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2023 SMArts Toronto Hybrid Conference
April 20 - 30

Registration now open!

Stage Management is an intricate web of personal, technical, organizational and life skills. The SMArts Conference explores many aspects of our field and helps us to share our experience and knowledge with each other, through interactive courses and open discussion. SMArts continues to provide a comfortable environment for new and experienced Stage Managers to perfect their craft.

“Good mix of listening and activity.”

“These seminars are very effective and are helping me clarify my style of stage managing.”

“Really good handouts and class participation.”

“Very forthcoming and friendly to everyone.”

“I really want to thank you again for the SMArts Conference. I think it has given me the confidence that I can go out there, and be a stage manager!”

“Your course on Dance stage management has made a tangible difference.”

“I have been in Toronto for a little over 7 months, and the last 10 days taught me more about the inner workings of theatre in Toronto than the last 7 months!  Every single facilitator of the courses I attended was so well prepared and so candid in the way they shared their wisdom and experience with us.  I am 100% recommending this to my friends and I will be there next year too!”

This Stage Management Conference is for:

  • the student Stage Manager who wants to know more about their career choice
  • the Apprentice Stage Manager who wants to hone their skills
  • the experienced Stage Manager who is looking for diversification within their field.

Registration is restricted to either working stage managers or those who have the goal of becoming a professional stage manager. If you are not sure if you qualify contact Janelle for clarification.

Have you ever had a chat about a sitzprobe, spacing or largo? Would you like to know more about stewards and stings and lavs? Have you used a magic sheet or rosin or a boom box? Perhaps you are curious about rush or ROEs or swings. SMArts can give you the answers to all of the above and much more.

SMArts also strives to offer the tools, the thoughts and the questions to help make our production experiences more well-rounded and fulfilling. We hope you have the opportunity to join us in exploring the world of Stage Management.

Fast Facts


Participants have attended the Conferences

At least

Instructors have participated in the Conferences

More than

SMArts books have been distributed

Since 1996

Different courses have been offered

At least

Colleges and universities use the Guidelines as course material

We’ve held

Fundraising parties for the SMArts Apprenticeship Trust Fund


SMArts past participants have joined Equity since attending their first conference
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