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The Hardline / Calling a show for heat
« on: Aug 13, 2016, 07:44 pm »
Hi all,

Something I've been curious about this summer since working outdoors- when do you call a show because of the heat? Has anyone here done it? How? I can't seem to find a specific temperature cut-off in the rulebook I'm using, but I know in the Outdoor Drama one, it says for every hour of rehearsal when the temp is above 90 F you need to give a ten. But that's the only rule I can find that's not pretty vague. Is it a "talk to your producers/call Equity" based on your feeling type of thing?

Self-Promotion / My first real show as PSM! Last Call
« on: Oct 01, 2015, 12:38 am »
I just realized this...I'm doing my first non-school, non-small-festival-show as a PSM! So I thought I should self-promote a little.  :) It's a great one-woman show at IRT, co-produced with terraNOVA Collective, called Last Call.
If you like comedies about bar flys and family drama, you'll love it and should definitely come by. That or come gawk at the booth that I literally have to crawl into. : O (There's also a VERY good bar promotion included with your program if you need any more incentive).

Students and Novice Stage Managers / PAing while in Equity
« on: Jul 17, 2015, 01:54 am »
Interesting conundrum. I may soon be able to decide whether or not I join AEA. But I also think I still have some work ahead of me making contacts before I am able to consistently line up work as an ASM/SM. I was wondering, how common is it for PAs in the bigger theaters (let's say Off-Broadway/LORT-A or thereabouts) to be in the union already? I know Broadway PAs are commonly already AEA, but I was curious about whether or not that can be off-putting on other contracts. Thoughts? I know there are so many thoughts on when is the right time to join, but this is angle I don't think I've seen discussed.

The Green Room / Broadwaycon
« on: Feb 02, 2015, 05:01 pm »
Just saw this online- apparently, in the vein of ComiCon, there's now a BroadwayCon, to be held in January next year. Interesting! Thoughts? I'm laughing because I noticed none of the convention dates are a Monday, so that keeps a lot of stage managers from attending, but I'm getting the feeling it's not so much a professional conference but a fan event.

Just saw this on Lifehacker and thought it might help somebody- kind of basic stuff, but adjusting from college, where I could hang out with friends just by running into them at strange times, to theatrical schedules is something I'm still getting used to.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / SM tumblr
« on: Sep 29, 2014, 12:30 pm »
Some of you may be interested in this. Some stage managers who have Tumblrs are coming together to form SMblr- as it says a community hub for stage managers. Mostly (though not all) of the people involved are in school/just out of school so it seems like a good place to get ideas and maybe even meet some people local to you.
Here ya go!

Because a lot of us are juggling highly variable schedules and multiple gigs, I thought this article was very interesting and helpful. I particularly liked "maximize the effectiveness of your naps."

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Learning how to read music
« on: Mar 25, 2014, 03:16 am »
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to learn how to read music- classes, self-taught programs, etc. Not how to call off of it, but literally just understand what sheet music means because I am clueless right now (I know some people say if you know how to count to 8 you're good- but count to 8 off of what? Beats? Is what I think is a beat really a beat? That kind of clueless). My college didn't have a music dept so I didn't have an opportunity to take any music theory classes, and I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions. I'd love to learn because it seems extremely useful.
(I did use the search bar and found a thread slightly similar but it was more geared toward someone instructing students, so I didn't really understand the suggestions).

Introductions / Long-time lurker, first time poster
« on: Mar 24, 2014, 11:32 pm »
I was researching some career things, and thought I would finally register and start posting.
Short version- Born in NY, raised in FL, back to NY for college. Just graduated in January so I am trying to find my way in the crazy world of NYC SMing. Besides school shows, I've SMed and ASMed off-off-broadway, was a venue director at FringeNYC and have freelanced doing set installs/strikes and event work. I'm currently applying for 4673461743647 PA jobs/internships all over the country. Even though I am not in AEA yet, I work part-time as an audition monitor for them.

My tips? I can't say I have many that ya'll wouldn't already know about, but my favorite is to have some office supplies you adore. I always get weird little Halloween notepads for my to-do lists and other things just to make me smile during rehearsal. When a cartoon ghost is telling you you're BOO-TIFUL it's hard to get worked up.

My favorite story is not really a story but a feeling, if that makes sense. If any of you haven't done a Fringe before, the venue director is essentially the production manager/semi-SM of a specific venue (NYC's festival uses around 16-18 venues every festival). I had 14 separate productions (the most of any venue) with 5 shows each on rotating schedules, and it was my first time working at Fringe in any capacity. Despite one show that was a near-disaster, and almost living at the theater, the support from the cast, crews and producers of every show made me feel so incredibly loved. The amount of food I was brought (and one time, a bottle of wine) was amazing, let alone how many times people offered to get me everything from cupcakes to cold medicine when I was a bit sniffly. I got subsequent work and great friends.

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