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KMC - it isn't really virtual signaling in Canada, where first nations have far more clout.

For those outside of Canada who may not understand the practice of land acknowledgement in that country, here's a bit of a quick primer at CBC.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Great Britain
« on: Apr 10, 2018, 05:56 pm »
Welcome! If you're headed for your Bachelors degree then it's "going to college" in the US as well. Enjoy your stay (here and there) and don't hesitate to ask for translations to British English.

From time to time our moderator staff will receive messages to post on behalf of our members who wish to remain anonymous. This is one of those messages.

It has been a few years since I've been on the site. After personal reasons, mainly to burnout, I decided to leave the industry a few years ago to try and pursue something else. After deciding that that new venture was not for me, plus deciding that I really missed the theatre, I'm making the decision to come back.

I am caught however, in a standstill for applying to future positions, especially for the upcoming summer. I have already taken stock and drilled into my brain the learning experience that is coming with my past decision, not networking as best as I could have. Lesson learned! Now it's time to move forward!

I am now left with the task of finding new references, as the ones I used previously are no longer valid and I do not believe would be good ones for me to use any longer. I possibly have a few I might try. But, I am curious if anyone might have some ideas on how I might approach this in a way in the event that I might not have appropriate references for applying to future positions while I am starting back up?

Thank you for any insights you might be able to give!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Saving Prompt Books
« on: Jan 14, 2018, 01:56 pm »
In my experience they always became property of the producer when the show ended.

Introductions / Re: Alabama/Arizona Collegiate SM!
« on: Dec 21, 2017, 05:15 pm »
Welcome acm! There's not many places where we can step out of the shadows, but this is one of them. Thanks for joining!

Introductions / Re: From Thespian to SM
« on: Dec 05, 2017, 01:39 am »
Welcome, roarie! I like the arms-up trick!

Introductions / Re: Re-introduction
« on: Nov 15, 2017, 07:58 pm »
Oh hey I remember you! Former moderator. Welcome back.

Introductions / Re: Hi there from Australia!
« on: Nov 04, 2017, 10:07 pm »
Ah yes, all the hidden things that only become visible when you register. All our forms and localized boards. Welcome to the site, glad you decided to register!

The Green Room / Re: Stage Manager Survey 2017
« on: Nov 02, 2017, 10:33 pm »
Yay! It's the survey! We love the survey! Thanks for continuing with this massive project!

Introductions / Re: Hello from Boston
« on: Nov 02, 2017, 08:47 am »
Personally I've always wondered why fire drills and evacuations in the dark weren't integrated into more tech weeks.

I started as a performer. Actually I'd gone from dancer > actor > musician > director > electrician > LD > stage manager > producer > stage manager by the time I was 19. If anything as a stage manager I regretted not spending longer on stage learning the real craft of it (as opposed to high school scenery chewing), as I needed that language to participate in table work and work with understudies.

A huge part of your job as a stage manager involves talking with performers, so knowing their language and their experience will be a definite asset. Another huge part of the job involves working with directors, who also usually emerge from performance.

PS Welcome to the site!

The Green Room / Dear Abby: Box Office Misbehavior
« on: Oct 23, 2017, 09:33 am »
From time to time the SMNetwork staff posts on behalf of members who wish to remain anonymous. We call these "Dear Abby" posts after the venerable newspaper advice column. This is one such post.

What would you do if you found out the theater where you're SMing is doing something you believe is illegal, but that is not physically going to put anyone in danger?

More details: My show has been oversold 4 times in the last 2 weeks, and I found out from the house manager that it isn't an accident. According to him, upper management at the theater has decided that since there are so many no-shows for every performance, they're going to just oversell the house rather than have a 'sold out' show with empty seats. The way they're doing this is by releasing tickets for sale on third-party sites like Goldstar, but then also selling those tickets via the theater's website/box office as well.

I have worked in a box office a few times over the years, and I have been told by past box office managers that selling the same seat twice is scalping and is illegal. I've never seen that law in writing or anything myself, and don't know who enforces it or how.

Having an oversold house is wildly inconvenient for me and for the house manager (show starting late, upset patrons, late seating in the middle of the house because that's the only empty seat, turning away the volunteer ushers), but no one is in danger, and as an SM hired on for one show this isn't my department or my job.

Would you say something to the theater? Try to report it to someone? Leave it alone and hope karma comes back around?

Editor's note: This is an AEA house but I'm not sure if it's IA.

The Green Room / Re: Remembering Nick Tochelli
« on: Oct 08, 2017, 11:22 am »
For those wishing to help with the college fund for Nick's kids, there is a donation site set up at:

If you would like to send a check please PM me for the mailing address.

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