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Advocacy & Resources

The founding of the SMA was built upon the need to advocate for the Stage Management voice in the Union. Since 1982, the SMA continues as the voice of the profession, advocating for equitable treatment of Stage Managers in pursuit of their careers.

On this page you will find info on the SMA's advocacy efforts and groups as well as resources to help and inform you.

Public Policy Committee

This committee is focused on supporting stage managers by improving the relevant policies of entities external to the SMA. 

The charge of the Public Policy Committee (PPC) is to:

  • identify policy issues that affect stage managers as a group, including issues involving:
    • policies or practices of performing arts unions
    • policies or practices of arts producing organizations
    • policies and practices of arts education programs
    • local, state, or federal laws or regulations
  • identify specific policy changes that will benefit stage managers as a group
  • develop advocacy campaigns to effect those changes, including resources to support such advocacy by individual members and by the SMA as an institution
  • assist the SMA leadership with advocacy activities
  • work in coordination with other SMA committees that intersect with policy advocacy

In carrying out its charge, the Public Policy Committee will adhere to the SMA charter, by-laws, mission, and core values, as well as to all applicable laws and regulations. The Committee will approach all of its work with a focus on antiracism and anti-discriminatory policies and practices.

Policies & Resolutions

Resources for Stage Managers

Below are links to outside organizations and info that might help you and/or the stage management profession. Click on a topic and then the bolded wording in the drop down menu to visit the new site. This will be a regularly updated section. If you have a link to suggest, please send it via the Contact us form.