verb (used with object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager for: When he wasn't acting, he stage-managed a repertory theater.
to arrange or stage in order to produce a theatrical or spectacular effect: The clients were most impressed with the way she stage-managed the whole presentation.
to arrange or direct unobtrusively or in secret: He stage-managed Mediterranean black-market operations from his secluded villa on the Riviera.
verb (used without object), stage-managed, stage-managing.
to work as a stage manager.