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The Green Room / Re: Just a random what if....
« on: Nov 09, 2010, 07:56 am »

In general, work place romances are a huge no-no.

But it's been going on at least since the days of Moliere!  ;)

I've called shows throwing up in a trash can, running excruciatingly high fevers, etc. 

This can be very bad for the health of the company.

The Hardline / Re: Equity and Checks
« on: Oct 13, 2010, 12:35 pm »
On the other this case particularly, the rule was right where you would expect to find it: under the subcategory "Working Conditions for Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers" under the main category "Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers"

I find the Equity contracts to in general to be very well organized -- and the indexing is generally good.

I would recommend that Stage Managers always look at the clauses identifying their duties when starting a new contract, union or not.

Also a caveat about using the .pdf version of the contract: I used the Equity online library as a research tool in this case but as I recall (at least one point in time) not all the online contracts were current to the most recent versions.  Anyone on council have any insight as to whether this is still true?


The Green Room / Re: Convolution Creep
« on: Oct 13, 2010, 12:17 pm »

I have worked in many a theatre where you simply don't flushing during the show.

Doesn't that violate "safe and sanitary" clause of contracts?

The Hardline / Re: Equity and Checks
« on: Oct 07, 2010, 07:23 pm »
Stage Managers are not to hand out checks! (Unless they are being compensated additional duty as company manager.)

Without looking at the NEAT contract, I think this is a basic principle in Equity contracts.

Update: Ok.  Just looked.  This is specifically prohibited.  Look at 59 (J) (9) (g)  --  page 56 of the version posted online in the Equity library.  I heartily recommend that a stage manager becoming very familiar with the contract(s) they are working under.

PGenerally the job is death by paperwork and meetings. Been there, Done that... No thanks.

That is not been my experience as a production manager in the USA.  I'll be happy to expand at later date (after the show I am currently production managing Off Broadway has it's official opening tonight).  In brief..

When I am production managing, I spend a good deal of pre-production time coordinating with shops and designers (with generally 2 or 3 production meetings in the mix) -- then from the time of load-in through the first public performance I am pretty much on-site with tech crews.  Except for collecting time-sheets and W-4s, I probably spend less time with paperwork when i am production managing than stage managing.

(That being said, I would truly discourage anyone else from pursuing an interest in production management in New York.  Now that the field of stage management is over-crowded, I would hate to see the same thing happen to production management.)

The Green Room / Re: What did you learn today?
« on: Jul 23, 2010, 10:31 pm »
I learned today that I shouldn't judge so harshly when I hear a news story that a teacher duct-taped a kids mouth shut. Today I related to her, X's 13 kids!

As with almost every other situation, I  think gaffe tape would be a better choice.   :)

The Green Room / Re: Summer projects
« on: Jul 14, 2010, 11:55 am »
Yeah, but I'd bet a buck you hedged your bets and took a top-notch master electrician with you...just in case  8)

The Hardline / Re: SM Subcommittee forming
« on: Jul 14, 2010, 11:51 am »
This has been going on New York for a few years as well.

Has anyone gotten a job (or even close to a job) from this event?

Tools of the Trade / Re: Paperless World
« on: Jul 03, 2010, 12:42 pm »
   The other key component of this project is the elimination of the paper callboard.

What a terrible idea!

The Green Room / Re: Vacation Suggestions
« on: Jun 11, 2010, 11:13 pm »
If you have the money (which can be pretty reasonable), look into a Club Med vacation, especially in Mexico or the Carribeans/Bahamas.

But what should the stage manager do, if anything, if a decision the director has made is just not working?

Not part of your job.

(Besides, some things than others take longer to either "work" or be discarded: this is one of the reasons we have rehearsals and not just performances.)

The Green Room / Re: Favorite Easter Candy
« on: Apr 01, 2010, 12:59 pm »
Easter candy is okay...but you haven't really lived until you've feasted on Dark Chocolate Covered Egg Matzoh!

With the caveat that I'm not a big advocate of stage management as an undergraduate major, I'm worked with and hired a number of graduates from the SUNY Purchase program and associate it with a certain level of training and competency.  Emerson on a resume would not mean much to me.

I'm with Matthew on this one, who's nicely articulated my observations and objections to a computer in rehearsal.

I take blocking with pencil and script; none of the Stage Managers I've hired so far take their blocking in computer and that's the way I intend to keep it that way.

I don't see how it's easier to type "counter-clockwise" than to draw a counter-clockwise arrow; I can think of numerous occasions where it's simpler to quick sketch a move than to try to describe it.

But the distraction from the rehearsal process is probably the biggest complaint I have when I've observed stage managers working from a laptop in the rehearsal hall.

(I was using mainframe computers at college to word-process my papers (and used justification tricks to make every paper the correct page count) well before it was common custom so I have no "fear" of technology -- but I'm a big believer in the right tool for the right job.  There are occasions where the analog solution is the most elegant, and I believe the  rehearsal hall is one of them.)

Post Merge: Mar 20, 2010, 02:38 pm
I only take down blocking when the director has finally made up their mind and runs the blocking for the cast to remember it, (the director is prone to change the blocking a lot when first rehearsing it, so i first watch and wait for the finished blocking to come out, then i notate it).

It may be different for opera, but this can be a dangerous habit to get into.

Not different for opera in my experience -- and I would not be likely to hire an opera PSM who worked in that fashion.

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