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I would include run crew, board ops, etc. One note however is that I would put set construction on as being a carpenter. On your resume you can also include stuff that isn't theatre. I would suggest having a separate section for anything outside of theatre as well as a section for any additional skills you feel you want to include. You could also include any awards you might have won.

Just a disclaimer I am going into senior year myself, but this is pretty much how my resume is set up. Feel free to PM me and I can send you a copy if you are curious to see what mine looks like.

Tools of the Trade / Re: TOOLS: GaffGun
« on: Apr 16, 2015, 09:29 pm »
We just got one at my school. Although I haven't had a chance to use it myself, I have seen cables that were taped using the Gaff Gun. From what I can tell it is fine but not amazing. It wasn't all that neat. With this being said, I don't know if when it was used the adapter was used to that it worked as it should. I suppose that it got the job done. I don't know how much time it actually saved. I will be tapping down a dance floor with it in the next month so it will be interesting to actually use it myself.

I am working on the same thing (not as a class, but more for fun.) I would make it specific to your school so that future stage managers can not only use your handbook not only as a how to do certain tasks but also where to go for what. Of course you can be as detailed as you want/see fit. As others have said, break it into sections. Pre-production, auditions, first rehearsals, etc. Have examples of paper work for each section. You don't want to make it too long where it is overwhelming for a new stage manager to read, but at the same time you want it to be helpful to them. 

Introductions / Hey everyone
« on: Apr 16, 2015, 09:01 pm »
Hello fellow stage managers. Although I have been on the site for some time I have just become a member. I am a high school junior and have worked locally in community theater as well as in small regional theater. I recently was the PSM for The Pajama Game and before that The Laramie Project. I will be applying to BFA programs next year, so any advice on that would be much appreciated. I am also a member of my schools honorary drama society. I am so excited to be able to talk with other stage managers and see what people have to say.

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Bad ASM\'s
« on: Apr 15, 2015, 09:24 am »
As annoying as it can be to have a "bad" ASM in high school, you have to keep in mind that it is high school. As a high school student myself who was in a similar situation earlier this year I understand what you are saying. I try to maintain a certain level of professionalism in any show I work on, but this can obviously be hard if you have an ASM who isn't 100% invested the same way you are. My advice is just to do the best you can to teach your ASM what they need to know. Try to have meetings with her to check in and see how she is doing.

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