Stage Management Association Archive

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes from Stage Management Association meetings, directors' annual reports and correspondence relating to Stage Management Association.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stage Management Association (SMA) established in 1954 is a trade association for UK stage managers, providing support and advocacy for its members. David Ayliff, who managed this archive, was a co-founding member of the Stage Management Association and Honorary Life President. He also served as Equity Stage Management Councillor (1965-1976). He was the creator of the Stage Management Association's minutes from 1954 to 2003 and editor of Cueline magazine. Ayliff continued to contribute to the association following his retirement from stage management and up until his death in 2017.


This archive is arranged into the following series:

  • THM/503/1 - Minutes
  • THM/503/2 - Correspondence
  • THM/503/3 - Surveys and Publications
  • THM/503/4 - Newsletters
  • THM/503/5 - USA Stage Management Association

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here:

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Bequest of David Ayliff, 2017

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Custodial History

This archive was collected and kept by David Ayliff on behalf of the association.