As a stage manager, I feel like the highest compliment you can give me is your trust.
Directors trust that I’m writing it all down, facilitating communication, coordinating the group and that once the show opens, that I will keep the show running as intended
Designers trust that I will keep them involved with the goings-on in rehearsal, that their artistic visions is upheld with every performance.
ASMs trust that I am delegating fairly, not going to overwhelm them with work, micromanage them or throw them under the bus.
Actors trust that I am advocating for their safety when they cannot, that I am preparing or overseeing the preparation of the rehearsal hall, dressing room, and stage so that they do not have to pull focus from their work to worry about a prop being tracked or a broken refrigerator in the green room.
Crew personnel and technicians trust that the paperwork and information I give them is accurate and correct, and that they will not be unfairly blamed for mistakes that are not their fault based on decisions and actions made from my paperwork.
I trust all of these different groups as well, and they all trust each other.
Trust makes good theatre happen.