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Tools of the Trade / Re: Ergonomics and the Tech Table
« on: Jan 14, 2014, 04:58 pm »
I am an avid yoga ball sitter and have been for probably 8 years now.  I sit on the ball in rehearsal, mine is weighted with sand so when I jump up to help in the room it does not roll away.  If I end up sitting in a regular chair I find my body is much more fatigued.

I prefer to stand to call a show.  That said my new theatre's booth does not allow for standing and seeing the stage.  I will probably even need to sit on the floor for my next show just to see all of the on stage action properly.  I found that my old school ergonomic chair is helpful for a reminding me about posture in this new seated calling environment.

Thanks for starting the conversation, it's interesting to see what other people do!  I am intrigued by the standing desk...

Employment / Making the transition to PSM
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:54 pm »
Hi guys,
I am looking for some advise on making the transition from Resident Stage Manger to PSM.  I have been in the resident position for nearly 10 years and the PSM position would be a new position for the company. 

What are some ways other companies have broken down the job description? 

I find myself hesitant to leave the daily rehearsing and running of a show.  Yet I know change can be good.

Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.


I have another hand raised for TAB for a Video Cue. 
Usually I do not have the luxury of a separate video op so my sound op is the one pushing the Tab Cue.  It works well for us as it sounds different from a called Sound Cue.

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / TECH: Designer Cue Lists
« on: Oct 05, 2011, 06:36 pm »
Hello All,
Question for the masses.  This season we have had designers submitting "Cues" to the stage manager digitally with in a script and not really wanting to provide in a list format.  Our stage management team has not encountered this before.  Is this a new trend in the design world?  Are we still empowered to request a proper list from the designer?  Specifically referring to sound and video designers, understanding Lighting designers are not putting cues in the script till a designer run.

Both video and sound designers (not same person) have emailed digital copies of the script with their cues inserted.  These are two separate scripts.  When printed only the bubble appears and not the cue information.

Further transparency, no one on our 4 person stage management team has converted to calling off a digital cue script yet, still paper and pen out here in the desert.

I would love to hear your experiences and thoughts on the situation.  Thanks!

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Thank you all for the comments.  I started rehearsal with a "maintaining a safe work environment" conversation in regards to backstage photos and video.  My artistic director looked shocked that we had reached a point with the new technology and social media capabilities that this conversation even needed to be had.  I am working with my PM  and APM to create a company policy that will cover our main stage season as well our local and national tours.  I am certainly open to more comments.  Thanks!

In the last season I have been running into the constant presence of photos and videos being taken during the rehearsal process, some have been part of a web campaign some have been actor motivated.  My co worker and I feel it is a sticky situation to regulate what people post on their private pages but feel we need to have some control over images leaving the comfort of the rehearsal space.  The control of photos being taken on a day when you were not aware you were going to be documented ie: people in ripped pants, no makeup etc.  In this economy and age of social/marketing media it is hard to place regulations on potential audience interest while maintaining comfort and privacy, not even addressing the issue of intellectual property.

I am curious what kind of protocol others have instated about the taking and posting of photos/video.

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