Governance & History
of the SMA
Formed by Advocacy
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SMA
In the fall of 1981, a group of New York stage managers held a get-together with the stage managers of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Nicholas Nickleby. That get-together was the inspiration for us to start regular meetings; at first on a social basis, then as an official Business Meeting in February 1982. Common concerns raised at those first meetings included:
- Lack of representation in our unions.
- The need to meet other stage managers on a regular basis to exchange ideas, contacts, and job opportunities.
- A desire to educate others about the work we do.
Networking and Education remain an important part of our mission today. Our members are united for a common cause: to continue to advocate for and recognize stage managers for the work we do in the entertainment profession.