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Hi everyone, Hope things are going well in whatever part of the world you're in!  :)

Just wondering could someone define the role of a Technical Manager (NZ/AU specific if it matters..) ,who they work directly with and where they slot into the timeline for a show/event/whatever?

My Google-fu is sucking a lot tonight. It's just for personal info more than of those roles I'm just not clear on.

Thanks :)

Students and Novice Stage Managers / so nervous!
« on: Feb 21, 2008, 07:08 am »
I'm sorry if this is a) offtopic and b) in the wrong place! I just need a bit of reassurance.

Quick back story- People on the technical/management course at my Uni are seconded to the International Arts Festival here. I'm down as a "Non-Technical General Assistant"..this becomes relevent in a minute. Because the production manager of the venue I'll be based at won't be there 'til next week (he's working another show) I'm not really needed until later next week so I've been asked to come in on the weekend for what I think is pack-in (it's completely my fault that I don't know whats happening because his cell line was dodgy) and I'm freaking out. Pure 'techie' stuff is not my strong point and whilst at Uni I'm fine, this is a professional environment and I'm really freaking out. It's a small city and I hear stories of fellow students tainting their reputation already. I have strengths in other areas so going in there still as a newbie is freaking me out!

So, should I ring again (even though I am mortified still from the last convo) and see what I'm doing or wait 'til I'm there and let them know where I am in my learning if I am expected to be 'Tech Extraordinaire'. Or should I just say nothing!

Thanks guys..sorry to be so silly. I've got a bit of extra time on my hands lately which means I have too much time to think!  :-[

Students and Novice Stage Managers / time filling
« on: Feb 03, 2008, 01:56 am »
Hi guys, Im new! (Ive posted on the intro forum if you're interested)

Anyway, my schedule this year (second year of my degree) means that I have a lot more free time. Halle-fricking-lujah! I can feel my mental health improving as we speak! 

So I was wondering did you guys have any tips of how I could use my time to further educate myself? Books I could read, skills I could practice? (I probably need to work on my knot tying which is abysmal at best..links to websites would be handy). I don't my brain to get too imbedded into holiday mode again when I'm not in classes/on secondment/working on shows.

I'll be talking to my tutor about this soon but thought I'd ask your guys opinion..

Cheers!   :D

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