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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Matilda The Musical
« on: Sep 04, 2019, 10:10 am »
Thanks, RuthNY.  Will take this advice to my group.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / SHOWS: Matilda The Musical
« on: Sep 02, 2019, 01:08 pm »
Hello SM friends,

Has anyone done Matilda the Musical? Went to BTDT but Matilda didn't show up in the search.  Wondering if the magic chalk board scene really can be accomplished with a large piece of chalk with a metal insert and a magnet on the back of the board? The chalk has to write a few sentances that the audience needs to be able to see.  (I'd prefer video image of this myself.) I'm helping with some advice on the show.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

Job Postings / Executive Director
« on: Nov 18, 2017, 01:38 pm »
The Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority located in Newton, NC, is seeking an Executive Director to manage its auditorium, gallery and NewArt School.  The venue operates as a non-profit 501-C-3 and is governed by a Board of Directors. It is not only a rental facility to the community and local school districts, but produces and co-produces programming for youth and adults.  It is home to the NewArt School which currently offers music lessons, voice lessons, master classes and pottery.  The gallery is used to host events as well as exhibits of established and up-and-coming artists.

Please visit our website for mission statement, history and more. www.

Please read the following job duties and qualifications.  Cover letter and resume may be emailed to:  No phone calls please. Please do not contact me by PM through smnetwork. No relocation reimbursements. Job opening closes December 03, 2017.

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.


1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization mission.
•    Responsible for leading the Newton-Conover Auditorium in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
•   Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
•    Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Newton-Conover Auditorium to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
•   Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
•   Responsible for fundraising, grant applications and developing other resources necessary to support the Newton=Conover Auditorium’s mission.
3) Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
•   Responsible for implementation of Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
•   Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Newton-Conover Auditorium can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
•   Responsible for the enhancement of Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
4) Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
•    Responsible effective administration of Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority operations.
•   Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
•    Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
Professional Qualifications:
•   A bachelor’s degree, Master’s or Master in Fine Arts in the following disciplines: Theatre, theatre administration, non-profit business administration or a similar field
•   Transparent and high integrity leadership
•   Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
•   Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting. Proficient knowledge in QuickBooks accounting program(s)
•   Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
•   Ability to convey a vision of the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
•   Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
•   Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
•   Strong written and oral communication skills
•   Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
•   Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
•   Strong public speaking ability
Actual Job Responsibilities:
1.    Planning and operation of annual budget.
2.    Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
3.    Serving as Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
4.    Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations locally and throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority’s Mission.
5.    Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization throughout the local community and State.
6.    Supervise, collaborate with and organization of staff.
7.    Strategic planning and implementation.
8.    Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
9.    Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
10.    Implement rental contracts and follow through on client and self-produced events.
11.    Review and approve contracts for services.
12.   Supervise high profile and other events.
13.    Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
$36,000 to $40,000 per year commensurate with experience. No benefits package. No calls, please.  Email cover letter and resume to  Job opening closes December 03, 2017.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Collage Auditions
« on: Feb 14, 2017, 08:48 am »
Check with the theatre program/department at the colleges. Ask them what they require for non-acting auditions.

The Hardline / Re: Name change?
« on: Oct 06, 2016, 10:28 am »
I had my card before I got married and did not change my AEA name.


You did the right thing.  You were honest.  Companies that don't offer pay shouldn't be offended if  someone is waiting to hear from other companies and ask for a 2 week waiting period. (They can "hire" someone else if they need to fill the position right away.) It's better not to leave in the middle of a job (other than emergencies).

Is this a paid internship?

Employment / Re: Negotiating Rates
« on: Mar 31, 2016, 09:45 am »
Are these companies you have relationships with already?

My experience with negotiating a higher rate has come after working once or twice for a company at the rate or fee they have set. (If it's not the rate/fee I'm willing to work for, I turn them down or don't even apply.)  Once we have worked with each other, if they aren't willing to give me a "raise" (should I feel the compensation is low for the work load), I move on.  On occasion, the companies have used someone else (when they didn't want to pay me more) and after that experience, have called and asked if I'll do the next show with the increase.  That is not always the case, however.

I like to keep a CD version of sound cues and show music to go to just in case in the scenario you mentioned happens. 

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Rehearsal Reports
« on: Oct 19, 2015, 02:25 pm »
I ask SM's to write to me (as PM and sometimes Designer) as if I wasn't at the rehearsal (which I'm not on a nightly basis)--don't assume I know what you're writing about.  " The character Jessica needs a brown purse" --how large, small? Does she take anything out of it and what? Short strap or shoulder strap? What Act/scene does she need it? and so on.  Just those descriptions would give me a sense of what to get/build.

We did this show a few years back.  I recall that we painted the rug on the floor--easy clean up with a sweep and mop after each performance.  I believe we avoided soiling the furniture by aiming away from it.  If I remember correctly, we also upholstered in white pleather--again, easier clean up than fabric.

The Hardline / Re: Doing Non-Equity Work While Being Equity
« on: Sep 12, 2015, 03:37 pm »
I filled in between my AEA SM jobs with non-stage managing theatre work  i.e. electrician, carpenter, scenic painter. (These were non-IATSE houses and it was prior to getting my IA card.) AEA has been there for me and I will continue to support it by not doing non-union stage managing.   

PSMKay's words below are spot on:

If a producer can have your proven union-caliber professional talent at cut rates and without all the hassle, paperwork and liability of being an AEA shop, then what incentive do they have to switch over to equity contracts at all? How can AEA grow as a presence in the theatre industry if its members are deliberately undermining its power to negotiate?

The Green Room / Re: Patrons behaving badly
« on: Jul 10, 2015, 03:57 pm »
I did a production of Smell of the Kill in an intimate black box theatre (60 or so seats).  An audience member entered late, walked up to the cast and asked where to sit.  One of the actresses told her (nicely) and the show continued.

A stage manager is a leader and servant-leader. SM's are great team-players. Some skills that come to mind are organization, excellent communication skills and meeting deadlines (curtain's at 8 people, no if's and's or but's). SM's are great motivators, listeners and problem solvers.

These are the points I would put in my cover letter; explain what skills I have developed and use before an employer reads "stage manager" on my resume and doesn't know what that entails.

Get better soon, Matthew.

In addition to the posted information, I have a pre/intermission/post checklist that I have with the calling script.  It's not only my guide to keep me on task at each performance but is someone else's go-to checklist to make sure nothing gets overlooked (prop check and presets, costume presets, dimmer check, sound check, com check, calls to cast, etc, etc.).

I have had to call shows from another SM's book.  On a few occasions, the books were not clear and made for an extra nerve-wracking show.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Stockton, California !
« on: Mar 10, 2015, 10:08 am »
Welcome.  I'm a native Californian who moved to North Carolina. I am very familiar with Stockton.
 I've always relied on a pencil (really, pencils), having begun my SM career before the days of personal computers or laptops (or tablets).  That's not to say that I don't use technology  (making out my report so it's ready to send at the end of rehearsal) and for other tasks.
It's great that you have a good SM example to work with and learn from. This site is also very valuable for information, advice, forms and more.

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