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The Top 10 Items Needed by Stage Managers

Stage managers are the unsung heroes of every production. With responsibilities ranging from maintaining show continuity, giving actors notes during the run, managing rehearsals, and calling show cues, there’s never a dull moment in the world of stage management. Often the most prepared and multi-talented theatre professionals, a stage manager comes to every rehearsal and performance with a kit full of organizational tools and show-saving tools. Here are ten of the best SM kit goodies.
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A Lighting Designer Focuses on Life: An Interview

Whether it’s as simple as lighting an actor’s face for visibility, or a special effect for musicals like Sweeney Todd, a lighting designer’s job is all about problem solving. As a full-time freelance designer, Kevin spends at least one, but usually two or three weeks a month in tech rehearsals in theaters throughout California. “It is a hard but absolutely wonderful life. If you’re like I was in high school and have any inkling to do theatre, do it.” Read our latest interview on StageAgent.
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Teens Rule the Berkeley Rep Teen One-Acts Festival

Every spring, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre invites local teens to participate in a new works festival written, directed, designed, and performed by their peers. Unlike most opportunities for teens, recent college grads guide them through the production process, but the teens carry the bulk of the work. The process is exhilarating, exhausting, and inspiring to watch both onstage and off.
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Theatre for Young Audiences: An Enchanting Genre

Children’s Theatre gets a bad rap. Some think it’s a fluff genre, with no substance. It’s as if a play for children doesn’t merit the same artistic credibility as a play for adults. Glitter, polka dots, and silly songs, can’t compare to Brecht, Stoppard, and Mamet. But these misconceptions couldn’t be further from the truth. Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is making waves, breaking molds, and giving artists endless creative opportunities fostering the future of theatre.

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