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The Green Room / Birth Order
« on: Jun 05, 2016, 05:32 pm »
From a conversation in my green room... I feel like this has been done before, but I couldn't find it. 

The Hardline / AEA vs CAEA
« on: Jan 03, 2013, 01:20 pm »
Due to cross-border union politics I am in an interesting situation where at my resident theater (usually a AEA LORT contract), I am having to join CAEA (ITA Contract) for one show that is coming in. The two contracts are close but have some subtle differences.  I love that CAEA spells out SM hours much more than AEA does.  It is also interesting to meld CAEA into an US structure.  Much different than say, me traveling to Canada for a job.  And people keep telling me I should take advantage of going to the chiropractor.  (Love the different health rules.)

Has anybody else done this?  In either direction?  Were there rules that caught you off guard?

Employment / Job Applying Words of Wisdom to College Graduates
« on: Mar 16, 2012, 11:59 am »
(This is in response to going through my SM Intern applicants for a LORT theater)

For all of you getting ready to graduate from college, a few words of wisdom on applying for jobs. 

First of all, in this tough job market, please help me help you get a job.  I want to have the problem of having too many good candidates.  I want to get past your resume and talk to you in person. There is more to your resume than just your 20 shows that you have managed to work on in college.

Double check, double check, double check.  If you are applying to Theater A, it doesn't look good when half way through your cover letter you say something like "I really think I would be a great asset to Theater B".  We all know that everybody is applying for many jobs at once, but as a stage management candidate, it says to me you are not paying attention to details.  Also, take a moment to print out your resume to proof.  You might be surprised at the number of errors you catch having it physically in front of you.  Just because you e-mail it, doesn't mean the person on the other end isn't going to print it.

Please read and re-read the job notice carefully.  If the dates listed are September to May, please don't apply for a summer internship.  If it asks for references vs letter of recommendation, please send the appropriate piece of information.  Please apply to the correct person.

Please make sure if you use a template, you have replaced all the appropriate information with your information. In this day and age of the internet, there are many great resume examples out there and templates to choose from if you don't know where to start.   "Lorem ipsum dolor" is a dead giveaway.  So is [Street Address].  Make me think you have spent hours creating this fabulous resume, that I will want to pick up the phone and talk to you.

Remember you are applying for a JOB.  As much as theater is a passion, it is also work.  Those of us receiving your resumes are professionals.  We want to work with those who want to be professionals.  Please keep the information of a professional nature.  It is okay that it has been "a dream of yours to work at a professional theatre" or you "love being part of the creative process", but leave it at that.  Anything more esoteric makes you look silly and not to be taken seriously.

It can be hard to remain at the top of the pile, but it is super easy to end up in the trash can.  Help me keep you out of the trash can!

I wish everybody luck in their job searches!

Tools of the Trade / Finding Slip NoMor in the Boston Area
« on: Jan 05, 2011, 12:36 am »
Does anyone know if you can get Slip NoMor in the greater Boston Area?  I am in a slight "emergency" situation and was hoping to put my hands on some quickly without having to wait for overnight shipment.  Or does anyone have an "over-the-counter" remedy for slick floor that is not a sugary soft-drink?


The Hardline / Boston Area AEA Annual Meeting
« on: Oct 26, 2010, 10:36 am »
(Not sure the best place to post this, feel free to move it...)

The Boston Area Annual Meeting is coming up on Monday, November 15th and as a member of the Area Liaison Committee I would like to encourage all SMs to attend especially those of you who work or have worked under the NEAT contract.  The contract is up for negotiation in the spring and we have added a special 45 minute caucus prior to the regular meeting to specifically discuss SM issues and we would love as much input as possible.

I also want to encourage everyone to spread the word to his or her casts.  The more the merrier! 

Monday November 15th
Boston Playwright's Theatre

949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Doors Open at 6:30
Stage Manager's Caucus Will Begin at 6:45
General Membership Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will finish before 10 p.m.

The link to the notice on the AEA website:

If you canít attend or have any concerns that you would like to submit anonymously feel free to PM me.

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