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Stage Manager’s Kit

Stage Directions’ blog about all things related to Stage Management

  • Near Future Tech for Stage Managers

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | March 27, 2017 You Are Now Leaving...The Future 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. Read More...
  • Stage Manager Longevity (and How to Achieve It)

    Marguerite Sugden | Stage Manager’s Kit | February 19, 2017  Courtesy of @happsters 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? Read More...
  • Why Stage Managers Are Included in the Actors’ Union

    Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier | Stage Manager’s Kit | January 23, 2017There were several ways for Harry Watson Jr. to join the union in 1925. [Guest Author: Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier] I’ve often wondered why stage managers are included in the actors' union. Wouldn’t it be more fitting for the stage managers to join the directors’ union? Or even the producers’ union? And yet, even from its founding, stage managers have always been included under the umbrella of AEA. Read More...
  • Making More than Minimum

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | January 8, 2017A question appeared on social media about gender wage equality for stage managers, which then led to a related question about how many Equity stage managers earn more than minimum union scale.  The 2015 edition of the Stage Manager Survey asked the 1,662 participants if they had tried to negotiate for a higher salary in their past three jobs: Read More...
  • Guidance for the Ones Who Keep It All Together

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | December 16, 2016Interviewing one of the authors of Stage Management Basics: A Primer for Performing Arts Stage Managers Stage managers are the linchpins of productions, involved in making sure everything happens smoothly, from before the first rehearsal to after strike, across all departments. And yet so often people starting out in the role are thrown into it with little preparation or guidance. Stage Management Basics: A Primer for Performing Arts Stage Managers from Routledge Press, written by Emily Roth, Jonathan Allender-Zivic and Katy McGlaughlin, aims to change that, offering clear advice for those starting in the field—and sharing a wealth of documents and tools to help stage managers keep it all together. The trio began working on this book several years ago and last year one of authors, Katy McGlaughin, started her studies in the MFA Stage Management program that I lead at the University of Iowa. We sat down to chat about the book, her co-authors, and why they think sharing tools is so necessary. Read More...
  • Punching the Clock

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | November 14, 2016How do new federal regulations impact our work hours and pay?Since the Department of Labor announced back in May the updated overtime regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act that take effect on December 1st, nearly every American industry has examined how – and how long - its employees work.  Perhaps this is the pendulum swinging back after decades of increased expectations of work hours, but all fields must now consider whether they have built their companies on the backs of employees who do not set their own schedules.  The performing arts are no different. Read More...
  • International Stage Management Day!

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | October 10, 2016Thanks go to the SMA UK for starting this party.This marvelous day got its start with the Stage Managers Association UK in 2013. It is a day to celebrate stage management in all of the many forms that it takes. (Leave it to stage managers to schedule and plan their very own day!) Read More...
  • But What If I Don’t Want the Applause?

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | October 7, 2016Why do I hate it when audiences applaud the SM?With International Stage Management Day occurring this past Monday, there is something that I need to get off my chest:  I HATE being acknowledged during curtain call. Read More...
  • A Rose by any Other Name

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | September 29, 2016What's in a Name?In a field where personal satisfaction often out-weighs monetary payment a title can mean a lot. When I was hired for my last job I was officially called the “Production Assistant/Stage manager;” in reality I was assisting the production manager, shopping/buying for the shop, managing budgets, contracting crew, stage managing the Main Stage season, and working with the Second Stage stage manager. After I had been working for several months, and really started to understand the scope of the job, I had a meeting with my boss about changing my title. Read More...
  • Adaptive Leadership

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | September 19, 2016How much do you change for each specific production? Photo by Sarah Smiley.If you work in a close-knit theatrical community, you can guess the director or choreographer of a show just by its staging.  And despite creating environments in multiple time periods and locations, many designers also have ‘visual signatures.’  So do stage managers have a style that is apparent to other theatre artists even when the SM is not physically present? Read More...
  • 3 Myths About Union Stage Managers

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | September 9, 2016SM MythsIn honor of Labor Day, here are three common myths about being a union stage manager: Read More...
  • CM-ET Lodestar Now IP Rated

    Jacob Coakley | Stage Manager’s Kit | August 31, 2016CaptionGETZVILLE, N.Y., August 30, 2016 – As part of our dedication to providing customers with the best products and services in the industry, Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCO), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, systems and services, has made significant improvements to its legendary CM‐ET Lodestar Classic electric chain motor. The CM‐ET Lodestar Classic now features an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP66 and is easier to service and maintain in the field. Read More...
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