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Employment / Listing Multiple Seasons on a Resume
« on: Feb 26, 2017, 05:50 pm »
Looking for some input on a resume formatting thing... I've been working at the same company for 4 summer seasons now, and the list of shows with this particular company has gotten quite long (3 per season x 4 seasons) and is taking up a big chunk of space.  Is there a better way to list all these seasons that won't take up so much space, but isn't too drastically different from the format of the rest of the resume?  Each different company is currently listed as such: 

Company Name- City
Year     Show Title      Job Title      Director
Year     Show Title      Job Title      Director
Year     Show Title      Job Title      Director


I am currently working as a non-eq PSM with a small professional theatre company.  The cast does include a couple of Equity actors, and the company has a goal of becoming completely Equity.  I am getting paid $500 for the entire duration of my contract, and at our first meeting the Producer (who is also the Director of the show) and I agreed that she would give me two payments of $250, but so far I've gotten nothing.

We had out first Dress Rehearsal last night (Sunday), a day off today, and we open on Wednesday.  We are still missing props, some of the actors still do not have microphones, we are missing a staircase on the set, and nothing on the set has been painted.  Also, we basically don't have a crew.  I do have one ASM who's doing her best at running backstage.  I was initially told that the company's interns would serve as our crew.  But they all seem to have conflicts and reasons why they can't run the show.  The Production Manager is doing his best to find a crew, and all the while also serving as the TD and Carpenter.  He actually had to run one of the spotlights last night because we simply did not have anyone else to do it.  I've been sending daily notes and had meetings with the production staff, and they know what needs to happen, but they don't have the manpower to get it done.  I've been running rehearsals as best I can given everything we're missing.

The Director's idea of directing is basically to read along in the script, and from time to time say, "Stand up here.  Sit down there."  The actors have pretty much been directing themselves, and I've been taking some of that responsibility during tech while she sits in the back of the house and watches.  The rehearsal schedules I come up with are never followed. She has said to me before in passing, "Well, we'll need two people to run spotlights, and we'll have a few people backstage, and a couple of dressers..." etc.  And I thought, "Ok, she's just thinking out loud."  So last night, I was working with the ASM, and the Director walked up and said, "Well, (ASM), why don't we have a crew?  Why haven't you found us a crew?"  I very politely said to her, "Well, (Director/Producer), it's really not Stage Management's job to find and hire a crew for the show.  I thought we were using interns.  If you gave me their contact info, I'd be glad to let them know when rehearsal is and what we need them to do.  But we're not in charge of hiring them."

At this point she YELLED at me, "(SM), don't you EVER speak to me that way again!!  How DARE you speak to me that way!!"  Then she turned and walked out into the house, and proclaimed to a theatre full of actors and designers, "My Stage Manager just told me she refuses to do her job!  She said I can't tell her to do her job!"

I was shocked and stunned.  And continued running the rehearsal as if nothing had happened (though the Director would not speak to me the rest of the night.)  I had planned to pull her aside later and tell her how unprofessional and disrespectful her actions were (not to mention defaming my character in front of a room full of colleagues), but I didn't get the chance.  I've composed an e-mail to send to her basically saying that what she did was disrespectful, that nowhere in my job description does it include hiring a crew, and that this was the last straw and if things don't improve and if I continue not to be paid for my work, I will be withdrawing my services from the production.  I would really hate to do that after all the time, energy, and gas money I've put into this show, and because the Music Director and Choreographer are good friends of mine. 

But where do you draw the line and get yourself OUT, when you know that doing so will leave the cast and production staff high and dry just before opening night?

College and Graduate Studies / BA/BFA
« on: Dec 04, 2007, 01:17 am »
I know there have been discussions on here about whether people liked a BA or BFA program better, but what is the difference between the two?  A couple of the colleges I've looked at so far seem to have similar programs, but one offers a BA and another offers a BFA.  Is it just how many general courses you take?

College and Graduate Studies / colleges?
« on: Nov 28, 2007, 12:25 am »
I'm in my senior year of high school in St. Louis, and trying to decide about college for next year.  I know I want to do theatre (probably against the better judgement of my parents and myself), and maybe specifically in Stage Management.  I know a bit about Webster, and have heard both good and bad about it, but am slightly intimidated by the conservatory-type program.  I have also looked into Missouri State and Milliken, but haven't really heard of anywhere else.  I would like to stay in the Missouri-Illinois area, mostly for financial reasons, but am completely clueless about schools that REALLY do have good programs.  I don't really know of anything else (non-theatrey) that I would major in, but would still like to get a well-rounded education.  Any suggestions, opinions, comments, etc...?

And, for my parents' sake, to ease their fears a bit, is this really something you can make a living at? 

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Shadowing: General Q&A
« on: Nov 24, 2007, 04:07 pm »
Hello, I am a high school senior from St. Louis, and would like to pursue a career in theatre, and have been thinking seriously about stage management.  Someone recently told me that I can write a letter to the stage manager of a Broadway Tour and they will let you sit backstage with them during a performance. 
Does anyone have any suggestions about how to do this?  Or, has anyone ever done anything like this?  I think this would be a great experience for me to see what a "real" SM does, but am uncertain about how to ask.

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