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The Hardline / Crediting in Programs
« on: Nov 29, 2007, 10:39 pm »
So I'm sure there is no real official policy on this. However, I was surprised to see a mid sized professional theatre (that must have at least had a equity guest artist contract because there was one equity actor) that didn't credit any technicians.  While there was a set designer, lighting designer, and costume designers- it seemed like it was too big of a project for a single person to put together.  Now the set was fairly elaborate with multiple moving pieces and fairly advanced lighting.  However there was no sound or light board operator listed or even a stage manager.  Just curious if anyone has run across this but it struck me as odd.  Also the designers didn't have bios in the program, which I have noticed is a growing trend in programs, to only have actors' bios included.  Any thoughts on this? 

Tools of the Trade / SM Computer
« on: Aug 11, 2007, 01:02 pm »
I am sure there is a topic of this, but I can't find it and I apologize if this question has been asked a million times. 
With more and more laptops being used by Stage Managers what software is a worthy investment.  Granted I am not a light or sound or set designer but it is a practical investment to invest in vector works, garage band, etc.  Is there slightly more affordable software for seeing floor plans and plots that would be more practicable or should I just decide to stick with Microsoft, Acrobat, and Media Player if I'm not willing to pay for the high quality stuff.  Is there a need for an SM to use a laptop during rehearsals/runs in the professional world or is it just a personal choice and convenience?  So many schools aren't incorporating computers into SM curriculum that new stage managers feel that they should just stick with the old binder.  Just curious what those far more experienced have to say on the matter (and no I do not need to know whether you think a mac or PC is better.  Just kidding... but really)  Thanks for the help.

Employment / Touring Shows question
« on: Aug 10, 2007, 01:15 am »
If a stage manager, with some professional experience, right out of college wanted to do some road work for awhile and tour, what companies should that sm send their resumes to and be likely to be hired?

Employment / Stage Managing in NY
« on: Jun 24, 2007, 02:07 am »
I have no idea the true makeup of SMNetwork and where most SMs work but a lot seem to work in regional theatres which I have always figured I would do.  However my question is, when do you decide to Stage manage in new york?  Are there more jobs with the Equity centered there?  Is it more competitive?  Is it harder to get the bigger theatres?  Is it a very elite club where you have to inherit positions like some of the backstage crews?  How do you know when it's wise to go to NY?  Just thinking a lot about the future and curious if others have input.  The future gig is something most stage managers think of I'm sure and just curious any feedback others have and see if others face similar dilemmas. 

I have always noticed that theatre has a lot of book worms in it including crew members reading books between cues.  Are there any good books that anyones read.  I read a pretty cool murder mystery book about a murder in a Broadway show.  The book wasn't that great but it was a really cool concept and gave an interesting perspective into the "underground of theatre"  I'm always looking for a good book to read.

The Hardline / Re: Its the New Guy!
« on: May 28, 2007, 10:18 pm »
Going for your card at 21?  Bold.  Good luck.

Well as far as the card is concerned someone was talking about getting EMC points and they said it takes 2 steady years of work to get it and you can wait for up to 5 years after that so... do I think I'll be ready for my card when I'm 28 problably.  Besides there are always SPT's needing good stage managers. 

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