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I'm in school full-time and in the middle of final exams and also in the middle of tech week.  I just wanted to see how other students felt during this crazy time of year!

College and Graduate Studies / Yale.
« on: Feb 26, 2007, 02:34 pm »
Ok so... my advisor is really really pushing me to apply to Yale for their MFA in Stage Management program.  She says that I have more than a chance to get in...and although I'm not really that confident, it has peaked my interest quite a bit.  I've been looking at U/RTA schools more than anything else; however... does anyone know anything about the Yale School of Drama/MFA program in Stage Management besides the information they provide online or in their mailings?  I'm sick of reading all of this stuff that every college says in every bulletin or brochure about their program.. I'm really interested in some real facts and/or thoughts about their program.  Some people (here at least) have a running joke about "Yale-ies" and how the people there are extremely snobby and blah de blah blah.. so I'd just really like to see what everyone thinks.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / The Ultimate Decision
« on: Jul 01, 2006, 07:57 pm »
After looking through the forums lately, it's so interesting to see how many people (with all different types of backgrounds and environments) are interested in Theatre, especially Stage Management.

I'd just like to know how everyone made the ultimate decision to become a stage manager.  Was it by choice, or did it just fall into your lap? I'd especially like to know how the student/novice stage managers got into Stage Managing, but I'd love to hear everyone's experiences.  :D

I'll tell you my personal experience to get things started.  My high school was brand new my freshman year, and I had played softball all my life and thought I was just going to continue that.  I then saw an audition poster for Sleeping Beauty, the first show that my school was putting on.  I decided to audition, and didn't get in.  However, I was in a drama class and my teacher came up to me and asked me had I ever stage managed.  I didn't even know what a stage manager was, so obviously I hadn't.  I agreed to Stage Mange that show and fell in love with it, and stage managed every show at my high school all four years that I attended.  Now here I am 7 years later, and have gone on to bigger and better things without stopping!  It definitely fell into my lap, and I just realized that it was fate and it was what I was put on this Earth to do.  I guess when you know what you want to do, you just feel it and it all falls into place!

Hello all,

I just wanted to formally introduce myself!  My name is Casey and I am the moderator for this forum regarding students/novice Stage Managers.

It would be great if everyone could introduce themselves, and maybe where they go to school and how long they have been Stage Managing.  SMing is all about connections and resources, and I think that we should use that to our full advantage by getting to know one another and learning about the different approaches and styles that everyone uses.  I can't wait to learn more about each of you!

About Me
First of all, to give you a little information about myself.  I am a student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington receiving my BA in Theatre and Spanish.  I have done a wide variety of shows for my university, but I also work downtown.  We have over 12 miscellaneous theatre companies in Wilmington which is wonderful!  I mainly work for the Thalian Association.  My last show was Footloose which was so much fun and I learned so much.  After I graduate in December I plan to go to graduate school to get my MFA, or either plan to take an internship somewhere to gain more experience.

Why this forum?
Being a student myself, I am so happy to be moderating this forum because I can relate.  I also think that this forum is the foundation for the others, since all Stage Managers start out as either students or novices.  With time and practice, students and novices then become the professionals. Therefore, this forum is designed for the ones who are still learning so much about the craft!

A few last things..

First of all, everyone please keep the posts clean and on topic.  As you can see, many other forums have been added, so please make sure tht you look at each one before deciding to post your topic.  Although it could hold relevance in more than one forum, please make sure that you post in the most appropriate place. 

Also, if you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to PM or email me.  I'll be glad to help you.

Finally, I will be adding some things to this forum, like polls and other exciting links/resources for student Stage Managers, so stay tuned for more great things!




Edit: stickied! -PSMK

EDIT (10/23/2007): KC's been gone from the boards for a while so I'm stepping in as moderator for the foreseeable future.  -PSMKay

College and Graduate Studies / Anyone been to U/RTA's?
« on: Apr 15, 2006, 05:26 pm »
I was just curious as to if anyone here has been to U/RTA's and what their audition/interviews were like?  I know you have to show your portfolio and then the schools decide if they want to interview you, and I've been on the U/RTA website to get information, but just wanted to get an insider look at the process to see what I need to start preparing.  I have friends who have gone for Scene Design and Costume Design, but I would like to get information from a Stage Management point of view.  Also, if you were accepted to an U/RTA school, what do you think helped you to get in?  Any information that would help me out I would greatly appreciate.  Thanks!

I'm really lucky because I'm pretty much the only SM at my University, so I really get the experience on a variety of shows.  I just took on Footloose for a  huge theatre company here in town (where the house the touring Broadway shows, etc.), and this is the first shows that I have actually been scared to call.  We are working a fly system where there will be 1-2 drops flown in during each scene, and the director is looking for about 500+ lighting cues, a lot of them overlapping/right behind each other.   I work the Warning, Stand By, Go procedure for cues, and also use different color glow dots to represent each cue and each area (lights, sound, backdrops).  I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions about calling all of these cues right behind the next, and what works well for everyone else?  This is a show that could make me or a break me for this company, and I really don't want to screw anything up, so any advice would be great!  Thanks =)

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