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Employment / Re: COVID-19 resources
« Last post by maximillionx on Mar 26, 2020, 05:06 pm »
This is more Rhode Island-centric, but someone might be able to glean something and get an idea about what to do in their home state:
https://risca.online/coronavirus-and-the-arts-resources-and-updates/

Also, call your state and local reps! Gig workers, part-time contractors, and small businesses have a lot of resources now available for them and there's a bunch more coming.
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The Hardline / AEA members: time to vote again!
« Last post by loebtmc 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!
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Employment / Re: COVID-19 resources
« Last post by loebtmc on Mar 25, 2020, 09:42 pm »
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Employment / Re: COVID-19 resources
« Last post by Maribeth on Mar 24, 2020, 06:02 pm »
ACTORS' EQUITY LAUNCHES CURTAIN UP FUND TO GET MEMBERS ON THEIR FEET FINANCIALLY; ISSUES CHALLENGE GRANT TO THE ACTORS FUND

"Actors' Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has announced the creation of the Actors' Equity Curtain Up Fund, and issued a grant to The Actors Fund to provide emergency support for members at risk due to work cancellations resulting from COVID-19. Actors' Equity is contributing $500,000 to launch the fund and will match another $250,000 of contributions from other donors, dollar for dollar."
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Employment / COVID-19 resources
« Last post by Maribeth on Mar 22, 2020, 04:27 pm »
Starting a thread for resources available to artists, related to the COVID-19 crisis.

TheatreWashington is extending their "Taking Care of Our Own" emergency fund for theater artists to include those impacted financially by the COVID-19 health crisis. They are offering $500 grants to impacted artists- applications are available on their website. You can also donate to the fund on their webpage.

Information about applying for unemployment in DC, MD & VA.

List of resources for people in the Arts.

Remote friendly work opportunities, being continually updated.
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Uploaded Forms / Re: !! - Request Forms Here - !!
« Last post by Marcia301 on Mar 13, 2020, 04:48 pm »
Hello,

  I am looking for a Risk Assessment form.  I have found lots for crew, but I need something more directed at the performers.  Specifically dancers.
  Does anyone have anything I can look at or work off of?
Thank you for your time!
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Introductions / Re: Dance (and theatre) SM
« Last post by smejs on Mar 06, 2020, 11:23 pm »
Welcome!
Erin
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Introductions / Dance (and theatre) SM
« Last post by Marcia301 on Mar 06, 2020, 06:22 pm »
Hello,

  I am a dance SM with a strong base in theatre.  A few years ago I realized that, while I love theatre and still do work in it, dance suits me well.  I like the shorter rehearsal process for me, and learning movement-based cues.  I currently work with a company that uses live musicians for most of their shows and they have been very patient while I learn to count music.  I feel better about my counting skills because the dancers and musicians often count songs differently (ie: one group counts in fours while the other is counting in eights).

  I did a show last season where we had a mix of the live band and recorded music.  I had to run Qlab because one of the cues went from the live music to recorded on a count and it had to be timed perfectly.  I'm not saying I was nervous about it - but I most definitely sweated through my shirt every night.

  I have started bringing in young SMs to shadow me for shows to try and bring more SMs into the dance community in my city.  I am always open for a chat about Dance vs Thetare SM-ing, as the worlds are very different, and I am happy to share what I have learned.
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The Hardline / Re: AEA "guidelines"
« Last post by smejs on Mar 05, 2020, 03:33 pm »
Well then you get into that fun world where one person needs to follow the rules, but the others could break/bend them. I did a My Fair Lady where the only Equity were myself as SM and the Henry Higgins. When we held dance rehearsals, I became the only Equity person in the room. I did bend slightly, going beyond our 10pm cut off while they finished running a song with 90 seconds left or whatever. The artistic director who was observing raised his eyebrow at me, and I said I knew that it would be better for everyone if I let it go. But that was only affecting me (and frankly my rapport with the director at the time). You could also be scheduling incorrect Equity breaks for the others in the cast, but making sure that one person gets theirs, if that's what the producer means. But really, the Equity person's schedule should be done by the book. Have I had other producers try to stretch the rules? Sure. They shouldn't, though.
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The Hardline / Re: AEA "guidelines"
« Last post by mizi5620 on Mar 05, 2020, 02:32 pm »
To clarify:


I am not an AEA stage manager but I am working under an equity contract at an equity company. We have one actor who is equity.
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