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The Green Room / Free online courses!
« on: Apr 13, 2020, 03:29 pm »
So many universities are offering free online courses right now! There's a list here of courses offered by ivy league universities- there are some really interesting-looking "intro to opera" courses that might appeal to stage managers. There's also a section on "personal development" courses, including one on communications skills.

Hoping this might be interesting/useful for folks looking for things to do in the unexpected downtime....

Employment / COVID-19 resources
« on: Mar 22, 2020, 04:27 pm »
Starting a thread for resources available to artists, related to the COVID-19 crisis.

TheatreWashington is extending their "Taking Care of Our Own" emergency fund for theater artists to include those impacted financially by the COVID-19 health crisis. They are offering $500 grants to impacted artists- applications are available on their website. You can also donate to the fund on their webpage.

Information about applying for unemployment in DC, MD & VA.

List of resources for people in the Arts.

Remote friendly work opportunities, being continually updated.

The Green Room / The Year of the Stage Manager
« on: Jan 30, 2020, 09:50 pm »
For those on Instagram, I highly recommend following "sminsta2020" - it's an account that has a different stage manager take over every day and gives a look into their work and lives. So many great stage managers featured, including a number of SMNetwork members!

It seems that there's a very active group on Facebook for the Year of the Stage Manager 2020 as well. :)

Since burnout is a topic that comes up a lot around here.... WHO recognizes burnout as a medical condition

Theater Alliance is in need of a non-AEA ASM for BLOOD AT THE ROOT, directed by Raymond Caldwell.

Rehearsals begin 1/22.
Tech begins 2/17.
Previews begin 2/23.
Performances run 3/1 to 3/24. Please note that there are some student matinee performances.

This is a paid position. If you are interested/available, please email a resume to maribeth AT theateralliance DOT com.

POINTLESS THEATRE seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual to join our staff as Production Manager for the 2018-2019 season. The Production Manager works with upper management to ensure timely scheduling and planning of the production process, proper budget development, and supervision of artists and technicians. The position is directly supervised by the Artistic Directors and Deputy Director.

Production Manager is responsible for working alongside the Director, Artistic Directors and Technical Director to hire, contract and supervise technicians, stage management, designers and performers for each production. A successful candidate is proactive, and leads with a positive and supportive attitude. Being able to anticipate needs, problem solve resourcefully, and prioritize time sensitive tasks are essential strengths in this role.

Dates for the 2018-2019 season:
Show #1: November/December Rehearsals, January/February Performances.
Show #2: April/May Rehearsals, June Performances.

This position is paid hourly.

Pointless Theatre strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or physical handicap.



In light of the recent posts about burnout and taking time off, I'm posting about my own work/life balance experience right now.

I've been taking time off this past season because I had a baby last summer and have been staying home with him. I've taken a few short gigs, and found some work that I can do from home, but I'd like to be able to come back to stage management more in the future. For those of you who have taken time off, what have you done to stay on people's radar, and what steps have you taken when you do decide to come back?

So far, my strategy has been to take a few smaller gigs (sub positions, short runs, special events) and when I'm offered shows for next year, explaining the situation and letting potential employers know that I'd like to continue to be considered for future positions. But I'd love to hear how other people have approached this!


Escripts are useful, and we are OK with you sharing the work you've done in digitizing scripts for stage management purposes.  However, it is a VERY touchy legal ground and as such we have some very strict rules that must be followed.  If we see repeated violations of these rules, we will have to put an end to the escript exchange.

OK.  Here's the rules.

1. If you (or your company) don't have the rights to produce a show, don't ask for the script.
2. You may only request copies of scripts here.  No audio.  No video.  Just escripts for use in setting up prompt books.
3. If someone asks for an escript and you have it, do NOT post it here publicly, nor admit here publicly that you have it.  Offer your copies by PM, email or instant message.
4. If you have received a script from someone, do NOT thank them publicly here.  Do not acknowledge that you have received it in the thread. Do not cross them off your list or edit your post to say, "Got it, Thanks!" Just leave it alone. Thank the sender profusely and eloquently off site via email, send them flowers & liquor, but do it off of the SMNetwork servers.
5. No unsolicited offers of e-scripts, please.
6. You may not request an e-script as your very first post to SMNetwork.
7. Posts more than six months old will be removed.

Thanks in advance for adhering to these rules. It will help ensure that we are able to keep hosting this exchange.

Nice article on Hiring a Fight Director on HowlRound today.

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