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Stage Management: Other / Performing Arts Workforce Study (US)
« Last post by megf on Jul 06, 2020, 01:33 pm »
Together with the SM Survey's terrific principal investigator, David McGraw, I have developed and launched RETURN TO THE STAGE, a study of Performing Arts workers in the United States. Rather than an economic impact study, this effort is focused on documenting coping strategies, future aspirations and expectations for the field, and individual plans for the future in the performing arts workforce.

Given the outsize importance of SMNetwork in my own professional life, it seemed a no-brainer to share the survey here. David and I plan to provide a report public, free of charge, later this summer.

We have a strong response from folx in Theater; we are especially interested in bringing in more responses from people whose primary discipline is Opera, Dance, Music, Puppetry, etc. One approach that has been somewhat successful is for SMs to email the FAQ below to their most recent schedule/report distribution lists, together with a personal note. David and I are also happy to answer any questions, or see you join the mailing list through the study website (link below).


RETURN TO THE STAGE is a longitudinal study of performing arts workers in the United States, designed to understand COVID-19 related impacts and to begin documenting a broad future vision for the field. It is a collaborative, grassroots effort led by Meg Friedman (LinkedIn) and David McGraw (About).

Additional information and survey link:

Why are you doing this?

The workforce is the lifeblood of the performing arts sector.  Performing arts workers are also uniquely resilient and creative, accustomed to working for multiple employers on very short contracts, developing new team dynamics on tight deadlines, and creating performances in new and non-traditional spaces. This survey will help us understand how the performing arts workforce is experiencing the effects of COVID-19 related restrictions, what kinds of coping strategies the workforce is using, and what hopes the performing arts field has for its future in the months and years to come.

There exist several excellent studies of producing and presenting organizations but more research needs to be done of the workforce itself independent of the primary employer.

Who should take it?

Anyone who has worked or volunteered in the Performing Arts in the United States in the past 12 months is eligible to participate in this study.  All participants should be at least 18 years old.  The initial survey and each subsequent edition (January 2021 and July 2021) should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Your input is anonymous, and individual data will never be shared.

When should/can I take the survey?

The survey will be open for two weeks starting Wednesday, July 1.  At the end of the survey you will be asked for your name and email on a separate survey (to protect the anonymity of your responses) to be contacted again in January 2021 and July 2021 for short follow-up surveys.  The report of the July 2020 survey will be made freely available by late summer.

Questions? returntothestage [at] gmail [dot] com.

Survey Link:

Announcements / Re: Server changes and upgrades in process
« Last post by PSMKay on Jun 26, 2020, 10:22 am »
Ok if you're seeing this post we're on the new server. (Well, the old server that I rebuilt and moved us back to.)

It's taking some time for the DNS changes to propagate. People using slower internet providers will see a closed version of the site in "Maintenance Mode". Depending on where you connect (home, work, Starbucks wiki, etc.) you may see the old or the new version of the site for a few days.

I've decided to put the Internship survey out to pasture since during its entire lifespan we only got about 80 reviews. BTDT is working although there may be some bugs. The mobile version should be working although I may switch us to a different theme that's responsive by default so we don't have to use that wonky grey one anymore. Or I may finally bite the bullet and make my own theme, we'll see. :)

Congratulations on needing a script!

I'm sorry I don't have it, just wanted to say Congratulations!
Hard to believe I'm posting here after everything that's happened, but looking for the script/score to "13 the Musical."
Tools of the Trade / Re: iPad Pro for Blocking?
« Last post by DiploMattOnline on Jun 14, 2020, 09:33 am »
An app that Iíve started using on the iPad is ďNeboĒ. It transcribes any handwritten notes on the app (using Apple Pencil) into typed. Itís very accurate. I wrote 4 pages of notes and only had 2 or 3 mistakes. It also learns from your handwriting to make it better. There is a sketch function, diagram function, math function and more. Plus, itís free!
Announcements / Server changes and upgrades in process
« Last post by PSMKay on Jun 05, 2020, 06:48 pm »
Hi peeps!

I'm moving servers again, probably will do so twice within the next month or two. Expect periodic outages of a couple of days here and there. I've moved us to a temporary home on a cheap shared server while I tear down and rebuild the bigger production server that's housed us for years. Once the rebuild is done, I'll move us back.

Think of it like decamping to a hotel while contractors work on your house.

I'm doing some much needed upgrades on the forum software simultaneously.

On the plus side, the Search function is finally working again after a year!

On the minus side, several of the mods that have been used for many years are no longer compatible with the newest version of the software, so until I can crack open the code and fix it manually things will be a little barebones. BTDT and the Intern survey are both offline.

The "Thanks" feature has been replaced with a new one. Old "Thank you" tallies are not lost but are inaccessible at the moment. I'll try to figure out how to move them over at some point. There may be some other broken links like the Homework Help request form that just don't work while we're in our temporary home.

I figured it best to do it this way so you at least had something to look for the 4-6 weeks it will take for me to rebuild, even if it's a sort of hacky and slow server.

Many apologies for any bugs or weirdness. You should at least be able to read, post and search.
Employment / Re: Covid-19 cancelled job on resume?
« Last post by Mac Calder on Apr 19, 2020, 02:59 am »
In the resume, no - absolutely not!

If you worked the job but it never opened, then yes, because you worked the role (although I might note that the show never opened).... but if you were successful in getting the job and then the job fell through for other reasons - you don't list it. You gained no experience from it.

It is certainly something that can be talked in within the cover letter for a few months. Maybe a year, at most. More to do with how excited you were to be selected for the opportunity and disappointed that it did not eventuate due to COVID-19. Maybe a sentence or 2 at most.

Every employer is expecting to see a gap in peoples resumes over this period - so having that gap in the resume is not an issue.
Employment / Re: Covid-19 cancelled job on resume?
« Last post by NJ.JerrySmith on Apr 16, 2020, 06:52 pm »
I had planned on keeping the shows that had been canceled and noting them with a special flag (like I do for world premieres, current projects, etc). They are also however moving to the top of my list to remove from my resume once other credits can replace them. 
Employment / Re: Covid-19 cancelled job on resume?
« Last post by RuthNY on Apr 16, 2020, 10:59 am »
I would choose to discuss that in my cover letter but NOT include it on my resume.

Most of my students have lost their summer stock positions for this summer because of Covid-19.  Should they still list the job on their resumes since they did get the job but were unable to work?  Should they indicate that it was cancelled due to Covid-19?
Employment / Re: Covid-19 cancelled job on resume?
« Last post by BenTheStageMan on Apr 15, 2020, 03:17 pm »
While I sometimes do list upcoming shows (notated as "Upcoming"), I do think it's disingenuous to list a cancelled project if you know it's been canceled.  The Resume is a list of experiences not just theoretical work.
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