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The Hardline / AEA SM wearing a costume backstage?
« on: Sep 01, 2016, 08:33 pm »
Anyone had experience with an AEA ASM needing to wear a costume while running their track backstage? I'm using the CAT contract, but don't find anything specific to this. Do the same actor costumes rules apply? Thoughts?

Self-Promotion / First rehearsal was awesome!
« on: Aug 17, 2016, 10:26 am »
I'm an ASM at Porchlight Music Theatre for In the Heights. We have four short weeks of rehearsal before previews begin. I'm really excited to be working with such an amazingly talented group of people from the designers and sm team to all of the cast!

Self-Promotion / Dead Man Walking
« on: Mar 03, 2016, 02:57 pm »
I started rehearsals this week for Dead Man Walking in Evanston, IL. It's a cast of 19 plus understudies. There is a lot of community engagement surrounding the show which I think will be really cool. We run April 16 to May 15 with a possible extension. Woohoo!! Yay work!

The Hardline / Umm, that's not my name.
« on: Feb 18, 2016, 05:17 pm »
Has anyone received an agreement that did not have you AEA name on it? I joined before I was married, so my AEA name is my maiden name, which is the name on my resume as well. However, my email address includes my married name, so I can see where it can be confusing. While I'm waiting to hear back from the producer about my name on the agreement, I wondered if anyone has come across trouble with AEA/legal names being different.

Hello fellow SM Superheroes!

I'm stage managing a new show which literally begins with no script. The director and actors will write it during the rehearsal process. There is a general concept that we are working with to help guide the scenes, but I have a feeling I'll be relying on audio recordings for awhile.

I was wondering if anyone else has done something like this? Any tips or tricks you learned along the way?

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

Employment / Job was Re-posted
« on: Apr 03, 2015, 03:50 pm »
I applied for a gig at least a month ago, if not longer, and noticed today that the job listing had been re-posted. Is it safe to think that the company did not feel they had enough qualified applicants or that they are possibly still in the process of scheduling interviews? Is it worth it to revamp my cover letter and submit my information again?

Thanks for your feedback!

Employment / Tent Theatre - Springfield, MO
« on: Feb 19, 2015, 01:34 pm »
Has anyone out there in the world of SMNetwork spent time with Tent Theatre in Springfield, MO? Just looking for thoughts and insight. It seems like they have a very cool set up which really excites me.


Job Postings / SeaWorld, San Antonio - Seasonal Stage Manager
« on: Apr 04, 2013, 08:39 pm »
SeaWorld, San Antonio has a posting for a seasonal stage manager.  I was a stage manager here for almost 2 years and would be happy to answer questions for anyone that may be interested.  This would be a fun job for a new graduate with some professional experience.  It's not traditional stage management, but you'll meet some awesome people.

Stage Manager

Basic Requirements:

Must have two (2) years of related experience within entertainment
High School Diploma, GED, or 2 years of professional experience.
Technical training, management experience & knowledge of theatrical operation.
Must be able to swim
Must be willing to comply with all SEA grooming guidelines and employment standards.

Job Responsibilities:
Supervise backstage operation of venue related shows and special events.
Work with cast and performance director on a daily basis to assure smooth operation; calling some cues and times for the shows.
Supervise and assist with pre-set and strike of show elements. *Maintenance of show with regards to technical and safety related issues; and general cleaning of venue.
Maintains a weekly and daily schedule for staff.
Critiques staff throughout the season
Maintains a high performance level.
Submits work order needs to management to maintain all equipment and venue.
Work with cast, trainers, and crew to maintain the integrity of the show.
Safety inspections and knowledge of green tag procedures.
Consistently practices safe work habits including but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment, lifting and reporting of unsafe situations.
Promotes a positive image, setting an example of being professional and following guidelines.

I have a couple of references that are very willing to vouch for me, but they are working out of the country right now.  They both have email access, but calling them is rather pricey.  I want to note why I haven't included a phone number on my reference list and/or encourage an email to them, but I'm not sure how.  Anyone else had this issue?  What did you do?


The Green Room / What about my dog?
« on: Nov 12, 2012, 11:45 am »
I've been thinking about this for awhile now... My husband is an actor, I'm a stage manager, and we have an awesome dog.  If we get summer work (which is the goal), who will take care of our dog?  Can he go with us?

So, do any of you out there have experience taking your dog with you on tour or to summer stock?  Did you have to provide your own housing or did your company manager accommodate for your furry friend?  Is it really feasible to care for a pet while doing summer stock?

Thoughts/suggestions/stories of your travels are welcome!


Employment / SETC
« on: Oct 20, 2012, 07:17 pm »
I am considering going to SETC this year, but I'm an AEA member.  Has anyone attended SETC and found work?  Has anyone been a union member, attended SETC, and been hired through a union contract? 

I had several friends attend a couple years ago but they were not union members at the time.  Registration is a little pricey right now on top of traveling to the conference, but I want to make sure it will be a great experience as a union member.


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