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Hello everyone ,
I am currently working on a senior project for high school which involves a research paper element. My topic is union representation in theatre, and more specifically Equity representation of actors and stage managers. I am wondering if anyone here who is an equity member would be willing to answer a few questions via email for inclusion in my paper. I'd also be interested in hearing from some non-equity stage managers as well, so if you are not equity and willing to answer a few questions that'd be great!  If you're willing to help me out, just respond here and I can email you the questions. Thank you so much!


College and Graduate Studies / Re: Visiting Depaul
« on: Feb 11, 2008, 11:34 pm »
Depending on what day you are going to be at NCSA, I'd check out a performance if one of this term's plays is open. If you're seriously considering NCSA, seeing a production sample wouldn't be a bad idea :) By the looks of the performance calendar, Bus Stop appears to be open beginning on the 14th.

I would check with the department or admissions on those questions, since it'll be specific to the school.

College and Graduate Studies / Re: Other Colleges
« on: Aug 21, 2007, 05:30 pm »
Have you looked into your state schools to see if any of them have a strong theater department? Are you looking for a well rounded tech/design education with SM experience and training or do you want to be in an specifically SM program. Are you looking at a double major in a non-theater related field? Are you looking for a conservatory program or a liberal arts based education BA or BFA? 

College and Graduate Studies / Re: Colleges?
« on: Aug 19, 2007, 12:30 pm »
You may want to consider transferring to a liberal arts school with a strong theater department. Depending on the courses you've taken and the courses required by the new school, you may be able to take mostly theater courses if the GEs cancel out. That way you can just focus mostly on the theater coursework and may be able to finish in less than 4 years. I don't know what classes you've taken or if this would work out, but it is an option you may want to pursue. Certain theater departments have a concentration in stage management, which is what it sounds like you want. I don't know about many schools in the south, so I can't give you any names. Sorry!

I would think, that in an intense conservatory environment like NCSA that you will need to start from year one in the stage management track, and thus spend 4 more years. Your general eds may apply. NCSA doesn't grant graduate degrees in stage management so you can't earn both in succession there either.

Again..these are just my may want to get in contact with a few schools that you're interested in, and look into the logistics of transferring into their stage management program.

Tools of the Trade / Re: Do you prefer Word or Excel?
« on: Apr 09, 2007, 01:08 am »
I use word almost exclusively. All of my cue sheets, run sheets, contact sheets, production analysis, calendars, etc. are all done in Word. I love tables  ;D

Tools of the Trade / Re: Excel Help?!
« on: Apr 08, 2007, 07:41 pm »
Oh cool. Thanks Mac. Didn't know you could do that!

Tools of the Trade / Re: Excel Help?!
« on: Apr 08, 2007, 02:30 pm »
Just use the draw function and draw lines at the angles you want.
And then match the text alignment to the same angle that you draw the lines

Thank you so much!

If you would like I can send you a copy of the one I created for a class assignment for Spike Heels.  It's pretty basic, and doesn't have entrances, etc because we were doing those breakdowns seprately, but you can use it as a reference if you would like.

Also, there is no right or wrong way, just whatever is most efficient and helpful for you.

Good luck with it!
I'd love a sample. Thanks! Do you just want to email it to me? My address is in my profile.

Thank you for your response!
I only found one sample form, but I'll look again.

We're doing The Miracle Worker, which is fairly complex (different locations, props galore, and a decent sized cast.)I am mainly going to use this as a starting point for props.

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to show me a sample production analysis. I am currently working on mine, and i just want to make sure that I am doing it correctly. Do you normally do page by page or scene by scene? In the cast/costume column, should I indicate entrances/exits of the various characters? If they are on throughout several pages, should I just indicate it on the first page that they enter, and leave the column blank for the next pages (until they enter again later in the play?) As was suggested last time, I think that I will only indicate props as they are mentioned for the first time in a given scene, but I'll list it again in a later scene if it comes up. I just want to make sure that I make this document the most helpful that it can be.


I have a dilemma here.. I am currently working on a show that has very specific blocking, and I am trying to decide if I should create a blocking script and a calling script? Is it better to have 1 or 2 scripts?Any experiences? How much blocking should make its way into the calling script? I am trying to keep things clean, but I also want to have information I need available to me.


I have emailed everyone that provided an email address or had one publicly available in their profile. Thank you again so much for your help!

I am focusing on the role of a stage manager and the importance of a stage manager in theatrical productions. Sure you could re-delegate tasks that a stage manager is normally responsible for, but is that efficient, effective, and worth it?

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