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The Top 10 Items Needed by Stage Managers

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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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Five Tips to Audition Safely and Smartly

Actors want to be wanted, whether it’s for a role in a play or musical, film, or TV show. But sometimes we want to get that role so badly that we forget to use some common sense and may get ourselves into an iffy situation. Here are five things to watch out for so the only thing you have to worry about is if you get the gig!

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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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Making the Tough Choices

It’s hardly worth mentioning that all paths of life carry tough choices. Some of us are lucky, and we get to choose, well, among “first world” problems. Hopefully most of us are fortunate. Take a quick look with StageAgent at some of the challenges you are likely to face with a life in the theatre.

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The Artistic Process: Creating a New Work

StageAgent sits down to discuss the collaborative artistic process with Patrick Burns and Kathleen Coombs. Take a look at the new interview and see how Patrick and Kathleen approach the challenges of writing a musical, getting to know a character, setting goals and keeping on track, and collaborating in person and long distance.

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News, thoughts, opinions and advice for the performing arts community.