Alex Volckhausen ’93, a professional Stage Manager and member of Actors’ Equity Association with 30 years of experience with management on Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theater, leads a seminar to explain the basics of stage managing for dance, non-musical, and musical theater.

The philosophy behind the craft of stage management as it relates to the actual job, from preproduction through tech through the run of a show, will be explained and discussed in practical terms. Attendees will be given examples of a stage manager’s paperwork for: blocking notes and how to take them; tracking props and costumes in rehearsal and performance; the basics of scheduling and communication. Stage management positions and their functions within a live performance team will be featured too, from running the stage deck and backstage areas to writing and calling technical cues for lights, sound, fly-rails and set moves. Sponsored by Princeton Triangle Club.

Join the Workshop

This is a free, 3-hour, non-credit, co-curricular event open to any and all Princeton students who are interested in stage managing productions. No advance registration required; sign-in at the event.

Get directions to the Wallace Dance Building and find other venue information for the arts complex.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Please note that the performers may be unmasked while presenting onstage.


About Alex Volckhausen

Alex Volckhausen headshot

Photo courtesy Alex Volckhausen

Alex Volckhausen graduated from Princeton University’s School of Architecture in 1993. He has spent almost 30 years as an Equity stage manager with credits at nonprofit theaters in New York and across the country including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, the Signature, Second Stage, the Atlantic Theater Company, The Old Globe, The Mark Taper Forum, the Huntington, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. He is a veteran of 22 Broadway shows including Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler. 42nd Street, Flower Drum Song, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Dracula the Musical, The Little Dog Laughed, All My Sons, Guys and Dolls, Promises Promises, The Scottsboro Boys, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth, The Assembled Parties, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mamma Mia! and currently with the Broadway company of Wicked since 2015. Alex also spent a year on the national tour of The Lion King. He also has an active career as a corporate event stage manager. Alex is a trustee of the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Public Theater, and the New York Philharmonic, also an advisor to the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.


Presented By

  • Princeton Triangle Club