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Mar. 14th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm Is this thing on?
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

So, I've just gotten a gig SMing "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." From what I hear, there's a lot of improv.

Any suggestions or tips out there for SMing *gulp* improv?
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Jan. 31st, 2011 @ 08:16 pm Graduation
I know this is an unusual post for this community, but I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm currently stage managing my school production, and with graduation fast approaching I find myself at a crossroads. I'm very tempted to lead the theater life, if not for the horrible pay! Anyways what I was wondering is if anyone has any tips for me, during this production and possibly further on down the road. My hope is that if I do a good job with this production, I may be offered an apprenticeship with this theater (I have a long history of past work with them). I'm just not entirely sure how to organize and prepare this show, seeing as it's my first time stage managing. Any help?
(Show is Kiss Me Kate)
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May. 27th, 2010 @ 09:39 am Vacate 700 MHz Band by June 12
I got this from my old Stage Management professor who got this from the Performing Arts Alliance. Just wanted y'all to be aware if y'all weren't already:

White Space Update -- Reminder to Vacate 700 MHz Band by June 12!Collapse )
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Feb. 1st, 2010 @ 06:29 pm (no subject)
Hi I was just revisiting Live Journal since its been awhile and I was wondering how much people still use this or has facebook completely taken over?
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Jan. 17th, 2010 @ 10:09 pm Shakespeare Theatre Company Stage Management Interns for 10/11
Never to early to start looking for interns for next season. Although all applications need to go through the education department, please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions: mshiner@shakespearetheatre.org

Season is TBA right now.

Stage Management
Stage management interns work closely with Equity and non-Equity stage managers, assisting in all aspects of stage management, from pre-production preparation into rehearsal and through the run of the show as part of the running crew. Interns may have the opportunity to stage manage special events and are eligible to receive EMC points.

SM interns also stage manage our Rediscovery series, a stage reading with AEA Company Members.

Housing + Stipend Available

Internships start roughly July 5, 2010 and continue thru June or July, 2011

Contact Us:
516 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Education Hotline: 202.547.5688

Link for more information: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/education/training/internships/apply.aspx


* Candidates should submit: a current resume, three references and a cover letter that indicates the specific internship they are applying for, dates of availability and responses to the following questions:
o Why are you interested in an internship at this time? Why have you chosen the Shakespeare Theatre Company?
o What qualities, skills and interests make you the best candidate for this internship?
o What are your career goals? How does an internship at the Shakespeare Theatre Company help you to achieve them?


* Intern/fellow candidates for Theatre Management, Artistic, Development, Education, Directing and PR/Marketing should include a 3-5 page writing sample or excerpt. Writing samples can be academic in nature, formal critiques, essays, press releases, grant evaluations/proposals, original lesson plans/curriculum or director’s notes. Candidates should avoid submitting creative writing samples such as script excerpts or poetry.
* Intern candidates for Production Management, Sound, Electrics, Stage Properties, Stage Management, Technical Direction and Graphic Design should include portfolio samples (in place of a writing sample). These samples can include attachments to photos/files or links to online portfolios. Candidates should avoid submitting originals or large, hard-copy portfolio items.
* Apprenticeship candidates should make sure to indicate that the application is being submitted for consideration for an Apprenticeship and indicate the specific department (as there is no general apprenticeship). Additionally, apprenticeship candidates should note the span of time s/he is available for.
* Summer internship candidates should make sure to indicate that the application is being submitted for consideration for a Summer Education Internship.

Send completed application via email to: STCinterns@shakespearetheatre.org

Or via postal service to 2010-2011 Internships and Fellowships
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 Eighth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Or via fax to: 202.547.0226

Due to the high volume of applications, please do not call or email as the education department will not be able to return phone calls and emails in a timely manner. All candidates will receive email verification of receipt (please allow 1-2 weeks for processing).
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Nov. 13th, 2009 @ 10:32 am picking a job.....HELP!
I haven't felt this much of a dilemma about work things for a long time. So please help:

I agreed to SM the showcase for the grad students I've worked with already. Said showcase pays $425/wk for 6 weeks, from March 29 through May 9th. I signed the contract in JUNE. Perks of this show are: traveling to New York and LA, seeing the final work of the students I've worked with already. Drawbacks: Less money, gives me a 7 week hole in my schedule from Feb. 7th to March 29th (which I still might be able to fill with some other project).

This WEEK I got offered the SM position on the school tour I did last year. Tour pays (if it's the same as last year) $600/wk for 6 weeks, from March 1 to April 11th, with a possible one week extension. Perks of this show: I know all the material already, I had fun last year. Drawbacks: would probably have to get out of the showcase contract, sometimes getting up at 5 AM and doing a show at a school sucks my soul, still leaves me with an awkward 3 week gap in February.

This week I also interviewed for a position SMing a production of Annie at a big non-eq house in the area. It would be my biggest show that I've ever stage managed myself, and they want to do auditions Apr 24-26th. (The SM has to be involved with auditions......it's a thing they do there.) This would conflict with the showcase, but not the tour. I haven't *actually* been offered the job, but the artistic director seemed really interested in me. This show pays about $2200 and has a long rehearsal period over the summer, but is only nights and weekends so I could feasibly get a day job.

So now, what do I do?

some points to consider:
a) I was really looking forward to traveling to New York and LA, and seeing my students all graduated
b) I *HATE* backing out of contracts
c) the school tour pays about $1,000 more than the showcase and doesn't conflict with Annie
d) I haven't actually been offered the Annie show, and the audition dates haven't been set yet anyway
e) where the hell am I going to work in February and March?

a) do the showcase, you signed the contract ages ago and it would be really sad to back out of it; just look for another show to do in Feb/March
b) back out of the showcase, do the tour, and use the extra money to go to New York and LA on your own
c) since the showcase production manager said the rehearsal/dates weren't flexible, see if the dates of the school tour are flexible
d) do you *really* want to do Annie? *REALLY?!?!*

General question: how much of a difference in pay is acceptable to use as a reason to back out of a contract?

and: is it even appropriate to ask if they could adjust the dates of the school tour?
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green me
Sep. 8th, 2009 @ 12:57 am Cover Letter
Hey everyone!

I need suggestion for cover letters for internships. Content, length, tone, any insight would be great!

Also has anyone here ever done The Hostage? If you have, hit me up :)

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Sep. 7th, 2009 @ 06:07 pm Stage Champagne?
Hi all,

I am stage managing a college production of Manuscript by Paul Grellong. This show requires a champagne bottle to be opened onstage. We need the audible pop of the cork. We obviously can't have them drinking real champagne during the show. I am having some trouble tracking down a non-alcoholic alternative with the appropriate cork. Does anyone have suggestions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Don't know me
Jul. 31st, 2009 @ 11:19 pm (no subject)
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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Jul. 18th, 2009 @ 12:47 am Damn directors
I'm getting sick and tired of this director I'm working with treating me like a child
I have five years experience of be a stage manager and damnit I'm good at it
I'm sorry I'm not"your stage manager" but your s.m. ran off
So please just let me do my job

I know you guys have dealt with directors like this right?
I just feel a bit attacked being compared to a woman who worked with him for ten years and I'm trying my best to fill her shoes
I just can't seem to do anything right regardless of my resume
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