So, as promised, I reached 100 followers, and here is the giveaway. I’m a lazy bum, so instead of giving you guys actual things, I decided to just get gift cards, because I’ve been too busy. Since my blog is predominantly backstage theatre and Stage Management stuff, all gift cards will be for…
Thanks for the huge response we just had to our theater school question! You all are awesome! (Especially to those who gave detailed descriptions in the ask box! That helps so much!)
Still working out the organization, but we’ll be covering both BA/BFA and MA/MFA programs. We’ll list type of program, location, programs offered, and any other info that was offered by current students/alumni in our ask box. Since it’s application/interview season we’ll try to get the page out ASAP and then add to it rather than waiting and putting out a more complete list later.
And yes! If it’s a school that’s not necessarily a theater school but specializes in a certain area (makeup, costume construction, electrics, sound design, etc) we want to hear about them too! (We’ll have a category for schools that don’t have a full tech theater program and that’s where you’ll find these.)
Also! Since it’s that time of the year and we’ve been getting a lot of asks about good tech theater schools, we’re compiling a list of universities that offer theater production or theater design programs. This will eventually turn into an informational page with links!
We’re looking for names to add to our list. Here is what we’ve compiled so far: Yale, Syracuse, DePaul, Cal Arts, Emerson, Boston, Ithaca, Penn State, U of Michigan, NYU, Columbia Chicago, Columbia NY, Carnegie Mellon, North Carolina School of the Arts, U of Cincinnati, Elon, U of Arts London, Ryerson
Obviously a big part of the list we’re missing are the non-American schools. :)
We’ll be doing all the research before posting the list, but help us out and specify whether they’re a conservatory/non-conservatory, undergraduate/graduate program, and what type of program they offer or specialize in. (For anyone who just wants to help us our with schools they’ve heard of but don’t know much about, please remember that not all theater schools have decent tech theater programs.)
The Official Backstage Badger Store is moving to Ebay!
The current website is becoming too expensive to keep up with so we’re moving to ebay! The move could take up to a week so if you would like a Backstage Badger shirt in time for December 25th, I highly recommend ordering before we close the current site. The last day to order before we shut down is this Sunday, December 8th.
Just a heads up: We’re running very low on many of the female cut shirts. (Less than five left for many of the sizes/styles.) This is our last run of the shirts so once they’re sold out, they’re gone.
Since New York’s Metropolitan Opera pioneered the use of digital projectors and satellite transmission to broadcast live performances to movie theatres in 2006, screenings of opera, drama and dance – live or recorded – have been a steadily growing side business at cineplexes.
My favorite Theater Misconception is that all the tech and house management people are just doing this to pay the bills till we make our big acting break. Its hard to have to explain to people that “No, i really want to make costumes as my living. I’m not waiting to be discovered or doing this…
So I print out one badger and four days and 20 or so more badgers later I've introduced the entire staff of the biggest professional theatre in Northern Ireland to backstage badger.
Sorry everyone, I know that I just posted I don’t answer asks publicly but woah…the theater in Belfast?! I would love pictures of this so much. (Only if you’re allowed to take backstage pictures though! Don’t want to get anyone in trouble! ^_^)
I found a cool picture to send to you guys, but it seems like there isn't a submissions box?
Anything you would like me to see can be tagged with “Backstage Badger”. That way, if I reblog it, you are credited. =) (FYI for anyone else wanting to send pictures!)
Also, I don’t want to turn into an advice blog so all questions are answered privately. If you have something you would like answered, please use the fan mail button. (Envelope in the top right corner if you’re on the blog page. Roll your mouse over the badger icon if you’re on your dashboard.)
Please continue sending text submissions to the ask box. (As a reminder for the newer followers- there is no meme generator. I make and post everything myself!)
FYI - the link is for the 9th edition, as opposed to the most updated 10th.
Tip 3: Register at smnetwork.org because they are fantastic over there. Especially starting out, it was nice to lurk and see other people’s opinions and what they’ve done in the past.
Tip 4: Be ready to make mistakes. Even more importantly, be ready to own up to them. It makes things much easier to move forward if you can accept responsibility and work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Tip 5: On a similar note, be ready to forgive others for their mistakes. It’s hard at times. Sometimes it just sucks when you know you were right and they should have listened to you and if they’d planned ahead they would know better and excuse after excuse after excuse. But if letting it go will ease the process along (and it will), just do it.
Tip 6: If you are an ASM, always be aware of your surroundings. Be listening and watching every single thing happening in the room. If something needs to be done, get to it. Be willing to do what needs to be done. Listen to your SM/PSM/DSM and follow their lead.
Tip 7: If you are the lead stage manager, learn to delegate. For the love of all things holy, embrace this. You will be quickly overwhelmed if you don’t get this down. I’m saying this because I care about your mental well-being. If you don’t trust your ASMs or PAs enough to delegate to them, consider taking a few moments outside of rehearsals to train them in an area of improvement.
Tip 8: Learn to love your SM/ASM relationship, no matter which role you’re in at the time.
Certainly, I will think of other tips later, but for now, that’s all I have. For me personally, most of my experience has been learning what I’m doing on the run. You can do this!