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Students and Novice Stage Managers / KCACTF REGION IV
« on: Jan 10, 2019, 12:57 am »

I will be attending the KCACTF Region IV Conference in February and was wondering if anyone else is attending? I would love to talk to anyone going for the Stage Management Fellowship!

Here are a few Youtube videos that may help if you're more visual! (16 min) (22 min) (4 min)

I used this website to help me as I started learning.

Also, you might be able to find some Music Education majors at a college who may volunteer to help teach you.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Kit Containment
« on: Nov 25, 2018, 10:57 am »
I use a Stanley Rolling tool kit. I keep my most important stuff that I always need in the top, removable tool box, then I put everything else in the bottom, rolling part so I donít have to bring the whole thing if I donít need to.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Minor?
« on: Nov 14, 2018, 03:56 pm »
I am currently majoring in theatre with an emphasis in stage management. I am required to have a minor to graduate and am looking for a minor that will help me with stage management. My current considerations are: Film and Video Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing, Literature and Film, and the Designed World.

Does anyone have an idea for a minor that may work well with stage management?

Thanks in advance!

Different spike tape might be interesting to bring, and maybe glow tape! They may enjoy seeing you use glow tape and being able to charge it themselves/watching you do it.

Also, you could compare onstage/theatre to movies at the start to explain to them what it means, like "you know everything you see in a movie, all the sets and props and effects, I do that but live and in real time." If there are any kids who don't know much about theatre, it might relate to them and then after that just explain what you do specifically.
If you could maybe bring in a video of you calling a show, they may find that interesting. Also, to explain calling a show, you could use the game Red light/Green light, if they've played it (I know I did as a kid, so they might have). Red light is standby, Green light is go, but instead of running, they make the lights go and the sounds play and the sets move. If you're able, you could even play it with them!

Hope it helps!

College and Graduate Studies / Re: SM College List
« on: Feb 28, 2018, 02:37 am »
Iím not sure of any full lists, but Iíve linked to a few websites that list some! It really just comes down to researching and googling for finding colleges. You can also look at colleges that offer a B.A in design and technology because from the schools that Iíve applied to with these programs, they often have an emphasis in stage management.

Also, here is a link to an SMNetwork post that has talked about this!

Hope this helped!

Tools of the Trade / Re: iPad Pro for Blocking?
« on: Feb 02, 2018, 12:38 am »
I used an iPad for a show a few months back and am actually investing in my own!

One app that I think works well is "For Score." It's actually meant for musicians to upload their music and make notes and such, but you can scan full scripts into the app and add cues into the blank script. I recommend getting the pencil, so you can make lines and notes much easier because you can use pressure to make the lines harder and softer. I also like the app because I can create text, so each cue is typed, but I can also write out notes and underline and highlight.

I also upload different reports to it so I can check them off through the iPad and saving them as different dates. Word is also a great resource because you can have them automatically back up to Dropbox or Google Drive. Personally, I use Google Drive, but I have used Dropbox in the past, so I find either one to be good.

Employment / Re: Websites part deux
« on: Feb 01, 2018, 01:34 am »
I know this thread hasn't been used in awhile but I would really love some feedback on my website! It is

I would love any help anyone has to offer!

Thanks in advance!

Tools of the Trade / Re: iPad Vs Microsoft Surface Pro
« on: Jan 30, 2018, 10:57 pm »
I have a computer already. It's actually a mac, so I know the iPad would pair well with it

Tools of the Trade / iPad Vs Microsoft Surface Pro
« on: Jan 26, 2018, 06:20 pm »
I am thinking of investing in either a Microsoft Surface Pro or an iPad Pro. I am wondering if anyone has used either while stage managing. I have looked at both and I like the use of stage management apps on the iPad Pro, but I think the capabilities of the Microsoft surface pro would be quite useful.

I'm honestly not sure which would be best, so if you have any suggestions let me know!

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Is college necessary?
« on: Oct 06, 2017, 11:59 pm »

I'm not sure if this is a question that has been asked yet, but I am just wondering if a degree is necessary to Stage Manage? I have been working in community theatre since I left high school and have been hired at local venues to SM, but is it necessary the farther I go or will experience take me there as well? In example, if I go to SETC or apply for a cruise or large venue, or (as an extreme) broadway, will experience be enough? I am simply concerned that if I don't get a degree, I might be behind, but I am getting plenty of experience. I have also attended a lot of workshops that I include on my resume, but college just isn't something I can afford.

Thank you!

Introductions / Hello!
« on: Sep 25, 2017, 06:45 pm »
Hi everybody!

My name is Brandi Shook. I am located in Virginia currently, where I am working and going to school. I actually used to be a Technical Director, but found my passion for Stage Management! I am extremely excited to be apart of this world and I can't wait to see everything that's in store!


Brandi Shook
Stage Manager

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