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Tools of the Trade / iPad Pro for Blocking?
« Last post by amberklew on Dec 07, 2017, 06:51 pm »
I am interested in investing in an iPad Pro after seeing how great the new apple stylus works for note taking and sketching. Has anyone tried using one to take blocking? If so, are there specific apps you used and liked? Is the technology even ready for something like this yet?
Introductions / Re: From Thespian to SM
« Last post by Maribeth on Dec 05, 2017, 09:00 pm »
Welcome aboard!
Introductions / Re: From Thespian to SM
« Last post by PSMKay on Dec 05, 2017, 01:39 am »
Welcome, roarie! I like the arms-up trick!
Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Rehearsal Report Format
« Last post by MadisonSchultes on Dec 04, 2017, 10:38 am »
I know I personally use #2 & #3 in emails. I have worked with people who don't usually open PDF documents on their emails. I've also worked with people who require PDF documents so they can print them off. I agree with the above, I wouldn't send an editable version, because you send out your report, nothing should change.
Introductions / From Thespian to SM
« Last post by roarie on Dec 02, 2017, 01:18 am »
Hello! I started out stage managing in my local community college just last year (2016) when our former SM moved to a different state. I've loved it ever since and have SM'd two more shows with them, with the recent one being The Matchmaker. I hope to one day do this as a career. But with no money for school and still learning to cope with my severe anxiety, I'll learn as much as I can by reading all I can about stage managing.

*My little SM trick* I'm not one to scream/raise my voice to get my cast's attention. I'm also quite short, so that makes it more difficult.  What I do, which has been effective, is raise both my arms and wait for everyone else to mimic me.

Looking forward to learning and sharing with you all!

-R.A. ^_^
Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Rehearsal Report Format
« Last post by loebtmc on Nov 30, 2017, 11:48 pm »
The latter two of these get used in most often. I use what the producer wants. Many want the report both in pdf form and copied into the body of the email.

However, I have never sent an editable version because my reports are not something that should be changed by anyone else.
Students and Novice Stage Managers / Rehearsal Report Format
« Last post by arnicholson on Nov 30, 2017, 11:33 pm »
Hello All,

So I am wondering what format is best for the rehearsal report. I have done it a few ways in that past but wanted to get a sense of what way others have found best.

1: Attaching an edible work or excel doc for production staff to send back w/ notes if need be
2: Attaching a pdf
3: Inserting the report into the body of the email

Tools of the Trade / Re: Smart Watches
« Last post by MadisonSchultes on Nov 27, 2017, 07:49 pm »
I've been using them in my rehearsal process for about a year now. They are amazingly helpful with reminding me when it's time for a break. They are also very useful when I have to give my calls to actors during performances: I just set an alarm on my watch for when I need to give a call and I haven't missed one yet.
Introductions / Re: New Beginnings for this Young SM
« Last post by Maribeth on Nov 20, 2017, 06:05 pm »
Welcome aboard!
Introductions / New Beginnings for this Young SM
« Last post by lexicamille on Nov 20, 2017, 05:51 pm »
Hello all! My name is Alexandra and I am currently a stage management student at Trinity University in San Antonio! I've been interested in stage management for a while--I "worked" my first show in middle school and I've been hooked ever since. Fun fact from me: I had my first internship the summer before my senior year of high school; I was a production intern at the Houston Ballet, and I got the chance to assistant stage manager the Nutcracker that Christmas. I'll be production stage managing my first college show in the spring, and I'm extremely excited! Anyway, I'm very happy to have found this forum.
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