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Hey, folks.  I know this thread is a little old, and google calendar and sites have changed a bit since then, but I thought I'd start here, and a mod can split to a new thread if they want. 

I'm working on a Google site which is intended to house our full production calendar for our department.  I've figured out how to embed all of the calendar feeds from the multiple google calendars (there are cals for rooms, theatres, shows, meetings, etc.) but when I do that, a few things happen:  I lose the month / week / day agenda tabs on the top right. (This hasn't happened to me before when I've done this and I don't know how to fix it.)  But the ongoing trouble is that Google doesn't appear to allow a calendar list on one side where you can toggle among multiple calendars.  Anyone have insight into this?  I'd also be interested in other (free) options that google can feed to. Any ideas?

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: TECH: Paper Tech
« on: Mar 20, 2012, 04:59 pm »
Thanks, hbelden.  This is a really useful perspective.  I hadn't thought about the idea that paper tech creates a deadline for technical elements to be determined and / or decided upon.

I also really appreciate your perspective on the time paper techs take.   It's so helpful to hear others' experiences.  Thanks. 

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: TECH: Paper Tech
« on: Mar 20, 2012, 12:25 pm »
Well, I guess if it is even done sometimes professionally, then it's a good thing to expose students to.  We don't do a dry tech here, so maybe this takes the place of that. 

In your experience, about how long does a paper tech take?

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: TECH: Paper Tech
« on: Mar 20, 2012, 11:51 am »
I was just back-reading this thread since I left a meeting this morning where we scheduled a paper tech.  I know it's uncommon outside of University settings, so I'm just unclear as to why we, as University theatre programs, continue to do them.  We should be teaching Stage Managers to glean information from the rehearsal process and communicate them to the design team, and we should be preparing SM's to work quickly and synthesize multiple pieces of information into a cueing sequence. Right?

I'm frustrated by the amount of time designers think they need for paper tech, and am trying to gauge if I'm having an unreasonable response to their requests.  When I stage managed professionally, there was never the time or money to make this happen, so I'm interested in hearing people's opinions:

Are paper techs desirable and useful in all environments, and it's the luxury of the University setting which allows for them, and therefore I should support it and foster it and get on board for however long they might take?

Or, since paper techs are not common in professional settings, is it better to eliminate them in University settings so as not to train SM's into that false sense of security of having time to discuss each cue?

I would *love* other SM's and PM's feedback.  Thanks.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Kit: Box vs. Bag
« on: Mar 01, 2010, 11:47 pm »
The crop in style type bags are very similar to the one I use... I think I just have a different model.  I freelance, and it's been good for taking to theatres I'm going to be working in for awhile and leaving it there, but it is kinda bulky for everyday travel.  I do like it because it had wheels, which is better for me than something I have to lift. 

I do also have a small (8x10") plastic tackle box that I can put in my bag.. it just holds essentials and is also great to have for performances when you sort of know that you don't need the extras anymore.

College and Graduate Studies / Re: MFA at same school as BA?
« on: Mar 01, 2010, 05:12 pm »
I'm curious about what happened with this!  What did you decide?

Anne, I think your colleague is correct.  That's what I've always heard done, especially in opera.

I think asking for a rain check is the best choice.  I'd never want it to be a factor, should there be an incident during that performance.  Sounds like you made a good choice.

Depending on the size of the script I'll either put it in a separate binder or in the front of the master binder.  I, too, think it's best to do what works for you, for a particular production... I've never heard that there is a standard way to organize your book.  Do what works for you!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Alcohol Backstage
« on: Mar 01, 2010, 04:41 pm »
Yes, I agree... I think it's the responsibility of the theatre department (who, in this case, is acting as the producer) to enforce this policy at the first rehearsal / company meeting.  When I was in school, this was an issue sometimes, too, but the theatre department staff were responsible for any disciplinary issues.

College and Graduate Studies / Re: Northwestern vs. UMich?
« on: Jul 05, 2009, 01:12 am »
Working in and around Chicago I run into LOTS of Northwestern grads.  I didn't go there myself, but it seems like there is strong network of them here in the city.

What did you end up deciding?

Employment / Re: Abbreviations on Resumes
« on: Jun 06, 2009, 08:22 pm »
Abbreviations such as asm, pa, psm, etc.,  are just fine.  I also think it's acceptable to use abbreviations for schools in order to conserve space.  For example, I reference KCPA-UIUC under the companies I've worked for, but I clarify if further under my education section as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). There hasn't seemed to be questions in my interviews about where I did those shows.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Recordings of West Side Story
« on: May 22, 2009, 11:52 pm »
I know this is a little of topic, but has anyone heard the 2009 recording?  I'm in awe of Lin-Manuel Miranda, and am wondering  people's thoughts on this new production...

Employment / Re: Job/Gig searching in the new economy
« on: Apr 16, 2009, 10:35 pm »
I've been freelancing since the fall of 07, and it's always been difficult to find work, but recently it's become much harder to find stage management jobs.  There are definitely not as many postings as there have been in the past, and I'm having better luck with unsolicited emails and networking with current contacts. 

My advice would be to let no stone go unturned, and be open to alternatives.  Contact your college and high school and see if they know of anything, email the guy your mentor set you up with three years ago and see if he knows anything... just generally let your support system know that you're available for work.  (And, I know there are mixed reviews on these boards about the appropriateness of facebook, but IMHO it's a perfectly acceptable form of networking, if you go about it the right way.)

Hi, all..

I didn't go to Full Sail myself, so I'm just throwing in my two cents from an outsider's standpoint.

My cousin, was considering going there, and I talked to someone I went to school with who I knew went to Full Sail for grad school.  We both attended a small, liberal arts undergrad with a 25-person-or-so department. Basically he said it was a "good" program, but he essentially paid to get a giant contact list.  He said that it wasn't necessarily about what he learned, but who he met.

My cousin ended up *not* going, and this guy, after graduating, returned to my undergrad as an ATD.  Now, obviously, there's lots of reasons why things ended up the way they did, but it didn't seem to me like Full Sail was the kind of catapult it advertised being...

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