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Introductions / Re: been on hiatus since 9/11 - this year I'm back!
« Last post by VSM on Dec 12, 2021, 12:13 pm »
Hi Pam -
That's quite the journey!
Glad to hear you are so resilient.
THE CHOICE sounds incredible fun.
Welcome Aboard - search away - this site is a Treasure Trove!
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Introductions / been on hiatus since 9/11 - this year I'm back!
« Last post by Qcaller on Dec 11, 2021, 03:43 pm »
Hello -

New-ish member Pam West here.  My trail to PSM land has been long and circuitous.  Right out of college I did some small SM jobs and then got in as a PA in an equity house for two shows (worked with Mindy Paige Davis Page on Company).  Then I got married, my husband got laid off, and 9/11 happened all in the space of 2 weeks.  For the sake of our little traumatized family I took a permenent job as a medical secretary and did that for a decade, during which we had two kids.  Took some time off to be a full-time parent, worked as a traveling family photographer for a few years, returned to medical secretary land.  Then COVID hit and I lost my job due to [vaguely gestures at everything] stuff.  This past summer, I started working with our local community theatre and realized how much I missed theatre.  So now I'm back at it and trying to rebuild my path to a professional SM career after a 20-year break.

Funny story - husband and I produced a musical variety show for our church's youth group.  It ended up being a riff on The Voice called The Choice with the four judges being the 3 members of the Christian trinity plus 1 representative from down below.  The theology was a little crooked but the show was a hoot!  The kids created fake ad breaks for things like Real Housewives of Jerusalem.  Ten years later my husband still plays in the band that was formed for this one off show. 

Thanks for having me.  I welcome any advice for someone both new and old-hat in this game.

All the best and stay safe!

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The Hardline / Re: radio plays
« Last post by smejs on Dec 07, 2021, 05:40 pm »
I did a radio play through a LORT company in THE WEEK that SAG-AFTRA and AEA finally decided to talk with each other. They fought over jurisdiction, so definitely contact a union and ask. If it is NEVER connected to an Equity theatre, it could be strictly SAG-AFTRA (or non union). We did ours recording one person at a time, and we sent out sound/mic kits to people who didn't have their own setup. Then my sound designer painstakingly edited it all together with FANTASTIC extra sound effects. I got word last week they are re-releasing it, and I'm getting another chunk of payment as a result. Yay! But if they need to record, and your company is sending equipment, make sure you have a cheat sheet of how the device is run and/or (recommended) a sound person is in the call for setups too. We actually would do one setup the night before or morning of, then call the director into the Zoom when ready. We did Dropbox requests for them to send files, and had a naming protocol too (but also each had their own folder it went to to make it easier on our end. Hopefully yours is something you can simply all grab at once from the sound person being there, or recording Zoom - but remember that Zoom may "clip" voices if two talk at once. Oh, and to do ours one at a time, we had the recorder use a headset/earbuds so that the other person was in their ears, but the mic only picked up their own voice.
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Anyway for the attachment issue to get resolved? None of the attachments open on any of these posts.
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The Hardline / Re: radio plays
« Last post by maximillionx on Oct 05, 2021, 06:30 pm »
Agreed on jurisdiction, always check your rep.

I've mentored a few student projects like this and also supervised an original podcast release. Some tips:
• Make sure your audio team has all the resources.
• Schedule your call times with more time than you think you need. It takes longer, takes always go over, and you can't generally record more than one person effectively without all the right things coming together.
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The Hardline / Re: radio plays
« Last post by VSM on Oct 02, 2021, 10:49 am »
I would check with SAG/AFTRA as well as an AEA Representative. As the saying goes "Call Your Rep"
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The Hardline / radio plays
« Last post by mizi5620 on Sep 30, 2021, 03:13 pm »
I am looking into producing a radio/audio play that would be recorded like a podcast and released online. Has anyone done this? I am unclear if this type of work would fall under AEA's jurisdiction. 
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Hi All,

So glad to have found this resource. Wish it was available when I was working professionally.

These days I belong to an amateur company called the Tower Theatre in London, N16. We're working on a production of "Three Birds" by Janice Okoh which will be part of Black History Month in the UK. We open on October 16th. One of the props I need to make, (And I say this as someone who used to specialise as a Deputy Stage Manager so my prop making skills have never been brilliant), is two realistic dead chickens, plucked but otherwise intact. I think the term used in America is 'broiler chicken'. I need to be able to cut the head off one of the chickens with a small amount of blood coming out.

Does anyone one have any tips. So far my best, and I'm using that word very loosely, is to cast a real chicken using silicone then use the cast as a mould. Does anyone have any better ideas???

Many thanks.

laura Corkell.
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Job Postings / Kennedy Center: Soliciting resumes for Tour Crew positions
« Last post by Maribeth on Sep 14, 2021, 06:17 pm »
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences is soliciting resumes for the following position on upcoming tours: (Non-Union) Wardrobe/Props Supervisor with COVID Safety Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Wardrobe/Props Supervisor include, but are not limited to:
1.       Loading and unloading of the truck, assisting in the set up/strike of the set, and directing road cases to stage/truck in proper order.
2.       Setting up/strike of the prop tables and costume racks, unpacking and setting up all props and costumes during load-in.
3.       In coordination with the Stage Manager, assigning and setting up dressing rooms in each venue.
4.       Supervising and training local wardrobe personnel during the load-in, performance and load-out.  In conjunction with local crew, acting as a backstage dresser during each performance.
5.       Managing the backstage area during the run of the show, facilitating any prop hand-offs and helping the Sound Supervisor/ATD in the case of a sound-related problem.
6.       Laundering or overseeing the proper laundering of costumes. Timely maintenance/repairs of the properties and costumes.
7.       Serving as a truck driver and, when needed, maintaining all applicable paperwork (driver log, trip log and vehicle condition report).
8.       Providing COIVD Safety duties for the tour. Responsibilities include implementing and maintaining KC COVID protocols, including mask usage and weekly testing for a company of ten.

Compensation for this position is $750/week plus per diem and housing when on the road. The start date for our next tour is January 11th, 2022, and the expected end date is April 10th, 2022. If interested in this or future touring positions, please send a resume and an email indicating your interest in such positions to kctya@kennedy-center.org , with “TYA Tour Crew Position” in the subject line.
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Hi all! I'm seeking a stage manager last minute for a production of Mae West's "Sex" to be performed at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown. A (somewhat) paid vacation in Provincetown is included!
We're the Goat Exchange, a small theater company out of Harvard University. We're staging a fun, campy rendition of "Sex," and we're looking for a stage manager who would be able to join us for a week of rehearsals in New York (Sep. 13-17) followed by a week in Provincetown (Sep. 19-27). Housing in Provincetown is provided through the show dates (Sep. 23-27). There's a great cast lined up and it should be a wonderfully fun project to work on. Above all, as an emerging company we'd love to start working with a dedicated stage manager with a sense of humor as we develop more projects throughout the States and Europe, and, we hope, become able to pay our crew more!!
We are performing outdoors at The Boatslip, an iconic queer venue in Provincetown. The shows will be outdoors, and take place around a pool! This also means most of our rehearsals will take place outdoors and remain Covid-safe.
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