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The Green Room / Is Provided Housing a Taxable Benefit?
« on: Jul 24, 2013, 11:48 am »
Not sure if this is the best place for this post, but I didn't see anywhere else it would be fitting.  So, here's the situation I (and many others at this company) am currently finding myself in:
I'm (non-AEA)currently working at a large regional theatre, where we are provided with housing.  No where in the housing rider or contract does it say we will be charged in any way for housing.  It notes we will pay state, federal and FICA, but nothing about any monies being taken out for housing. 
Rumors have begun circling about our housing getting taxed as a benefit, and it being retro-active (ie.  if you have been on contract since May, all of that housing tax you hadn't been paying might be coming out of this paycheck).  No one in Admin will give a straight answer, other than an email that is addressed to the entire company but not the entire company received, saying it is a Federal regulation. 
I've been doing a lot of reading/researching, but frankly am just getting more confused by trying to translate IRS website. 
Does anyone happen to know anything about the legality of this?  And if it is legal, how do they decide the amount?  (another rumor we heard is that the level of tax depends on where you live.  We don't get to decide where we live!  We are placed in housing of many different types-- across the town!)
Any information/insight would be wonderful, as I'm currently working with many (and am one of) upset and stressed co-workers in every department.  With many of us a returning employees, this is something new that is catching everyone off guard more than half way through the summer season.

So I'm currently in an odd situation and would love some thoughts:  The show I'm currently working is at a very small theatre.  VERY small.  The show's director is married to the lead.  We are currently about half-way thru the run.  When I came in today, I was told by the actor to no longer put out a prop as he had talked to his wife and they cut the bit involving the prop.  Also found out that she is giving him notes from the shows based on what she gets in performance reports (sound cues taken off him operating the TV) before I see him the next day (he's gone before I'm down from the booth after the show).
I don't know what to do about the situation, but it make me feel slightly pointless aside from being a button pusher.  Any thoughts would be wonderful.

Edited to add topic tag- Maribeth

Not sure if this is the best place to ask this, but here goes:  I'm currently working on a production that uses LOTS of low-lying fog throughout the entire show.  There are four point from which is comes onstage, evenly spaced along the upstage Cyc.  The issue is the floor: it is becoming incredibly slick, and any solution we're tried to clean it doesn't help much. We've tried rubbing alcohol, water, and cleaning solution, none of which work great.  We can't treat the floor itself as we are rotating rep.  The Fog Fluid is water based, I'm not sure exactly what brand.
If anyone has any suggestions I'd be appreciative!  Thanks!


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Employment / Stuck in a Rut
« on: Aug 14, 2011, 02:17 pm »
So I'm hoping I picked the right place to post this.  I'm looking for some general advice:  I've been freelancing for years, and most of the work I do is Shakespearean-- which I love, don't get me wrong, but I'd love to do something else, be a it a musical, dance, anything!  But I always get the "Oh, you really only do Shakespeare...thanks but no thanks"  after people see my resume.  How do I let people know I have the skills and ability to do other things in a letter?  I'm not very good at selling myself through paper...
Any suggestions/stories/help would be appreciated! 


Employment / Listing upcoming gigs on resume
« on: Aug 08, 2006, 06:37 pm »
Okay, I have a resume question, but in a slightly different vein.  I'm currently working a Rep. Season which runs until late December, but I'm looking to start sending out resumes now for a job after this one.  My question is, should I put the names of the shows in the season on my resume (even though we haven't even rehearsed some of them yet) or should I include that in the cover letter ( I'm currently working at Theatre X, which is producing shows A, B, C, and D)? 
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
~nikki :)

Employment / Contract Negotiations
« on: Jun 09, 2006, 07:51 pm »
As I'm currently looking for a new job, I'm looking for advice on contract negoiations, especially regarding things such as salary.  I'm non-AEA, and not sure the best way to go about negotiating, since I don't want to come across the wrong way, but at the same time want to be able to comfortably discuss contracting.
Any advice & commentary would be wonderful & welcome!  Thanks so much!


So I'm looking for some advice. . . I'm graduating in May with an MFA in Stage Management.  I went right from undergrad to grad school, and hence my only outside work has been summer stock.  This may sound silly, but does anyone have advice on getting a "full-time" (aka-- longer than summer stock) job?  Ideally, I'd like to to stay towards the East Coast, but am willing to travel, tour, cruise ships, etc.  Suggested companies or conferences? (due to performance conflicts, I'm unable to go to SETC and UPTAs, but I am going to USITT)
Any advice would be great. . . as I'm honestly pretty terrified!  Thanks!

~Nikki  8O

I'm currently working at an outdoor theatre, and the stage surface itself is one of the biggest problems with the show.  It used to be a mostly clay mixture that was rock hard and dangerous for fight combat, and yet when tilled, became dangerous for ladies in character shoes.  The drainage was horrible, and we had to cancel several performances due to mud!
The stage has since been worked on, and the surface is mixed with a sandy mixture, which includes gypsm to aid in drainage.(It hasn't rained since, so we don't know how well it works)  However, I've heard rumor that AEA has an opposition to gypsm, and I was wondering if anyone knows anything of this.  My main concern is if it is a health hazard to the cast and crew.  The research that I've done so far hasn't led me to any conclusions... any info or help would be great!  Thanks!

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