Professional membership

Do you work as a professional stage manager in Theatre, Events, Television or Education? For information on what SMA Membership can do for you, read on:

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, Agenda 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, our new MENTOR SCHEME, 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?

Anyone who has worked on the stage management staff of a professional company in the UK and whose application is approved by the SMA Board of Directors. Two professional references are required both of whom know your professional stage management work.

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?

SMA Subscription FeesMarch 01 2024
Subscription level PriceJoin/rejoin
Professional standard – annual£93.00£15.00
Professional standard – annual (print)£120.00£15.00
Professional – annual (website renewal)£89.00 
Professional – annual (print)(w/s renewal)£120.00 
Professional – quarterly£29.00 
Professional – quarterly (print)£32.00 
Professional monthly£9.00 

There is a £15 sign up fee for new or previously lapsed, rejoining Professional members.

Annual E-membership:  (receiving Cueline as PDF)

£93 for new (plus the £15 join /sign up fee), rejoining /previously lapsed Professional Members  (£108 total)

£93 standard membership  (reduced to £89 for members renewing Membership on an auto renew basis before the renewal date  to receive the lowest Membership rate in the month leading to your renewal month)

Annual membership inc. the print version of Cueline:

£135 for new (to include the £15.00 join /sign up fee),rejoining /previously lapsed Professional Members

£120 (on an auto renew basis to receive the lowest Membership rate in the month leading to your renewal month) once Renewal Date has passed

After the first year, there is also an option to pay quarterly or monthly

Payment can be made via the website once your application is received and you will be contacted by email.

It is possible to pay via BACS
Account name: Stage Management Association
Sort Code: 40-11-58
Account no: 80312010
(Renewing at £89 or £120 with print version of Cueline)
-or even cheque (Renewing £89/£120) to SMA Bishopsgate Institute, Rosebery Room, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
Please contact the SMA if you need further assistance.

This form is for new members only. If you are a Student or Graduate member already and want to apply for Professional membership, please contact the SMA office.

Graduate members just require one further reference to upgrade to Professional and no additional fees apply.


Apply for SMA Professional membership




Two referees required who both know your professional stage management work. One ideally will be a SMA Professional Member but this is not compulsory. (contact us for help and advice if you have any query).

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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