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So late to this party - but I actually thinking being a ALD would be more beneficial as a stage manager since you are the one performing the lighting designer's cues in the show.  Being in the LD corner, having that experience, is invaluable, since he is the one designer who has to do his job LIVE, and having as much support as possible would be great.

End of the day - you should do all.  But if only had to do one, I would have voted lighting.


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The Green Room / Re: Health Realted Issue
« on: Jul 19, 2016, 03:02 pm »
Listen, my education is, due to basic HIPPA laws, I can not tell anyone anyone's personal health issues.

If this is a workplace injury, yes, that can be shared - although treatment or non-treatment is not.

But other then that, it's a individually identifiable health information that needs to remain private - and all I can do is encourage the individual to share the information with all the interested parties themselves.

Think, I tell my company manager I have cancer, my company manager tells the Director, the Director then tells other people, and all of a sudden my career is tanked, because no one wants to hire a PSM who has cancer.  By telling other people, you might be putting yourself in a litigious situation.

But, I am wondering how far off center I am with these beliefs.

[I do not have Cancer]



Post Merge: Jul 19, 2016, 03:03 pm
Hypothetically . . .

HIV
Herpes
Chicken Pox
Pregnancy
Mononucleosis
Cancer
Strained Muscle


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The Green Room / Health Realted Issue
« on: Jul 14, 2016, 01:40 pm »
A performer comes to you and tells you a health related issue . . . but asks you not to tell anyone else.

Besides encouraging them to tell others (director, producer, etc) - what else is there to do?

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The Green Room / ARTICLE: Life of a swing
« on: Jul 03, 2016, 12:07 pm »
I have to say, that before my current show, the notion of swing was not familiar to me . . .

http://www.abiolaismyname.com/2016/01/it-was-probably-my-fault-tales-from-a-year-as-a-swing-in-the-west-end/

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Simultaneous Shows ?!?
« on: Jul 02, 2016, 08:43 pm »
Fefu and Friends is sort of like this as well - everyone is together for act 1; and then you split up and watch four scenes in different order - but all interconnected - and then everyone comes together.

You need to keep very accurate timelines, time the journey from one space to the next space, and make sure you have communication to the other show.  The details are going to be in how the two shows married. 


You will most likely tech one, tech the other and then tech both together - so make sure you have enough tech time to make sure they blend together.

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Self-Promotion / Re: Weird life transition
« on: Jun 30, 2016, 11:55 am »
What's great about the business is we can constantly reinvent ourselves . . . and when doors close, windows open . . .

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The Green Room / New Challanges
« on: Jun 26, 2016, 01:32 pm »
So, I have been on the road almost a year with LION KING . . . hard to believe. 

But, there are new projects on the horizon - I am able to take a 9 week LOA, and I am off to Tokyo to be the Associate Director and Associate Production Supervisor for Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  This means, I go for four weeks and direct the musical at the Shiki Theatre in Tokyo https://www.shiki.jp/applause/notredame/special/release/.  Oddly this means the first musical I will ever "direct" (and it really is to recreate the former staging) is in a foreign language . . .  so, jumping in with two feet.  Honored that Disney is allowing me this wonderful opportunity.  End of the day, you never know where the road will take you . .. 

I will miss the Pridelands for bit, but I will be back in time for the Holidays.

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Employment / Re: How far are you willing to travel?
« on: Jun 21, 2016, 08:51 pm »
90 minutes tops.

But I would stock up on a lot of books on tape.

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Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Master Cue Sheet
« on: Jun 15, 2016, 01:25 am »
never heard of this in my life . . .

run book / run sheets . . .

But before tech, how would I know what cues I would be calling?

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The Green Room / Re: Birth Order
« on: Jun 15, 2016, 01:24 am »
I am odd . . .

Oldest child raised at home.

At 30, I met my older brother . . .

But still identify as a the oldest.

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Rail cues
« on: Jun 15, 2016, 01:22 am »
Find out . . . often, rail is on cue light for a wide variety of reasons.

On busy shows, I wouldn't have time to call the direction.

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Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Docs.
« on: Jun 05, 2016, 12:52 am »
cloud base is all good and fine until you loose internet

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Well, the first thing you could have done was sign a contract that actually reflected the dates you planned on working.

And then you should have asked for a weekly salary based on that.

500.00 for the first part of the show, paid as $100.00 a week.

It's hard when working non-union because you don't have the union backing you up.

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Employment / Re: What are the effects of resigning early?
« on: May 14, 2016, 07:58 pm »
Every AEA contract should have an out listed - the number of weeks you need to give notice.

If you do not give that notice, you could end up owing them money.

As long as you pay that money, you have fufilled your contract.

There is the stigma of walking away from the show that may or may not follow you - depending on what market you work in.

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The Green Room / Hiring a Friend
« on: Apr 28, 2016, 02:59 pm »
Me and my boss are discussing this issue . . .

Hiring someone you know personally versus hiring someone you don't know?

My personal philosophy is that I can't hire anyone I am not willing to fire - and sometimes the friends I have are worth more as a friend then a team mate. 

Although I am also arguing that sometimes, I just want someone I know, someone I can trust and someone who's stage management philosophy lines up with mine . . .

Maybe it's worth the risk.

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