• Jenn Kalchik

What Goes Into My Stage Manager Kit

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

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.

Office Supplies:

  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Sticky Notes

  • Tabs

  • Stapler

  • Staples

  • Scissors

  • Binder clips

  • Paper clips

  • Highlighters

  • Whiteout

  • Sharpies

  • Eraser


  • Mini Screw Driver

  • Tape Measure

  • Ruler

  • Spike Tape

  • Masking Tape

  • A few pieces of extra glow tape

  • Safety pins

  • First Aid Kit

  • Bottle Opener

  • Headphones

  • Headphone adapter [iPhone]

  • Carabiner

  • 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)


  • Tampons/pads

  • Hair ties

  • Cloth to clean glasses

  • Hand lotion

  • Tide Stain Pen

  • Oil blotting sheets

  • Mini Lint Roller

  • Disposable toothbrush

  • A roll of dental floss

  • Mouthwash

  • Hairbrush

  • Disposable nail files

  • Bobby pins

  • Kleenex

  • 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).

  • Tums

  • Throat Lozenges

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.

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