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I am conducting a survey of the techniques that stage managers use to call shows.  Advances in lighting, sound, and motion control have changed the way that shows are operated -- how have these advances changed the way that shows are called?  This survey will also help identify innovations in creating calling scripts and communicating the individual cues.

http://www.hostedsurvey.com/takesurvey.asp?c=SMCalling

This online survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
There are also opportunities to provide feedback on any of the major questions. 

Anyone who has stage managed at least 1 theatre production in the United States (or a tour that originates in the US) is encouraged to participate.  There are questions for both AEA veterans and new students of stage management.  Once the statistics have been gathered, I plan to open the discussions to stage managers outside of the US and those that work exclusively in dance, opera, and/or special events.  The only reason for limiting the survey to stage management of American theatre is to generate statistics based more from participants' experiences and years in this particular field than from the different calling styles and traditions from other countries or performing art forms.

If you find the survey useful, please forward this invitation to your colleagues.

Thank you very much,
David McGraw
Production Stage Manager
Theatre Arts Department
University of Iowa

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196 Stage Managers have answered these questions. Will you?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 27, 2006, 09:30 am »
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the online survey of calling techniques (see the November 12th posting on this Green Room board).  I was hoping for at least 100 responses to generate reliable statistics, but to have 196 responses in just two weeks has been amazing.  My goal is to publish the survey results in January.  Some of the raw data is very interesting (11% of the participants have never used cue lights... saying "Lights" is 4 times more popular than "Electrics" when calling lighting cues, etc.).  I will also cross-reference responses to see if there are trends based on years of experience, AEA or non-union, primarily musical theatre, etc. 

If you have not yet participated in the survey, please make your voice heard!  Most participants have spent about 20 minutes answering multiple choice questions about calling scripts and techniques for communicating cues.  There are areas to provide feedback on questions such as whether you allow your crew members to take some of the cues on their own.  The survey is open to anyone who has stage managed at least 1 theatre production in the United States (or a tour that originates in the US).

http://www.hostedsurvey.com/takesurvey.asp?c=SMCalling


Thank you very much,
David McGraw
Production Stage Manager
Theatre Arts Department
University of Iowa

EDIT: The survey expired on December 2.  Lockin' the thread! --PSMK
« Last Edit: Mar 05, 2007, 02:52 pm by David_McGraw »
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Re: 196 Stage Managers have answered these questions. Will you?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 27, 2006, 01:54 pm »
Your green room moderator here -
Just wanted to put in an endorsement for David's survey.
Very much looking forward to seeing the results... 

~nmno




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