my stage management kit


The box itself is known on Amazon as the Plano Magnum Satchel Beige / Blue. It comes in two sizes. I have the larger one (17" x 12" x 7").

The four small boxes that fit inside the bottom compartment are the Plano 23500-00 Size Stowaway with Adjustable Dividers.


Inside the top:

Inside the bottom:

View of individual boxes:

Here's a basic list of the things it has:

Top "blue" section

Roughly from back-left to front-right. It may not match the picture exactly because things sometimes move around.
  • 12-foot tape measure
  • Headlamp
  • Leatherman/flashlight holster (w/ Leatherman & flashlight)
  • Leatherman pouch (for times when I don't need the flashlight)
  • backup flashlight
  • single hole punch
  • crescent wrench
  • black batting gloves
  • stubby Phillips screwdriver w/ lanyard (mainly for tap shoes)
  • focus tool (usually removed for space)
  • mini Kleenex pouches (2)
  • big binder clips
  • random velcro straps, keyrings, carabiners
  • allen key set
  • whiteout pen
  • staples
  • staple remover
  • superglue
  • laser pointer
  • big eraser
  • exacto knife/tiny screwdriver contraption
  • cheap flashlight suitable for lending to people
  • stopwatch
  • alligator/magnet clip for my Photon Freedom light
  • wire, fishing line, string
  • page reinforcers
  • adhesive rubber feet
  • retractable cable lock
  • velcro cable ties
  • eating utensils, straws, salt/pepper/sugar
  • black and white velcro
  • assorted screws, washers
  • 3-prong to 2-prong Edison adapter
  • tiny level
  • small 3-hole-punch (does about 3 pages at a time)
  • spike stick
  • scale rule
  • guitar picks
  • drum key
  • earplugs

Bottom section

  • 25-foot tape measure
  • laser level (usually only when taping a floor)
  • box of my favorite push pins
  • grippy rubber mat (like to hold your phone to car dashboard)
  • zip ties
  • small mirror
  • ziplock bags
  • work gloves
  • pre-cut glow tape in box (divided by size)
  • sandpaper
  • set of dance numbers, both laminated and disposable
  • mic tape
  • a couple rolls of spike tape
  • glow tape
  • double-sided tape
  • electrical tape
  • clear packing tape or marley tape
  • random pieces of tieline
  • lightweight bag that collapses into a little pouch (a gift from an ASM)
  • laptop lock
  • portable speaker

Kit-within-Kit Cases

  • misc. thread
  • needles & pins
  • buttons
  • measuring tape
  • hair ties
  • bobby pins
  • Tide To Go pen
  • comb
  • safety pins
  • nail file
  • generic black shoelaces
  • AA
  • AAA
  • CR123A (for Surefire, etc.)
  • CR2016 (for my Photon Freedom)
  • rubber bands
  • eraser replacements for pencils
  • small binder clips
  • push pins
  • paper clips
  • binder rings
  • brass fasteners
FIRST AID Not in any way intended to replace an actual first aid kit!
  • band aids
  • lozenges
  • Visine
  • alcohol wipes
  • disposable earplugs
  • (I keep Advil, Tylenol and aspirin in my backpack)


I have a smaller pencil case-type bag that holds things which are more useful at the rehearsal room desk.
  • mechanical pencils (mine, and a couple to lend out -- not the pencils intended to serve the whole cast)
  • pens (maybe 5 that I don't mind losing)
  • scissors
  • small stapler and staples
  • scotch tape
  • page reinforcements
  • manual pencil sharpener
  • highlighters in yellow/pink/blue/green (not enough for everyone, just for occasional lending)
  • large eraser
  • spare lead, erasers and ink for my personal pens and pencils
  • post-it flags and other tabs and markers
  • pack of post-its (an emergency backup to those provided by the show)