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Visual History with Debbie Williams

Interviewed by: Jerri Churchill

Debbie Williams discusses her 40-year career as a stage manager in variety programs including American Idol, awards shows such as The Oscars and The Academy of Country Music Awards, and live episodes of network dramas such as ER, and The West Wing.

On Stage Managing Live TV

Stage Manager Debbie Williams talks about the tricky process of setting up cues while preparing a live episode of one-hour drama ER.

On Her Approach

Williams approaches stage managing like choreography, drawing upon her background as a performer.

On the Essential Qualities of a Stage Manager

Williams shares the essential qualities of being a stage manager, which include leadership skills and having tough skin.