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Self-Promotion / Hugo Boss at 4 WTC
« on: Sep 12, 2014, 09:58 pm »
I just completed the latest New York Fashion Week.  I did a bunch of fun shows but the highlight was definitely Hugo Boss at 4 WTC.  The view was more than amazing, the building team is awesome and I got the best swag. 

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Outdoor Theatre
« on: Jul 01, 2014, 05:04 pm »
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Have an exit strategy. 

Introductions / Re: New member from Singapore (:
« on: Jun 28, 2014, 10:14 am »
Hi Vivi.  Glad you introduced yourself.  Welcome to the forum.  Hope you are doing well since SMTP.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Ergonomics and the Tech Table
« on: Jun 19, 2014, 09:54 pm »
It stands to reason that if the folks down there can reproduce complex choreography on raked stages while singing and (usually) hitting their marks, then an SM can call a show while walking at a consistent pace.

Even without being a klutz, and I think for really musical calls, I would have a hard tine walking NOT to the beat of the song.

The Green Room / Re: Front End Stage Managing
« on: Jan 24, 2014, 03:56 pm »
I know that Cirque and Dragone tend to run that way normally.  (The House of Dancing Water was a notable exception).

The reasoning behind it are:
1- Creating a show is harder, more complicated and therefore more expensive.
2- The best person to run a department and a long-running show is NOT always the best person to technically put such a show together.

I worked on a show using the UK system of SM->DSM->ASMs (I was the SM). (7 people total)

The DSM and one of the ASMs were on show call rotation.  I and another ASM were on deck SM rotation.  Other ASMs would run backstage ASM tracks on a rotating basis.

My admin SM duties were fairly intense in terms of scheduling, meetings, ongoing production updates/rehearsals/cast changes, etc.  I handled payroll reports/time sheets for the SM team and cast (large cast including swings/covers etc all receiving cover pay AND people on reduced tracks).  I would try to take 1 day per week on desk duty (usually a 2 show day). 

My backstage track involved:

-Checking with all departments, confirming preset and opening the house
-Being the "eyes" on deck for scene shifts, automation, acrobatics, etc. 
-Calling clears and cues as necessary (calling "offstage" cues like moves to presets for scenery and aerial acts)
-Most importantly- serving as the primary point of contact in case of ANY emergency (show stop or no show stop)

At times it does feel like a glorified ASM track with very little to do.  Until something big happens and then I am really glad to be there and be available and ready to step in and deal with a situation.

LizzG, I was just going to pipe in about this.  Glad you did!

The Hardline / Re: AEA: reading grumble
« on: Jan 06, 2014, 04:15 am »
Adding to the rant:

Yes that pay is terrible.  And about the same as what you'd earn in a month of showcase code.   What's the point in turning down non-union work if the union work doesn't pay a decent wage?  (Even some Off-Broadway contracts pay less than unemployment)

Stage Management: Other / Re: Working with enormous casts
« on: Dec 27, 2013, 04:02 pm »
Delegate, delegate, delegate

Appoint (if not already appointed) leaders in each group that are responsible for communicate within that group in terms of schedule/attendance/maintenance/etc.

Have detailed meetings with your team at the end and beginning of each day.

« on: Dec 22, 2013, 08:02 pm »

The Hardline / Re: How did you get your card?
« on: Dec 02, 2013, 10:51 am »
I got my AEA card the summer of 2001 when I took a season contract as PSM for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.
I got my AGMA card when I worked at the Joffrey Ballet starting in 2007.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Ergonomics and the Tech Table
« on: Nov 23, 2013, 12:06 am »
I find that my posture is better if I stand more.  I ran my last tech standing at the tech table.

Not an answer to the challenge, but a response to the link.  Holy sh.t  Never had that nightmare before.  Now, I probably will.

Scary stuff.  I have a couple of friends working on that show, luckily they are ok.

I believe 17 weeks is also the average length of summer stock seasons.  That might be also skewing the stats due to people that work at universities during the school year and then take a summer stock season each year.

(On a side note, when Equity changed its insurance week requirements, the qualification number hovers just above the average number of weeks worked..)

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