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Stage Manager’s Kit

Stage Directions’ blog about all things related to Stage Management

  • Summer Means a Change in (Theatre) Scenery

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | May 11, 2016When Vacation Becomes a Working VacationSummer is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing: summer stock!  In what other field do managers leave their jobs in the city only to take the same jobs in the country and consider it a break?  A Weekend in the Country isn’t a vacation – it is an awesome show-stopper to call night after night!  I have visited some truly beautiful parts of the country, only to sit in a dark room for most of the day. Read More...
  • Practically Perfect in Every Way?

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | April 29, 2016Are we trying too hard to balance everything perfectly?Should stage managers try to be perfect and what happens when we are not? Read More...
  • The Times They Are A’Changin’

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | April 22, 2016What if I don't want to head to the future?I am now officially an old SM.  Not because I have been doing this job for a quarter century.  But because today I found myself on the losing side of history.  All because of a phone call. Read More...
  • Does Stage Management define your Life, or does your Life define your Stage Management?

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | April 8, 2016One of the sessions I was most excited about at USITT was the very last Saturday session, the Stage Management Round Table. It was facilitated by Michele Kay and boasted a panel of awesome stage managers. They led us in a discussion about Vulnerability, Trust, Communication, Cooperation, Creativity, and Collaboration. We shared thoughts and stories about how each of these things are important and how they build upon one another like the layers of a cake to create a great process. Read More...
  • USITT Recap: Love at First Sight

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | April 3, 2016Author attending USITT with Jonathan Allender-Zivic (left) and Stephanie Schoelzel (right)It has been over a week since USITT and I am still processing the experience! I met some incredible people, saw some inspiring technology, and attended some stellar sessions. It was a wonderfully overwhelming experience and I can’t wait for next year! (St. Louis March 8-11)   Read More...
  • SM Switchboards

    David McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | March 25, 2016Bell System Switchboard; Photo: US NavyIf the stage manager is the communication hub of a production, do we need our own switchboard operator? Read More...
  • Where to Begin? First USITT Conference

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | March 15, 2016USITT Conference 2016, March 16-19As I prepare to attend my first ever USITT Conference I am overwhelmed by all of the sessions available - fortunately there is a session for that. Read More...
  • SM Kit Tools: Broadway Basics

    Lindsay Warnick | Stage Manager’s Kit | March 5, 2016Broadway Basics logoThis blog has focused on software and tools to help stage managers do their jobs.  We are also starting to explore workshops and other training resources.  If you know of a program that should be in the spotlight, post it in the comments below.  Our first SM training feature is Broadway Basics. Read More...
  • Be Prepared

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | March 1, 2016Fire Alarm, photo by Ben SchuminIf you were hoping this was a blog about the Lion King you will be sorely disappointed.While in rehearsal recently, the ever-dreaded emergency tone came over the loud speakers and a voice calmly told us to evacuate the building being sure to use the stairs and not the elevator. Read More...
  • Pay No Attention to the SM Behind the Curtain

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | February 26, 2016Are Stage Managers Ready to Step into the Spotlight?I’ve noticed a trend lately that has made me think; recently the “spotlight” has begun to shine backstage. Read More...
  • How Much Difference Does a Degree Make?

    Katy McGlaughlin | Stage Manager’s Kit | February 17, 2016Having recently embarked on my own MFA journey I find myself asking this question, a lot. When I was applying and even after I was accepted in to my program I constantly had to answer the similar question, “Why grad school?” I made the decision to go back to school for myriad reasons, some personal and some generic; after helping facilitate the National Stage Manager Survey (http://www.smsurvey.info) I started to wonder if there were trends in the benefits of going back to school. Read More...
  • Breaking Down Greased Lightning

    David J. McGraw | Stage Manager’s Kit | February 3, 2016A backstage video of Carrie Havel calling Greased Lightning is quickly going viral. A video quickly going viral (more than 850,000 views and 10,000 shares on Facebook as of Wednesday Feb. 3) is the Associate Director of Grease: Live! calling the camera shots for the song “Greased Lightning.” Carrie Havel does an amazing job calling the shots and I can’t wait to see a side-by-side view of the show and her call.  But let’s break down the call… Read More...
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