1. Follow the instructions of the application process. Do not over communicate.
2. Note this is not a job interview and not the time to talk about how to get a job there. If the host has not seen your resume – perhaps include it in your thank you note to them after the fact.
3. Once scheduled- be on time.
4. Dress code- make sure to ask what the backstage dress code is for this show.
5. Make sure you understand where you are observing from- backstage can be tight and you may have to move mid show – know your cue.
6. Note you are there to observe the stage manager – do not take photos of the show or the cast without permission.
7. Do not interrupt the daily flow of the show- do not pull actors or others aside that you do not know and introduce yourself.
8. If you have the privilege of being on headset, be respectful – only speak if spoken to.
9. Find out prior to the show starting if there is a point in the show you can ask the Stage Manager questions – otherwise wait till the end.
10. At the end of the show- do not hang around unless invited to do so – the Stage Manager still has work to do.
11. MAKE SURE TO SAY THANK YOU and then follow up with a thank you note.
12. Future Observation opportunities depend on your professional behavior.