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mscarmenb asked: Hello! I'm a theatre teacher who's teaching tech to kids for the first time - as a long-time actor and someone who got thrust into the job of director/producer, sometimes I feel like I'm not sure how to teach my kids how to do all these tech jobs! I have one amazing student who is chomping at the bit to stage manage, and I've invited her to be an ASM with an SM who was never trained by the previous teacher on how to do the job. What's the best advice or resource I could point either kiddo to?

housetohalf:

oh my gosh what a wonderful challenge! Theatre teachers are so important and you’re awesome for doing everything you do.

I’ve gotten questions like this before and it’s prompted me to pull together a book list of books that I personally recommend. It’s mostly stage management books, with some that are more about tech and design and general theatre history, since that’s good to know too. It’s here.

But honestly books are such a small part of how most SMs learn. Work and example is a lot of it. If you can, reach out to local theatre companies big and small, they’ve all got stage managers and I’m willing to bet most of them would be totally flattered that someone is interested in what they do and would be open to letting them shadow them at the theatre or at least chat with them over coffee. I know I would. Also see if they or any local colleges with a summer stock do internships for high school students…the two direct reasons I became a stage manager were both internships, one with a local theatre during the school year and one with a college across the state the summer after my junior year.

The SM Network, which is as old as the internet itself, is a great resource, both with show-specific questions and with career things like BA vs BFA and internships and stuff.

And of course, the Stage Managers of Tumblr are always here if you or your students have any questions. levianitythankyoufive, kkchai, endlessly-fascinating/lights-one-go, lifebackstageright, lipscopperwire, promptsidestory, and thegirlwithcrayons are the first to come to mind as late college/young professional SMs, and there are at least twice as many more I could add.

I wish you and your students all the best and I hope you make good work, entertain, and inspire your students and your audiences.

-Katie 

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laina:

laina:

laina:

this guy was watching the vmas with me and now he’s educating himself how precious is that

he keeps asking me all these questions about aspects of feminism and he’s like “so basically it’s about letting women do what they want without being judged for it” and I was like yea and he was like “oh okay that’s so simple why isn’t everyone a feminist” it’s precious

update: I banged him

laina:

laina:

laina:

this guy was watching the vmas with me and now he’s educating himself how precious is that

he keeps asking me all these questions about aspects of feminism and he’s like “so basically it’s about letting women do what they want without being judged for it” and I was like yea and he was like “oh okay that’s so simple why isn’t everyone a feminist” it’s precious

update: I banged him

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housetohalf:

As a stage manager, I feel like the highest compliment you can give me is your trust.

Directors trust that I’m writing it all down, facilitating communication, coordinating the group and that once the show opens, that I will keep the show running as intended

Designers trust that I will keep them involved with the goings-on in rehearsal, that their artistic visions is upheld with every performance.

ASMs trust that I am delegating fairly, not going to overwhelm them with work, micromanage them or throw them under the bus.

Actors trust that I am advocating for their safety when they cannot, that I am preparing or overseeing the preparation of the rehearsal hall, dressing room, and stage so that they do not have to pull focus from their work to worry about a prop being tracked or a broken refrigerator in the green room.

Crew personnel and technicians trust that the paperwork and information I give them is accurate and correct, and that they will not be unfairly blamed for mistakes that are not their fault based on decisions and actions made from my paperwork.

I trust all of these different groups as well, and they all trust each other.
Trust makes good theatre happen.

well said katie!

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bookshop:

solongasitswords:

nullbula:

thesylverlining:

what happened in roughly 1870 though
why was there temporary internet
with a few people searching for pokemon?

It’s a search of Google books, but the question still stands, what the Fuck happened in 1870

I CAN ANSWER THIS!!
In the Cornish dialect of English, Pokemon meant ‘clumsy’ (pure coincidence).
In the mid 1800s there was a surge of writing about the Cornish language and dialect in an attempt to preserve them with glossaries and dictionaries being written. I wrote about it HERE.


I just love that this post happened to find the ONE HUMAN ON THE INTERNET who had the answer to this question

i love this. i should have been a linguist.

bookshop:

solongasitswords:

nullbula:

thesylverlining:

what happened in roughly 1870 though

why was there temporary internet

with a few people searching for pokemon?

It’s a search of Google books, but the question still stands, what the Fuck happened in 1870

I CAN ANSWER THIS!!

In the Cornish dialect of English, Pokemon meant ‘clumsy’ (pure coincidence).

In the mid 1800s there was a surge of writing about the Cornish language and dialect in an attempt to preserve them with glossaries and dictionaries being written. I wrote about it HERE.

I just love that this post happened to find the ONE HUMAN ON THE INTERNET who had the answer to this question

i love this. i should have been a linguist.

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I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

-George Petrie (1945)

I look at this every day. I am an Auburn Woman. I believe in Auburn and love it. 

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fuckyeahgreatplays asked: Bird help: I worked on Lizzie, where we has to behead pigeons. The bodies were rubber, painted and hollow with a blood pack inside. They had a replaceable neck so it was sort of floppy, and then heads. All covered in feathers. They moved a bit with the actress in hand and when the head came off, blood packet burst. This might not work for you but maybe it helps!

places--please:

Rubber like a rubber chicken?

Or something else? Were they built or purchased, and if purchased where did they come from? Did the feathers come with it? If not, how were they attached?

We’re stuck on trying to figure out how to actually build the body, before we can worry about the beheading mechanism… although honestly that part seems the easiest. We’re thinking magnets for the head and an enema for the blood (only the rooster needs blood. The chicken will be a blackout right as the knife hits the chopping block so we don’t need any blood for that one). But the physical form of the body is where we’re hitting a roadblock.

I spent 35 minutes of rehearsal time this morning out of the room on the phone with my props designer talking him down from a ledge a little bit… these chickens aren’t my responsibility, but he’s completely clueless as to how to execute this prop, so I’m just trying to see if I can’t cast a little bit wider net.

Have you checked on SMNet yet? Check the Been There Done That, and see if anybody’s done this play yet. I’m sure there’s someone, it’s August Wilson FFS. Somebody on SMNet must have done this show…

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places—please:

Working on “Seven Guitars,” and we need to kill two chickens on stage. Well, a chicken and a rooster. All the other chickens can be totally fake, hard bodies, made of foam or molded plastic. Those are easy to come by. But we need two that can look like they are alive before their heads get cut off. We’re not concerned about how to rig the head or the blood - once we have the bodies we can play with this, and we already have some ideas - but we really need some help with the actual bodies of the “live” killable chickens. One of them is killed held in a person’s hands, the other needs to be flopped on a table first.

We’ve got requests out to props designers who have done this show before, but nobody’s responding and time is running out. Any suggestions?

SIGNAL BOOSTING

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bridgetwoodbury:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

I will never apologize for the selfie. 

bridgetwoodbury:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

I will never apologize for the selfie. 

(Source: nevver)