Stage Management

Candidate registration for the 2019 URTAs is now open!

MFA training in theatre begins with URTA! At the URTAs, you can audition and interview with our 43 member universities all in one place, on a single day. Why navigate dozens of different applications, fees, appointments, and travel when you can get it all done at the URTAs? Choose your city—New York, Chicago, or San Francisco—and register to be seen by our recruiters in either acting, design, directing, stage management, or arts leadership. Our nationally ranked member schools boast professional faculty, a commitment to the highest standards in professional, graduate training, and are peer-reviewed on a continuing basis. Most also offer various forms of financial assistance. Graduates of URTA programs are working on Broadway, in top theatres across the country, in film, television, and bey...

How to Tape a Circle – Ruth’s Method

BY RUTH KRAMER via www.stagemanagers.org The taped out rehearsal room of “Tuck Everlasting” at Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute. Photo by Elynmarie Kazle To tape a circle using this method, without string, chalk or plotting multiple points, you need two people, a roll of spike tape, and a metal tape measure (the almost square kind that locks and has a flat bottom, enabling it to stand up by itself.) The only two measurements you need are the coordinates of the center point of the circle, and the length of the circle’s radius. Locate the center point of the circle and place a good size dot or an “X” on the floor. One person sits at the center of the circle holding the “zero” end of the tape measure on the center point. That person’s job is to hold it there, and allow the tape measure t...

Register for the LiNK Grad School Auditions & Interviews! (Hosted by USITT & SETC)

Where Master’s Candidates and Recruiters Connect SETC and USITT partner each fall to bring graduate theatre degree programs together with people considering options for interviews, auditions, and information exchange. Connect with more than 50 programs across theatre disciplines including Acting, Design, Technology, and Management. Explore your options for advanced education and find your dream grad program in one convenient, affordable location. 5th Annual LiNK When: Nov. 9-11, 2018 Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Airport  |  Atlanta, GA For Candidates Register early with your resume, portfolio, and head shot for advance review by recruiters. $50 Early Registration: Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2018 $75 Late Registration: Sept. 13 – Oct. 24, 2018 $95 Onsite Registration: Onsite...

OPINION: Will there ever be a Tony Award for Stage Management?

BY MATTHEW STERN via www.stagemanagers.org The 2017-18 Broadway season is officially in the rearview mirror and culminated in the Tony Awards a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the season and about stage managers.  Because stage management is what I think about. And I wondered why there isn’t a Tony Award for the stage manager? Our industry honors so many in our industry, but on its special nationally televised night. There is no stage management acknowledgement. In fact, there is no annual stage management award at any of the big ceremonies: Drama Desks, Obies, Outer Circle Critics, Lortels, etc… It would be great to be recognized, of course; but we stage managers don’t make the cut. Why? Here are my six reasons why stage managers don’t get awards #1. Awards focus on what...

A Day in the Life of Hamilton’s Stage Manager

BY MARC J. FRANKLIN via www.playbill.com By the time Hamilton’s Amber White takes her perch in the stage manager’s booth at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, an entire theatrical engine has been hard at work, ready to cross its final hurdle: show time. Following her through her daily workload, we see what it takes to raise the curtain on Broadway each night. Hamilton production stage manager Amber White Marc J. Franklin After a long day of preparation, the company stands in the wings. Patrons shuffle into their seats. White sits before her script. With her call, the lights on the stage fade as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical comes to life for yet another performance. Hamilton‘s stage management officeMarc J. Franklin Bringing a show to the stage nightly requires a complex ecosystem of cast a...

SEEKING IMMEDIATE FEMALE ASM REPLACEMENT – Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede Repertory Theatre has lost a female Assistant Stage Manager and needs an immediate replacement. Starts as early as this week (June 12th) and runs through August 26th. This is a multi-show track running in rep. Non-Equity Position replacing female in a shared female housing situation. Email devonmukosm@gmail.com with resume and cover letter for specific contract information.    

