Stage Management Resources


Stage Management Committee

The Stage Management Committee (SM Committee) has been serving Equity members working in stage management since the early '90s. By regularly reaching out to our constituency, we have ensured that Council policy and Equity's various agreements continue to reflect the needs of stage managers working in all disciplines. If we can be of assistance, please let us know


Councillor Contact Information (by Region)

The SM Committee has created a series of flyers, sized to post on the Equity callboard, citing Councillor contact information from coast-to-coast. Simply print and post!


Stage Manager Apprentice Advisors

  • Advisor List

    The SM Committee publishes a list of members within each region who have volunteered to be Apprentice Advisors, whom apprentices may email with questions that they have about Equity, scale agreements or engagement policies or stage management issues in general.
  • How to Become an SM Apprentice Advisor

    Are you interested in sharing the benefit of your experience working in a professional environment? Do you believe in the mentoring process? An advisor's role is not to interpret any of Equity's agreements and policies, but to share your experience working in a professional environment.

Provincial ESA Overtime & Resources

The SM Committee has prepared a resource document to provide stage managers with an overview of Employment Standards Legislation and Regulations. The resource includes information on exceptions, averaging and links to government websites for Employment Standards information. The information provided should be considered in tandem with Appendix IV of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (last updated March, 2011).
Note: Access is restricted to Equity members only. You must login and be a member in good standing in order to access the documents.

Allowable Working Hours Permits

Equity's agreements and policies require that the Engager must notify a SM regarding any permits related to allowable working hours in a day or week that may affect the artist's working conditions in advance of signing an engagement contract. This information must also be included in a rider affixed to the artist's engagement contract including how ESA overtime is administered by the Engager, any applicable averaging cycle and the timing of payment of ESA overtime to the artist. Members are encouraged to email a Business Representative with any questions about engagement contract riders and ESA arrangements currently in effect.


SM Time Sheets

The SM Committee has created a resource for members to assist in the tracking of their work hours, calculating CTA/ITA overtime and penalty payments, and calculating Employment Standards overtime where applicable.
Note:Access is restricted to Equity members only. You must login and be a member in good standing in order to access the time sheets.


As part of the negotiated rollover of the CTA terms for 2018-2019, Equity and PACT have committed to resolving outstanding issues around ESA calculation of overtime for stage managers, no later than December 31, 2018. The CTA/ITA time sheets provided herein may be amended as applicable based on the outcome of this negotiation. Updates will be posted online and provided by EQUIFLASH when available.

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Stage Managing the Arts

S.M.Arts is an instructional service organization providing quality training to stage mangers, from early career counselling to high-level mid-career professional development. Annual conferences explore aspects of stage management with an emphasis on sharing experience and knowledge in a comfortable seminar environment.


Equity has been a key S.M.Arts sponsor as part of the Association's professional development mandate since the organization's inception in 1997.


Useful Documents