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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: reporting incidents
« Last post by RuthNY on Jun 28, 2019, 08:21 am »
The only additional thing I would do is send a private email to "the powers that be," with a fuller explanation.


Tonight our PA had a minor medical issue that required sending him home and having someone who knew the show take his place. He has a small speaking part as well as run crew duties in the show. I felt unsure how to note this in my report tonight so I didn't divulge any sensitive information or alarm anyone. I ended up reporting it like I would an understudy stepping in by simply saying that X person went on for Y person tonight.

Curious if this is how others would do this or if you have any other insight into this.
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / reporting incidents
« Last post by mizi5620 on Jun 23, 2019, 02:05 am »
Tonight our PA had a minor medical issue that required sending him home and having someone who knew the show take his place. He has a small speaking part as well as run crew duties in the show. I felt unsure how to note this in my report tonight so I didn't divulge any sensitive information or alarm anyone. I ended up reporting it like I would an understudy stepping in by simply saying that X person went on for Y person tonight.

Curious if this is how others would do this or if you have any other insight into this.
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Line notes during performances
« Last post by VSM on Jun 15, 2019, 12:37 pm »
If the actor repeats the "flub" I give the note.
So no, not after every show - after a repeated mistake and not just a brain fart
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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Line notes during performances
« Last post by mizi5620 on Jun 15, 2019, 02:53 am »
Do you send out line notes after every performance? I send them out after every performance but I'm not sure if this i totally necessary or not.
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The Hardline / Re: Malcolm Ewen
« Last post by VSM on Jun 09, 2019, 12:00 pm »
He will be missed...
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The Hardline / Re: Malcolm Ewen
« Last post by RuthNY on Jun 09, 2019, 09:47 am »
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Employment / Have you worked as a PA in a bway show? May I pick your brain?
« Last post by CARo on Jun 07, 2019, 12:09 pm »
Hello,

I have heard for years about exploring this route and I am now at a place when I have the time to pursuit it. I have a lot of info but I would love to hear from someone who has gone through the process.

Could I PM you and pick your brain and get a bit of advice?   :D

THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!
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The Green Room / Re: ARTICLE: WHO recognizes burnout as a medical condition
« Last post by loebtmc on Jun 06, 2019, 03:51 pm »
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!
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Agree so much about the feeling alone and not able to talk about things: it can become a bad cycle of "This is bad, well fix it, wait, this is bad, well fix it," on and on with no apparent escape. Your many hats sound earily familiar, though fortunatley someone else handles the build and lighting around here. Props, on the other hand, has kept me quite busy, which is part of the extra help we're looking to ad hoc hire in the new season.
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The article in question is called "High Achiever Burnout." While the whole thing (a short page skim) is worth a read, the part that really grabbed my attention was in the first 2 paragraphs:

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Essentially they expand the scope of their job by assuming others’ responsibilities. In the short run this isn’t a problem. Their intent and resulting outcome is good. However, it’s rarely a one-off situation. It can easily become a habit and create what we call the “stage manager” syndrome—when things are going well no one notices your contributions, but when things aren’t, you end up holding the bag.

Coming from my background in low/no budget small regional theatre....I was jumping from tech to opening to tech for a while).

Wise realizations Michelle! It sneaks up on you. It sounds like you have a good support system, but remember to support yourself too. We all want to make the most happen with the least resources and that certainly is our employer's standpoint too (best productivity for least pay...I know that sounds evil, but it's business!). Keep in mind your personal equations: What makes you able to work? Do you have time to be healthy? Do you have time to recharge? Do you have time to be with loved ones? But OOOooooo you're giving me some flashbacks.

Last year, the theatre I worked at folded. I served as that PM, SM, ME, Designer, IT fella, do-it-all person and was - unbeknownst to me DURING it - burning out fast and unhappy. I have spent the last year, refocusing and re prioritizing myself in different ways (different job [i.e. teaching], taking classes, doing the jobs that I want, seeing my spouse and family and friends).

When you burn out, it takes time to heal. It's not just exhaustion, but the mental damage it and you do to yourself. (I'm not good enough, what's the point, this doesn't matter, etc...)

Also, the research I referenced:
https://hbr.org/2014/06/your-work-life-balance-should-be-your-companys-problem
https://hbr.org/2016/11/beating-burnout
https://www.jstor.org/stable/25780982
https://www.jstor.org/stable/1500970

And if anyone needs to talk about burnout and frustrations with work, do it....you'll feel so much better! I felt so alone until I did (which is probably why I'm word-vomiting all over this post lol)
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