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Would I be correct in assuming that you're doing this show in an academic setting?

Oh no. This is an AEA approved showcase performance. 


I wanted to get people's opinion on this because I can't decide if I'm justified in being upset.

I'm doing a showcase and our show shares a small rehearsal room with another show. There is no storage for props but every day I pack up our props in bags and neatly leave them out of the way.

Recently I find out that the other show has been using a few of our props without asking or even informing me. The props are bedclothes & pillows and so aren't  breakable but are fabric and could be stained or ripped.

I'm just a bit befuddled. As  stage manager would you ever borrow another show's props without permission?

I should add that the point is a bit moot since we are moving into the theatre and no longer sharing the space. I also gently expressed to the other SM that I wished she had asked me first before borrowing.

Edit added tag to subject line-Rebbe

This is interesting.  Many times I send out pdf files to ensure they are not edited after I send them out.  This totally changes that. I'm not sure how I would feel if someone took a file I had purposely made into a pdf and changed it into a file that could be edited- it seems very sneaky.

Just as you I would not turn down an opportunity at Broadway but that is not the goal I have in mind.

I like the atmosphere of working in a regional theatre and working with a company.  I don't feel that everyone should or needs to aim for Broadway.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Wave - SMNetwork Sandbox
« on: Dec 11, 2009, 07:33 pm »
I have a lot of invitations if anyone still needs them

email me at theatreannie at

College and Graduate Studies / Re: Transferring?
« on: Dec 04, 2009, 09:59 pm »
If you want information on Rutgers just send a message.  I am an MFA there.

Every undergrad has a show assignment every semester as either an ASM/PA on the mainstage or as a SM/ASM in the blackbox theatre.  Sometimes you can get two assignments in a semester, for better or worse.

We take transfers but you may have to take a bit more time to graduate depending on what credits transfer

The Green Room / Re: Holiday countdown!
« on: Dec 03, 2009, 10:38 pm »
0% holiday shopping done
12 days until tech of Hamletmachine at ART Institute
14 days until opening
16 days until closing
17 days until I go back to Jersey
20 days until I go visit Alabama
32 days until the next first rehearsal, Triumph of Love at Rutgers

My gut reaction is that it would make me feel a bit uncomfortable, even though I never put anything in a report that couldn't be shared. 

Employment / Resume- seperating NY shows
« on: Oct 19, 2009, 04:36 pm »
In the last months I've started getting stage management work in New York.  Right now I have 4 show credits in NY and may be getting another 2 soon.

How valuable is it to separate and note stage management jobs in NY?

Right now I have my Stage Manager credits and then my ASM credits followed by Additional experience. 

If you have any questions about Rutgers I can answer pretty much all of them.  Send me a private message.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Google Wave - SMNetwork Sandbox
« on: Oct 14, 2009, 04:03 pm »
I'd like to try it out also

--invite sent!--

The Hardline / Re: TDF Membership
« on: Sep 17, 2009, 03:01 pm »
This is the article I saw from Stage Directions:

TDF Offers Discount on New Memberships      
Written by Jacob Coakley
Sep 10, 2009

NEW YORK—In celebration of the new theatre season and the fact that September has been named “Back2Broadway Month” by The Broadway League, TDF is offering a special discount for new TDF members. Any eligible theatre lovers who join TDF from now through September 30 will receive $5 off their first year’s annual fee.  Usually the annual fee to join TDF member is $30, but that fee will be reduced to $25 for the remainder of the month.

TDF members enjoy access to hundreds of Broadway, Off Broadway, music and dance productions each year for only $20 to $37 a ticket. More than 80,000 individuals who have increased their attendance to the performing arts with the affordable tickets made available to them as TDF members.

To be eligible to join TDF, you must belong to one of the following groups: full-time students, full-time teachers, union members, retirees, civil service employees, staff members of not-for-profit organizations, performing arts professionals, members of the armed forces or clergy.

The Hardline / TDF Membership
« on: Sep 17, 2009, 12:44 pm »
Hello all-

Is anyone a TDF member? Would you suggest becoming a member?

They are discounting memberships a bit and it made me consider whether it would be a good thing to join.  It doesn't seem to expensive, only $25 a year. 

Employment / Re: Child Wrangling
« on: Sep 17, 2009, 11:49 am »
This is off

--Signature Theatre Company, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theatres, is looking for a Production Assistant/Child Wrangler for its upcoming production of Horton Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle. Production Assistant reports directly to the Production Stage Manager. The position provides a focus on stage management for the non-profit theatre. Responsibilities include:

You can find the rest under Job Listings

Tools of the Trade / Re: New Flexbinder
« on: Aug 05, 2009, 10:28 pm »
I found one of these when cleaning up a rehearsal hall.  It's pretty great, though I did have to replace the plastic rings after a while, but it still works quite well.

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