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The Hardline / AEA members: time to vote again!
« on: Mar 25, 2020, 09:50 pm »
Hey all you AEA members in SMNetwork land:

This year's vote is important because it will involve those involved with our new experiment of a national convention. I am throwing my hat back in the ring and ask for your support for another term as Western Stage Manager Councillor ? please feel free to ask me any questions or raise any concerns that I can address.

I continue to be someone who works behind the scenes, not worrying about credit for the things I do (except when it comes time to prove that I am worth my seat), and I continue to represent the underrepresented ? small contracts in small theatres, making sure all voices are heard whether or not they are the company line, and actively dedicated to inclusion and diversity across the board.

And of course, regardless, put the date on your calendar and please remember to VOTE!

Employment / Re: COVID-19 resources
« on: Mar 25, 2020, 09:42 pm »

Employment / Re: Needing a cover for 2 shows
« on: Mar 01, 2020, 10:20 pm »
Is this a union show? What contract are you on? And how many shows a week?

Of course, let your producers know well in advance. Also, if possible, make sure that person gets to watch the show from the house at least once, and if possible as well, that they meet the cast ahead of time.

Normally, the sub observes once, then is observed once before taking it over for those few days, but that may depend on how complex the show is technically, and how well the sub picks up.

For your, there are a few options: In an ideal world, you are on an AEA contract that has formal sub SM language which (if I remember correctly) requires that person being hired for a minimum of a week and may include a health allotment. For your employers, it would mean one additional check in that week.

Other people choose the option you mention, to simply be paid directly as a sub ? which would be full amount for however many days, but before taxes are taken out. That person will be working at least 4 and possibly more days, depending on show specifics, cast size etc.

You might start by reaching out to SMs you know and trust in your area. Some will only work under contract, and some will prefer covering without the formality. But either way, it will give you a head start before broaching the topic to your producers.

Employment / Re: branching into props
« on: Feb 19, 2020, 01:57 am »
This is very simplistic, but you might start by walking with the  prop people on shows you are already doing. And if there are any major houses in your town, that's also a great opportunity to meet prop people who might take you under their wings.

The Hardline / Re: Rehearsals on preview days
« on: Jan 13, 2020, 02:09 am »
Correct. If there is audience, esp paying audience, it is a performance.

And yes, you can have rehearsals on preview days as long as you stay within your span of day, span of week, and include your 1-1/2 hrs before half hour for each performance.

The Green Room / YSM2020 - it's the year of the stage manager
« on: Jan 13, 2020, 02:07 am »
Not sure if this is the right group so please move if necessary
ALL SMs from all fields, please join us on our new FB page celebrating 2020, The Year of the Stage Manager!

« on: Dec 25, 2019, 02:11 am »
Slightly belated, but it's caroling season ? hope it was an amazing and joyous birthday filled with many delights. We all appreciate you and all you do, from initiating this amazing site which continues to connect SMs all over the world.

Thank you ? on all of our behalf.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Props: She Loves Me
« on: Oct 31, 2019, 02:36 am »
Have you visited the BTDT (been there done that)? Someone who has done the show should be able to help answer your questions.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Difficult director
« on: Oct 05, 2019, 02:41 am »
if you can share area of the country and contract, we can send you to the right person in the right office.....

Looks like a basic sound cue to me. Same as any prerecorded music, with a speaker in the music box or very near where the music box sits. A decent sound person should be able to rig this without any problems. Easy peasy.

I am getting the script this week, but I need a score. And they didn't order one. Does anyone have a score they are willing to share? Thank you

Stage Management: Other / Re: Not allowed to use spike tape
« on: Aug 22, 2019, 02:51 am »
You might do a search, as there was a long discussion of suggestions a few years back. But one solution has been sidewalk chalk, which washes off after rehearsal. 

I haven't done it, but I've seen it. Some really great music and really fun!

I so agree with all this — and have had my share of burnout a few times. But amusingly, first time I saw the headline I thought it said "Who recognizes burnout as a medical condition?" — that is, a question as opposed to the organization WHO. Made me laugh both ways!

The Green Room / Re: Lucy Jordan Award nominations!
« on: Apr 22, 2019, 02:49 am »
Yes, kinda..... do the people include AEA members? That is a vital factor, someone who goes above and beyond for union members in particular, and not just the whole theatrical community. Does that make sense?

But we actually honored someone who did just that, along with being on the board of several theatres and insisting on finding ways to help them afford to hire union actors and stage managers.

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