Careers in Technical Theater by Mike Lawler

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Become aware of interesting profession chances in the back of the scenes.Want to make it tremendous on Broadway—as a techie? Or how approximately operating in smaller nearby theater? Careers in Technical Theater explains greater than twenty varied careers from the point of view of winning theater artists. incorporated are specialties which were round for many years, in addition to these nonetheless rising within the box. Concise details is supplied on activity tasks, predicted gains, advised education, examples of profession paths, and the insights are given of operating professionals in administration, surroundings, audio/visual, costumes, video and projection, engineering, and theatrical structures. there is even a close appendix on discovering on-the-job education as an intern, apprentice, or paid employee. For someone attracted to a behind-the-scenes lifestyles within the theater, Careers in Technical Theater is a valuable source. • Examines twenty careers, outdated and new• comprises distinct, precise insights from operating execs in each box• details on getting on-the-job education as an intern, apprentice, or paid worker

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Poulson raises another important consideration: Where do you plan to live and work? She encourages novice SMs to research seriously how many AEA stage managers the community can support. All of the pros agree that consulting stage managers who work professionally in the city you want to live and work in is an important step. They will have the best information about how to proceed—both in terms of when to join AEA and how to find entry-level gigs in your area. Working with professional stage managers or interning at a theater is another good way to hone skills and prepare for the leap into Equity.

One of Hengesteg’s favorite examples involves an actor recently dropped at the airport. “Later that day, I get a call from the actor,” Hengesteg explains. It turns out the actor had forgotten to pack a few of his belongings—let’s just call them “unmentionables”—leaving them in a drawer in his hotel room. “He was hoping I could put them in a package and mail them to him,” Paul laughs. ” DIFFERENT THEATERS, DIFFERENT ROLES The company manager’s role will shift from theater to theater. Hengesteg’s job, for instance, is different than Sophia Garder’s.

Since Ming’s Clambake is not open to the public, aspiring designers should needle their professors about how to participate—it has the potential of being a career-making experience. edu RESOURCES FOR SCENE DESIGNERS Books Aronson, Arnold. American Set Design. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1985. Focusing on the designer’s process, rather than practical elements of design, Aronson’s book is now a classic. Aspiring designers should take a look. Blumenthal, Eileen, Julie Taymor, and Antonio Monda.

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