Because everyone wants to be ON stage, technical jobs in theatre (especially if you have any experience or a degree) is a whole lot easier to find. It's even better once you have built a reputation for excellence- then people will find you rather you having to look for jobs. Word of mouth about your work is your best asset here.
Prior to going to school, find ways to get involved with community theatre. Try to do everything, from onstage to off, so you can build skills and know what the other person's shoes feel like. This will also help you to be sure you actually want to be a professional stage manager. Once you're in school, make sure to take your summers and intern with professional companies. The people you meet and the recommendations they write for you are what will turn into the jobs down the road. Good luck!
Abigail recommends the following next steps:
- Volunteer with community theatre before you go away to college
- Do internships with professional theatres during your summers while at school (these will turn into job offers afterwards)
- Do your best no matter what job you're given, even if you don't think it IS your job to do it.
- Be willing to learn and never burn a bridge with your fellow actors or production team. They will be your recommendations and your first alert that a great job is coming available.