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Job Postings / Re: Shanghai Disney
« on: Jan 24, 2015, 02:03 am »
My understanding is it is indeed for one who speaks Mandarin and one who does not, but if anyone finds out otherwise, let me know.

Job Postings / Shanghai Disney
« on: Jan 23, 2015, 10:11 am »
This came across my desk

Shanghai Disney is looking for a lot of stage managers. Both Biligual and Englsih-Speaking. If you are interested in these posistions, please feel free to contact me:

Here are the job descriptions:
Production Stage Manager:

Stage Manager
   Production Stage Manager - Disney Worldwide Services - Job Details
Job Details: Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in

Tools of the Trade / Re: Ergonomics and the Tech Table
« on: Jan 19, 2015, 09:01 am »
Always prefer standing to call a show (especially a musical) when I have a chance to . . .

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Email signature
« on: Jan 06, 2015, 11:27 pm »
Once a show closes - I forward all emails to my home account, and send a vacation announcement saying the show had closed.

Never had a problem really.

Employment / Re: Negotiating pay
« on: Jan 06, 2015, 10:52 am »
It's tricky, as someone who does hiring, to accept a job and the want to negotiate a higher fee at that point doesn't always sit right with me, unless new information between the "yes" and the contract signing rises up.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Email signature
« on: Jan 06, 2015, 10:48 am »
For full productions, I have a separate email for every show. (sample)

so, customize email signature based on the show.

this allows me to keep my shows (and life) separate.

Self-Promotion / Re: Sondheim's COMPANY
« on: Jan 05, 2015, 06:45 pm »
sadly not . . . don't think I'll be back on the west coast for awhile :-(

Self-Promotion / Re: Sondheim's COMPANY
« on: Jan 01, 2015, 11:37 pm »
Oh - I wish I could see this - - - this show is growing on me as I get older . . .

The Green Room / Happy New Year
« on: Jan 01, 2015, 01:36 am »
May the work be plentiful, rewarding and lucrative,
May all your tech be smooth and pain free,
May your casts be talented, prompt. and respectful,
May your teams be large and skilled,
May your personal life be unharmed by the career that has chose you,
May your glass never be empty,
May 2015 be the best year yet!

Employment / Career Oops'es
« on: Dec 21, 2014, 12:00 am »
Wanted to share a couple of career move oops'es I have either done . . . or have run across . . .

1) A friend of mine emailed me a notice of a show he had written - I emailed, jokingly to him . . . "Who do I have to f*** to get on this show?" - yep, responded to all . . . a virtual who's who of commercial theater got it (I played it off well, and got some positive feedback about showing enthusiasm as a stage manager).

2) Had an assistant apply for a job that conflicted with the current job they were working on with me . . . and used me as a reference without telling me they were looking for other work.  Made the reference awkward . . . to say the least.

3) Send out a cover letter without changing the name of the theater company from the last cover letter I sent out.  Sad really.

What other mistakes have you made and recovered from . . .

Employment / Re: WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR RESUME . . .
« on: Dec 17, 2014, 01:05 pm »
Yeah, I think the juggling, oddly is theatrical and fights.

Equestrian riding.  Synchronized swimming. Summer Camp Counselor 

All of these things I have read on resumes - which I find interesting, and with enough thought . . . I can figure out how they apply to stage management . . .

It's when the get cutesy, or have no relation to theater . . . I can the question of taste in the reason to put it on the resume. 

On the flip side, I no longer list special skills in my resume.

Eventually you will want the space on the paper for something else.

Employment / Re: WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR RESUME . . .
« on: Dec 16, 2014, 08:23 pm »
If I am putting together a team, I want professional, serious minded stage managers (who get along well) - if you want to pull a cutesy trick in your resume to stand out, then you probably will - but note some SM's/or PM's may not see it a positive way to Stand Out.

But, if you are early career and desperate to stand out - and your resume doesn't have the hook you need, then add something like this - what would you have to loose?

Remember the cover letter is to get them to read the resume, the resume is to land the interview . . .

Employment / Re: WHAT NOT TO PUT ON YOUR RESUME . . .
« on: Dec 16, 2014, 12:09 pm »
I read a bit of advice somewhere that I really liked; put one interesting, non-related skill on your resume. It rounds you out as a person, makes your resume stand out a bit, and it gives an interviewer a jumping off point for the dreaded, "So tell me about you, I see you can juggle..."

This can back fire, you have to be very careful with it.  I think juggling is not that out there our weird. 

You can stand out in the wrong way.

Why not stand out based on your skills and show list instead?

This happens all the time - very rarely are people only working on one show at a time . . . actors are shooting commercials, directors are developing three or four shows down the line.

You can't control what people do outside the contracted time.

I am concerned that you are concerned at this point.  They have yet to be late once . . . if there was an hour break between gigs and travel time was 90 minutes, or even 60 minutes, I can see sending up a red flag.

I would assume they are hopefully adults and will figure out how to make it work (maybe one leaves early, if the commute becomes an issue).  And then, if they are late once, be ready to run lines, and then discuss with them how the team would like to handle the time issue.

You should communicate as much as the project needs with each designer - no more, no less - while always keeping the door open for more communication if they feel they need more.

I find that I am usually the SOURCE of information for most of my design staff, and they end up coming to me (or the director through me) to get more information - I find, after an initial list or ground plan - there may be little they have to offer me.

My job is to make sure they have the information they need for success.

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