Student membership

Are you a student on a technical theatre course? Still at school and interested in a backstage career? Have you just started a post grad course? For information on what SMA Membership can do for you, read on:

What does it offer?


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.

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.

AND if you are ready to look for some work

Mandy (Formerly Stage Jobs Pro) Premium Membership 25% discount

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

SMA Website

Constantly updated jobs listings only available only for SMA Members.


Fast track application to join the SMA as Graduate (from a SMA Approved Course), Associate or Professional member in your last term at drama school.

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 one of whom must be a SMA Professional Member.

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?

3 month trial: £7
Annual membership: £33.50

Payment is made via the website, after your application has been approved. It is possible to pay via BACS or cheque, please contact the SMA Office for details.

Student member application