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The Hardline / Re: National Touring with Equity
« on: Oct 26, 2006, 12:31 am »
I have toured under LORT and as far as the paycheck question goes I dint technicaly distrbute them every member is on direct deposit. However, actors had all their mail sent to the company office and once a week the company manager would mail a package to me at a hotel and I would hand out the mail at the next actor call. the mail included their pay stubs but I dont consider that out of character. It was easier and better for me to do that then have them come and get it and safer than mailing them individualy.

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I had this issue once and we had a very easy but odd solution. We used our projector and focused it on the floor and had a power point of CAD spikes that we projected on the floor during the shifts. It took a while for the light guys to get it set properly with keystoning but they got it and the crew had to get used to not blocking the light. Regarding the sand issue itself make sure it is moist otherwise it can become rather dusty. slosh and Rake worked best for us.

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Employment / Re: Websites
« on: Jun 28, 2006, 12:12 am »
mine is rather basic www.mikear.com

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Employment / PA work in NYC
« on: Jun 14, 2006, 03:34 am »
Ok I am moving back to the city (New York that is) after completing my MFA. I wm really interested in working as a PA for some of the larger theatres/production companies around town to get some more experience with production contract and large shows ect... However, I donít even know how to begin pursuing this path. I know how to get SM work and where to find those postings, but PA's I have never seen that listed anywhere. Do you just send resumes to production companies or PSM's? Where do I begin I have searched this forum and havenít seen anything about the position except in regional theatre, which is where I have been working for the past 2 years. Though I wouldnít know how to get a PA gig in Regional theatre if it weren't through a University anyway.

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Scheduling Rep
« on: Jun 14, 2006, 03:23 am »
well we have been doing rep for 20 years now and it is always a dance. The bigest issue is DDR's and rehersals on show days ect. We use outlook and have no issues getting the necessay info out there. We have a diffrent rehearsal schedule than most though. We rehearse in the evening, 1-5 7-11 so that if there is a show we have the 1- slot with the proper break then show, so the day is not too long. Generaly we rehearse 1 show in morning 2nd in evening 3rd next morning 4th next evening ect. once we hit tech very rarely do we rehearse anything else doing only the one show through prieviews then back to rehearsal with show in performance till its all open. The olny exception is when we have chours musicals then we through a few rehearsals in during tech.

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Employment / ? for those who hire
« on: May 22, 2006, 11:54 pm »
well there was never another AEA asm just me as PA
its a very fine line I just didnt know how people who hire look at PA on a resume do they know that in the LORT world the PA is usually the ASM or do they see PA and say he/her has no real experience.

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Stop The Show!
« on: May 22, 2006, 08:10 pm »
well we stopped the show yesterday how odd is that. We had 2 lights pop over the deck spraying glass everywhere and the actors were all onstage barefoot. So we stoped brought out their slippers swept and mopped the stage and started the scene again. The actors fought with me because they wanted to go back out barefoot and we wanted them to wear shoes. Well they went on without shoes and no one got hurt thank god!

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Employment / ? for those who hire
« on: May 22, 2006, 08:05 pm »
OK so Ive was a member of Equity for about 5 years then went to grad school for myself. It was attached to a large LORT theatre (I went on waiver) so I essentially filled the roll of the ASM on over half of the seasons productions though I was listed in the program as PA. SO my question is I want to include my credits because so many of the directors I worked with are big in the Regional world, but does anyone who hires relizee that a PA is an ASM on waiver? Should I include something or just leave the credits off?

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Hospitality backstage
« on: May 17, 2006, 05:47 pm »
well we put thte lables on the bottom since they store upside down on our mug rack.
And if a mug is left dirty it is put in the sink, but not cleaned. If they ever want coffee again they know where to go to find and clean their mug, in 2 years here I have never had or seen any person on the SM staff clean any mug but their own.

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Hospitality backstage
« on: May 15, 2006, 06:34 pm »
the theatre I work for provides coffee/decaf/ hot water w/ 5 tea varities and filtered water in rehearsal halls green room and in the pit. It is the PA's job to make the coffee ect before each rehearsal and performance in the affected areas (ie for a musical in green room and pit). But if you finish a pot you make the next one whoever you are.
Food is provided on opening and closing and whenever there is an event in the looby leftovers are brought down to the green room. (our Wardrobe dept has robes hanging in the green room and by the smokers porch beacuse of this)
I think it's fine the theatre foots the bill and it makes the performers happy. the singers in our musicals usually stick to tea while the ones working through the second performance of a 3hour Shakespeare have that coffee cup attached to their lips.
One great thing we do is mug adoption. On an actors first day they pick a mug and write their name on a piece of white duck tape on the bottom. the tape is water proof and if a mug is left dirty we know who to blame. During Techs I live at the coffee maker on breaks.

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Employment / how long do you wait for a response?
« on: May 15, 2006, 01:37 pm »
I must agree, and as the person who started this thred that should be saying something. I have sent out several applications now myself and heard nothing from anybody who didnt want to hire me. But I was part of the stage management search at my current job and we ercived over 300 mailed applications, 100e-mailed and 30 faxed, each and everyone of them is still on file and will be till the day our PSM dies. And she started trying to figure out a way to send responses to everyone but our season started and that was the end of it. We had shows to work and a limited number of people working. If we had an HR person that could do that stuff we would have but the people in our HR will not go near anyone with AEA on their resume with a 10 foot pole.

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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / the WHO-WHAT-WHERE
« on: May 14, 2006, 10:37 pm »
I usually start a show with  a props list and a scene breakdown. I get everything I need from those two documents My scene breakdown becomes a WWW of sorts as time progresses, I add slots for QC's and times for the wardrobe crew, It becomes a shift plot for the run crew, ect... I do mostly Classical Shakespeare and Musicals and I have found that best for me. I dont like to start with too much more because... wel call me lazy but I don't like to do work that might not ultimatly be useful to me.
I aggreewith Matheew that the props list I have at final preview is much longer than the one aI have at first rehearsal, but I will say that at leats 95% of what is on my 1st rehearsal list is still there on opening night

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Employment / how long do you wait for a response?
« on: May 14, 2006, 10:27 pm »
well a follow up on this conversation... I got a call from a theatre for a phone interview this week... I sent them an application about 2 or 3 months ago. And they informed we they wouldnt be making a decison untill June. So I guess the point is you never know but you cant wait for them.

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Employment / how long do you wait for a response?
« on: May 08, 2006, 07:05 pm »
I have sent out several applications for work and havent been hearing much except from people who do not want to pay enough for me to live in their citys.
I have several contacts also helping at specific theatres. Many of those contacts have said things like it looks good or I think you have it, but the theatre itself has not contacted me personally. How long do you normally have to wait to hear something?
When I lived in NYC I heard back sometimes the same day but never more then 2 weeks, but I am now competing for much larger jobs and much longer contracts in regional theatre. Is there a diffrence?

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Tools of the Trade / The comfort of a featherweight headset
« on: May 01, 2006, 12:28 am »
I have a telex that I love and bought the adapters to go with it so it works on every thing out there.

I got it from toolsforstagecraft.com they have several options there to look at

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