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I have been hired to SM online events using Streamyard. There has also been a technician hired to run the actual tech. Has anyone worked on an online event with a technician? How did you do that? How did you go about a clear com and what was your role. The event will only have two people on it so it would have been easy for me to just run the tech so I am unsure what my role should look like now. Any advice would be very helpful

Edited to add topic tag - Maribeth

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The Hardline / Re: AEA "guidelines"
« on: Mar 05, 2020, 02:32 pm »
To clarify:


I am not an AEA stage manager but I am working under an equity contract at an equity company. We have one actor who is equity.

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The Hardline / AEA "guidelines"
« on: Mar 03, 2020, 04:32 pm »
I recently had a producer tell me that the equity rulebook are guidelines to follow as closely as possible but to be flexible if there are times when we really cant follow a rule. The conversation was related to scheduling where we are having a hard time working with actor/director/space availability while adhering to some of the AEA rules. I have heard from other SMs and have always worked off the idea that the AEA rules are rules that cannot be broken without actor approval in writing. I am not an AEA stage manager but often work at AEA companies.

Where on the guidelines vs. hard rules debate do you land?
If you do have to break an equity rule how do you go about that?

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Employment / Needing a cover for 2 shows
« on: Mar 01, 2020, 03:55 pm »
I just found out that my sister's graduation is on a two show day for a contact I am already on. We are a couple of months out from the show dates. I have never had to find a cover for shows and I want to ask the producers if I can hire a cover for the two shows. Have any of you done that before? How did you go about that? I was thinking about proposing that I would find and hire a replacement, have them shadow one or two shows and then run one or two shows with me watching before having them take over for two shows. I would also propose that I would directly pay the person out of my paycheck for that week so the producers don;t have to do anything.

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Employment / branching into props
« on: Feb 18, 2020, 08:38 pm »
I have been stage managing professionally for a few years and find that while I love SMing I also want to have opportunities to explore other areas of theater. I am particularly interested in props design. I never worked on props in school or professionally so I'm not sure how to break in to that or how to frame a resume/cover letter to get a props gig. I can sew very well and took costume crafts classes in school. I also do a lot of repairs and crafts in my personal life so I am good at building with various materials.

Any advice?

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The Hardline / AEA handbook SPT new rule book
« on: Jan 10, 2020, 04:47 pm »
Could someone email me the new SPT rule book that started in 2019?

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The Hardline / Rehearsals on preview days
« on: Jan 09, 2020, 04:01 pm »
We are on an SPT 4 contract I am unclear if previews count as rehearsals or performances

I know that on one performance days you can schedule a 5 hour rehearsal if there is a 2 hour break before curtain but is that rule true for a preview or could I schedule a rehearsal to go from 5-10 with a preview at 7:30 as long as I give the actors a half hour?

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / VENUES: rehearsal spaces
« on: Nov 07, 2019, 03:05 pm »
Hello
   We are having a hard time securing a rehearsal space for a non profit company. What are your creative ideas for types of places to try?

Edited to add topic tag - Maribeth

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Difficult director
« on: Oct 03, 2019, 01:45 am »
its a union company

At this point I have had an actor and a designer come to me with complaints about the directors behavior. Both related to feeling like they werent being heard and that they were being punished when they brought up concerns or questions. I have tried to talk to the director about this and their response was that the two people who complained are making things up and that the rehearsal room is "perfect." I see her shutting people down and not listening and think these complaints are very real.

In terms of telling her how we do things it's in response to requests that are either unsafe or violate our policies never about designer or direction.



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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / PEOPLE: Difficult director
« on: Sep 30, 2019, 08:02 pm »
I am working with a director who is very micromanaging and often changes her mind in the moment to do something different then we had discussed. She interrupts me and my team, designers and cast members frequently. I am feeling very undermined in my ability to do my job and help others do theirs because of the my way is best attitude. This director is new to directing and often doesn't know how things are normally done. When I try to tell her how I and the company do things she gets angry and says she feels like she is being questioned by me and the company but she tends to undermine me in front of the entire team. Does anyone have any advice with how to deal with this situation.

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

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Stage Management: Other / Not allowed to use spike tape
« on: Aug 21, 2019, 12:25 pm »
We are rehearsing in a space that will not allow us to leave down spike tape. It is a shared space so we cant leave out anything between rehearsals.  I just need to mark walls, 2 doors and chair placement (the chairs move).

Anyone have any creative ideas for how to mark our set without using spike tape that is easy to recreate each day?

Thanks!

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Employment / Re: resume format
« on: Jul 18, 2019, 05:00 pm »
I've always heard that one page resumes are standard but the more shows I work on the harder it is to keep my resume to one page (even when I am only listing selected productions). Do you all agree that resumes should be one page or is your resume 2 page?

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Tonight our PA had a minor medical issue that required sending him home and having someone who knew the show take his place. He has a small speaking part as well as run crew duties in the show. I felt unsure how to note this in my report tonight so I didn't divulge any sensitive information or alarm anyone. I ended up reporting it like I would an understudy stepping in by simply saying that X person went on for Y person tonight.

Curious if this is how others would do this or if you have any other insight into this.

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

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Do you send out line notes after every performance? I send them out after every performance but I'm not sure if this i totally necessary or not.

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

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Employment / Re: resume format
« on: Apr 22, 2019, 02:05 pm »
I was recently brought on as the Production Stage Manager and Associate Producer for a theater company. Previously my resume consisted entirely of individual productions.

Any suggestions on how to format/list this position on my resume?

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