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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.

Stage Managers of tumblr:

our kits are like the TARDIS.

At first blush, nothing out of the ordinary,

but bigger on the inside.

It may be organized in an unconventional way,

but it contains everything necessary for saving the universe. repeatedly.

If we take care of it, it will take care of us,

and it will never fail to astonish those introduced to its wonder.

(not to mention, often found in the possession of incredibly sexy, quirky people)

Stage managers?

TIME LORDS.

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This is isn’t even first rehearsal…it’s just a read through….yet here I am slightly stressing that I’m not doing something right.

Aka how I live my whole life.

Here’s the deal. Lost power during half hour before tech the last night. Transformer blew and get this, it was the electric company’s staff picnic and everyone was too drunk to drive the bucket truck. 45 minutes later we call off tech, everyone goes home.

Except me, my PM, my director, my ME and the Box Office manager.

We do a mini bar crawl in a nearby town.

Today, I’m leaving a stumble thru of the Oscar Wilde play early to prep for a truncated tech, 2 runs, break for dinner and then opening night.

We will do an hour long show 3 times in 8 hours.

Let’s go.

Things I Have Googled In Rehearsal Today:

-who the Maricopa County Medical examiner is (Dr Kevin Horn)
-where the swinger community is in the Phoenix area (Mesa and Chandler)
-what is on at 4pm on television (Maury)

And I’ve been in rehearsal for less than 2 hours.

My job is weird.

so yesterday during onstage the SM team was being chatty over headset because rehearsal wasn’t too taxing and it’s just the three of us. the other (female) ASM and I had been talking off headset about how our “lady times” were both going to be during tech. I referred to it subtly over headset later and our (male) SM just goes, “Oh god, both of you?”

Pray for him.

(But seriously this alignment has happened on the last 5 shows I’ve worked on. It’s the worst)

So La Vie Boheme came up in this playlist and I was thrown back to high school and dreaming of being “an us for once” and I almost started crying because I wanted to tell 10th grade me that it finally happens and there are people out there who are not only going to tolerate your weird quirks but are gonna love that about you.

So yes, it does get better. Even when I’m sad and lonely, I’m not in 10th grade anymore and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyways, back to prepping for the show.

Of the three places I have interned in or after college, the only one where I felt like an honest to god intern in a positive way was where I worked this summer. I was a valued member of the company, I did work that was at the right level for my skill set, I was well-supervised but had opportunities to be a leader and take ownership over a show. Yes I was paid very little, but I also got out of some work (never had to work for any of the shops, didn’t have to work the full changeover) and my intern status and pay rate was never an excuse to treat me poorly. I never was treated poorly. I created good professional and personal relationships with every person in our intimate 50ish person company and have a good chance of coming back as a non-Equity stage manager for more money.

It was what an internship should be.

attention universe,

I got out of a 8:30a production meeting and 3 hours of morning rehearsal tomorrow, in exchange for monitoring the 2 hour R&J combat workshop in the evening.

So I get to sleep in, take a long shower AND watch cute actors kill each other with swords?

I’d like to thank God and also Jesus for this theatre miracle.