally keep in my stage manager kit. It can be customized to fit what you need as a stage manager. I use an old toolbox I got from my dad, but there are plenty of organization options out there if you don't want a full toolbox.
Mini Screw Driver
A few pieces of extra glow tape
First Aid Kit
Headphone adapter [iPhone]
Oriental Fan (many dressers keep a fan on them during performances in case actors get warm backstage and have a few seconds to cool down before going back onstage)
Cloth to clean glasses
Tide Stain Pen
Oil blotting sheets
Mini Lint Roller
A roll of dental floss
Disposable nail files
IB Profin/Tylenol (I have experience working with both actors and family members that are allergic to IB Profin, so I keep a small bottle of Tylenol for those that can't use IB Profin).
How do I stock all of these items? The trick is to not buy everything at once. Some items I've gotten over the years that I immediately put in my stage manager kit. If I get something as a sample size, I put it in my stage manager kit. If I need smaller first aid items, I usually shop at CVS or Walgreens in the travel section so I'm not buying something bulky.
Keep in mind that anything in your stage manager kit that you loan out (that isn't perishable/one-time-use) may not come back, so give out your favorite pen or anything you would be upset to lose.