Graduate membership

Are you about to graduate from a technical theatre course? Perhaps you graduated in the last six months? For information on what SMA Membership can do for you, read on:

Special Offer for Graduates in Summer 2024

What does it offer?

Help finding work in four key ways

The SMA Freelist

The only listing that shows prospective employers exactly when you are available; produced monthly and emailed out initially to over 700 potential employers it is updated daily and available on request and for other SMA Members to download from the SMA Website. The Freelist is provided FREE to the industry.

FREE full entry on SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight is not just for actors, it has a dedicated stage management section only for SMA Members. Potential employers who have a Spotlight account can view your full CV. You have access to your details to update as necessary. Your Spotlight Membership Card also provides you with many special offers. Premium Membership 25% discount

Whilst you can list yourself on Mandy for free, to access the job details in full requires Premium Membership.

SMA Website

Constantly updated jobs listings only available for SMA Members.


Read up on issues and news relevant to stage management or hunt for digs and advice in our newsletter Cueline or on our website members’ area. The SMA also produces a roundup email, SMAgenda every Tuesday which contains new and interesting information and publishes factsheets and guides available FREE to all our members.

Networking & Events

Meet fellow stage managers and share your experiences at our regular member events including exclusive backstage tours and seminars.

Career development and training

The SMA offers help & advice and a range of practical courses run by working professionals at discounted rates for members. Courses cover Company Management, Production Management, Cueing from Music/Scorereading, Relighting, Health & Safety, Event Management, Props, Automation and much, much more.

Practical advice

The SMA was formed by stage managers for stage managers. We know the problems you may encounter and can offer advice or simply someone to talk to. If we don’t know the answer, we know a member who does.


The SMA is the only body in the UK exclusively representing stage management. We can take your concerns to the right people; make your voice heard and give it the weight of your many colleagues. The SMA raises the profile of stage management and the issues that affect it.

Who is eligible?

Any Graduate of an SMA approved stage management (or technical theatre) vocational course whose application is supported by a reference from their course tutor and approved by the SMA Board of Directors.

What do I need to do now?

Fill in the application form below. Let your referees know that the SMA will be contacting them, as this will speed up your application. Once we have checked and approved your application, we will get in contact with ways to pay.

How much does it cost?

6 months: £54

There is a one-time option to extend for a further 6 months.

After two six month periods you will need to upgrade to Professional Membership with 1 further reference (no join/rejoin fee) or Associate membership.

Payment is made via the website with your application. It is possible to pay via BACS
Account name: Stage Management Association
Sort Code: 40-11-58
Account no: 80312010

Please contact the SMA Office if you need further assistance.

This form is for new members only. If you are a Student member already and want to apply for Graduate membership, please login and follow the link on the Pay Membership page.

Apply for SMA Graduate membership




One referee required, must be your course head or tutor and familiar with your college stage management work.

Please submit your application. We will contact you again once it has been approved. Please be patient as this can take several days.

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