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I Wish I Knew: Being a Sound Engineer and I.A.T.S.E. Leader with Amanda Sager

I Wish I knew is back this month, brought to you from my couch and social distancing! I’m here to inspire you with the incredible Amanda Sager (she/her/hers), a sound engineer and the President of I.A.T.S.E. Local 154. If you are interested in technical theater, this one is for you! Amanda talks about how she got into sound, the difference between a sound designer and a sound engineer, what it’s like being female-identified in a male dominated field, and when is it right to join the union. Amanda is so inspiring, please read and share her story!
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I Wish I Knew: Interview with Creator and Wardrobe Specialist Franzesca Mayer

I Wish I Knew is back with its 10th post! I am so honored to bring a brand-new artist and career to you today: Franzesca Mayer (aka Franzi) gave an amazing, in-depth interview about being a Wardrobe Specialist AND Freelance Designer. She discusses what a Dresser and a Wardrobe Specialist do, why they are so vital to a production, and why she started her company Rubberlesque. If you’re thinking of getting into wardrobe, or if you just want to know more about how Dressers make magic happen backstage, you’ll want to take a read!
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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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