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The Hardline / Daylight savings & Rest Period
« on: Mar 03, 2016, 10:52 pm »
I'm working with an SPT theatre under SPT-8 and we go into tech next week.
Our two 10/12's fall on Saturday & Sunday--right now both 11am-11pm.
However, we realized that Sunday is Daylight savings (Spring Forward!) and technically we won't have a full 12 hour rest period.

From the rulebook:
(A) Rest Period. There shall be a 12-hour rest period between the end of work on one day and the beginning of work on the next, except on the final day before the first public performance when the rest period may be reduced to 11 hours.
Any invasion of this rest period shall be paid at double the overtime rate in addition to all other remuneration due.

So does that mean we either need to do 10pm-10pm on Saturday or 12pm-12am Sunday?
Our awesome PM is contacting Equity, but I wanted to see if anyone else has run into this issue before.

Tools of the Trade / Spiking astroturf/fake grass
« on: Oct 16, 2015, 04:41 pm »
I searched the forums first and couldn't find what I was looking for.
Forgive me if this has been posted before (or is in the wrong board).

I'm about to start rehearsals for a show and our stage floor will most likely be astroturf or the fancier new fake grass (used on football fields).
While we still have over five weeks before we move into the theatre and begin tech, I wanted to start thinking about this now.

Anyone have suggestions on how to spike on astroturf/fake grass?
We were thinking some sort of paint. Any thoughts?

Edit: added tags - KMC

The Hardline / How to join AEA
« on: Apr 16, 2014, 12:22 pm »
Forgive me if this has be discussed before, I know there is a thread where folks talk about how they got their card.
Recently, my parents have been asking me about joining AEA, and I've had a hard time explaining to my parents how one joins AEA.
I have seen the offical AEA ways at
but I wanted some clarification.
Here are the different scenarios I am aware of (please correct me if I'm wrong):

-One can simply join whenever, although they have to start paying dues, etc <----- this feels incorrect, but I felt I would list it
-One can be working in a sister union, and then join AEA
-One can partake in the EMC program, and once they hit 50 weeks, they can join AEA
-One can be a non-union intern/PA/ASM etc and be asked by management/producer to take a union position

Do these ways seem correct? What other ways can one join AEA?

The Hardline / EMC program Pros. vs. Cons
« on: Jan 27, 2013, 04:30 pm »
I've been out of college since May (2012) and have moved to Chicago. I just started a stage management internship at a major AEA theatre here (not sure if I'm allowed to mention it...). Anyways, they have given me the option to sign up for the EMC program and earn points. I started pre-production on this show last Tuesday (1/22), 1st rehearsal is 1/29, show opens mid-March. I'm only involved with the production through opening night, so it looks like a total of 8 or 9 weeks.

I looked around the forums for information regarding the EMC program, and did not quite find what I was looking for.
I would like to be an AEA stage manager at some point. However, being in Chicago, there is a lot of theatre to be involved with that is not AEA. I don't want to limit my options yet. Do you think having EMC listed on my resume would scare away some of the smaller places I might apply to in the future?

I like the idea of joining the EMC program to be able to participate in meetings and other member only activities here in Chicago. But I'm not sure if it's worth the $100 fee right now.

What are some suggestions as well as pros/cons you can think of for a young stage manager?
Thanks for your help!  :)

Students and Novice Stage Managers / "Senior Showcase"
« on: Oct 25, 2011, 01:43 pm »
Hi all,
Here at my school (Syracuse University), we have a Senior Showcase for the acting and musical theatre majors in the senior class. Only about 20 students are selected to be a part of the showcase. The Design students participate in the show case, with tables setup containing their portfolios, artwork, and resumes. To clarify, the showcase is presented in a theatre in New York City (so the students travels from upstate down to the city). A couple of weeks ago, the senior SM students met, and we were trying to figure out a way to be part of the showcase. Have any of you done some sort of senior showcase? If so, what did you do?
All we could think of doing was having our resumes available.
Thanks in advance for any help or feedback!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Number Markers for dance?
« on: Mar 02, 2008, 04:30 pm »
I don't know if this belongs in this forum, so mods feel free to move it.
Anyways, I am in high school and we are doing Bat Boy the musical. Last week the cast spent rehearsals learning the songs. Tomorrow we start blocking. I got an email from my director today who wants me number 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. from center going both stage right and stage left (every two feet) on the stage before rehearsal starts. Until our set comes in (late April), she said the numbers could be temporary. However, the space is shared and there will be other people on the stage. So I want something durable but also cheap. My stage is 40 feet across, so I have to buy/make 21 numbers. Any suggestions or ideas? This is my first time numbering the stage.

I am applying to those schools listed above for BFA in Stage Management. I know that there are already topics on these schools and such, but I was wondering if anyone here goes to/went to any of those schools. I have already looked at them, now I am applying to them. If you have any tips/advice/info on applying, interviews, or just the program itself please let me know. Emerson has been really confusing, and I am still not sure what I am supposed to do in order to get an interview date (I emailed the admissions office and was told one thing, emailed the the person in charge of theater dept interviews and was told another thing, called admissions office and was told a third thing, emailed stage management student I met last year and was told a forth thing...).
The main thing I am trying to figure out now is the interviews. What is it like? I need an updated resumé and a prompt book? Anything else?
Any help/tips/advice/info would be great!
Thanks!  :)

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