Stage Manager 101: Who We Are & Why We’re Important

via www.onstageblog.com   Cristina D’Almeida What does a Stage Manager do? It’s the hardest question I’m asked and one that people ask me almost every time I tell a person that I “SM” productions. I always struggle with where to start because there is literally so many aspects of the job. It is such a complex department of the theatre world and there is no single answer to the question. This is my approach and hopefully, I can offer some useful tips to all of you stage managers out there. For me, I usually like to start with discussing the rehearsal period for a stage manager because it is the longest period and one where you really learn the show and the working elements it takes to make the production come to life. One of the first jobs you have as a stage ma...

How Much Money Do Broadway Actors Make?

BY LOGAN CULWELL-BLOCK via www.playbill.com If you’ve ever wondered how much your favorite Broadway artists earn for the work they do, you’re in luck. Thanks to public standard union contracts, we know what the base salary is for Broadway performers, stage managers, and musicians. These minimum rates are only for professionals on Broadway and are calculated by the week since, unlike other vocations who report annual salaries, artists will not necessarily be employed by their Broadway show for a full year. Data for actors and stage managers comes from Actors’ Equity. These figures are valid as of October 2, 2017, and are scheduled to remain through September 29, 2018, after which most of these rates will increase slightly. Musician pay rates comes from Local 802. Their rates are valid as of...

The 2018 USITT Young Designers, Managers & Technicians Awards

via www.stage-directions.com Eleven young technical theatre artists will receive Young Designers, Managers & Technicians (YDMT) Awards at USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 15, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The YDMT Awards bring recognition and support to early career designers, managers, and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors. YDMT winners receive free Conference registration to the four-day USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, plus cash prizes and an impressive addition to their resumes. Listed below are the winners. Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award Courtney Foxworthy – Indiana University The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making, sponsored by Judy Ada...

FREE 1 Hour Webinar: Designing in 3D for Broadway’s “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”

Want to know how to model completely in 3D for theater productions? Join Amanda Stephens, senior associate designer at David Korins Design, Inc., for a free, one-hour webinar as she walks through her workflow for the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Attendees will learn best practices and tips and tricks on importing DWGs, using symbols, and moving from 2D drafting to 3D modeling. Wednesday, January 24 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Learning Objectives: Discover the advantages of working in 3D over 2D and how this applied to Dear Evan Hansen. Explore how to work with 3D models to create sheet layouts that look like 2D drawings. Find out how to integrate video elements into the design via precise storyboarding. Learn how the real-time 3D model was created in Dear Evan Hansen to assis...

REGISTER NOW for the Best Practices: Inclusive and Accessible Theatre Symposium

It’s not too late to register for the Best Practices: Inclusive and Accessible Theatre Symposium! HOSTED BY: The American Alliance for Theatre & Education WHEN: February 2 – 4, 2018 WHERE: The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 Join theatre educators, artists and scholars from near and far for this exciting gathering in downtown Louisville, KY. Hosted by the Kentucky Center for the Arts, one of the nation’s most accessible performing arts complexes, this weekend intensive will offer keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and a sensory-friendly performance including a pre-show touch tour. Come explore one of the country’s most arts-rich communities, and leave with practical tools you can use at home: in your classroom, and your theatre! Keynote: Storyteller, Playw...

The Overlooked Characteristics of a Great Stage Manager

via www.theatreartlife.com When someone asks what makes a good stage manager, our answers are usually along the lines of organised, hard working, good humoured, tough, good with people. There are a few skills, though, that are less discussed – generosity, passion, persistence, consistency and care. All the best stage managers I have encountered have all of these. They are ‘soft skills’ – difficult to learn at university but can be fostered within oneself. Generosity The stage manager I looked up to the most when I was younger was the most generous person I knew. She was generous with her time, generous with her laugh, generous with her patience. As I found my way further into the field of stage managing, I practised generosity as a way to emulate her. After a while, I found my own groove a...

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