Photo by Peter Woodward
Photo by Peter Woodward

Overstocking Our Pond?

David J. McGraw

I’ll give credit to social media for one thing: it allows you to see if others are facing the same problems.  Recently there was an online discussion about shadowing, a topic near and dear to me, not just as a training tool for new stage managers but also as an opportunity for established stage managers to reflect.  Nothing like having company over to motivate you to clean up your place/calling station/callboard/promptbook!

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Wendy Eastland is a Hispanic Stage Manager
Wendy Eastland is a Hispanic Stage Manager

Passion, Opportunity, and Problem Solving

Ross Jackson

An Interview with Wendy Eastland, Stage Manager

Wendy was born in Honduras and her family moved to the U.S. when she was two. She is from Cedar Hill, TX, about 30 minutes south of Dallas, TX. Though currently live in Dallas, TX, Wendy will soon be moving to Philadelphia, PA where she spent two years after graduating from college, establishing a sense of home. She is a stage manager for primarily straight plays and musicals so far. Wendy identifies as Hispanic. 

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Near Future Tech for Stage Managers

David J. McGraw

The annual USITT conference wrapped up in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago and I had the pleasure of participating in two panels and attending several others. I also clearly did not budget enough time on the Stage Expo floor: three hours was not enough time to check out all of the latest technology and software advances. But there are two pieces of near-future tech that I didn’t see but I am convinced someone should invent for stage managers.

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"If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit"  ~Banksy

Stage Manager Longevity (and How to Achieve It)

Marguerite Sugden

 

Do stage managers have a ticking time bomb working against them? Is there some sort of magic number of years or experiences or productions that they can work on before getting burnt out? It almost seems inevitable that a stage manager cannot manage the stage forever. Why is this? What are the causes and can it be avoided or fixed?

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Leah Ramillano is a Filipino-American Scenic Designer
Leah Ramillano is a Filipino-American Scenic Designer

The Safe Place to Explore Unsafe Ideas

Ross Jackson

An Interview with Leah Ramillano, Scenic Designer

Leah Ramillano is a Filipino-American Scenic Designer based out of Los Angeles and Orange County. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Redlands, Leah participated in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s FAIR program, where she worked as an Assistant Scenic Artist, and then later at PCPA [Pacific College of the Performing Arts] Theaterfest as a Scenic Art Intern. Later, she designed the world premiere of Ser! (written and performed by Karen Anzoategui) at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Then, she designed Sueños Sin Fronteras under Cornerstone Theater Company’s Teatro Jornalero. Leah will be graduating from the University of California, Irvine with an MFA in Scenic Design in June 2017. Her main stage designs include The Liquid Plain, These Shining Lives, and Parade.

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Xavier Pierce
Xavier Pierce

Storytelling Through Lighting Design

Porsche McGovern

For this post in Illuminations, I interview Xavier Pierce, a New York-based lighting designer with strong ties to the Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Mint Theatre.  In this interview, Xavier talks about how he began his journey, advice for starting a career in theatrical lighting design, and the importance of mentors and role models.

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