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All-day conference produced by the SMA
« on: Oct 18, 2010, 01:57 pm »
I know some members of the SMNetwork are members of the SMA, but for those who are not, I wanted to pass on the information.  You do not need to be a member of the SMA to attend.


It has been more than 25 years since a few Stage Managers gathered to share stories, frustrations, solutions and camaraderie in a bar in New York City.  Now we have come full circle, gathering above a bar for an industry-wide all-day conference produced by the SMA!

THEATER – A VIEW FROM THE WINGS:  Conversations with Directors, General Managers and Stage Managers will take place on Monday, November 8th beginning at 10 AM at Connolly’s Klub 45, at 121 West 45th Street, NYC, on the 3rd floor.
We hope that it will serve as a catalyst for exploring the changes in producing theater today and how these changes affect the artistic process and the daily life of shows.
We also hope that you will get the word out.  In addition to the now-standard emails, tweets and Facebook listings, we’d like you to talk it up! If you are working on a show, please engage your Company Managers and General Managers and Directors in a discussion about why this kind of conference is important to all of us.  Convince those who think this is merely a teaching tool to realize that, in these fast changing times, we must all find new ways of understanding our roles and adapt the ways we work together for the good of the industry.
We are counting on you!  Please help make our first conference a success.
Zoya Kachadurian, Event Producer
Here is more about the conference:

THEATER - A VIEW FROM THE WINGS will have three panels. One will explore the Relationship of the General Manager and the Stage Manager, from the perspective of each:  how stage managers can simultaneously protect the business needs and the artistic interests of the show, and what significant changes have occurred in the industry in the past decade.  Panelists will include Charlotte Wilcox, Ben Sprecher and Peter Bogyo.

Another panel will explore the unique Relationship of The Stage Manager and the Director, including artistic maintenance (with and without Associate Directors) and how SMs represent the Director's interests after the show has opened.  Currently on the panel are Sheryl Kaller (Broadway’s Next Fall and Off Broadway’s Adrift in Macao, and the upcoming Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse) and Timothy Douglas (former associate artistic director of Actors’ Theater of Louisville, director of the world premier of Radio Golf for Yale Repertory and countless other shows across the country)

Our final panel will be The SM and the New Media Technology, the benefits and challenges to production, and will feature innovators in this emerging industry.  It will be moderated by David Grindle, Executive Director of USITT.

There will be a networking lunch, and the day ends with a cocktail reception featuring the presentation of Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Stage Management to Susie Cordon, Alan Hall and Porter Van Zandt.

To register, go to  The deadline for registering if you plan to include lunch is October 30, 2010.
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