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Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre
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Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre

by Carmelita Becnel
12 December 2017
Conversation with Colleen Rua
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Conversation with Colleen Rua

by Samantha Mueller, Colleen Rua
17 August 2016
Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre
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Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre

by Erin Mee
8 March 2016
Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre
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Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre

12 December 2017

Stage manager Carmelita Becnel reflects on the need to support mothers, women of color, and stage managers as creative collaborators in the rehearsal room.

Conversation with Colleen Rua
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Conversation with Colleen Rua

17 August 2016

Playwright and producer Samantha Mueller talks to director and educator Colleen Rua about their mutual passion for immersive theatre.

Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre
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Stage Managing Immersive, Site-Specific, and Participatory Theatre

8 March 2016

Erin Mee explores the role of stage manager and shares Stage Manager Sophia Lana Cohen’s perspective on working with This is Not a Theatre Company.

The Best Seat in the House
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The Best Seat in the House

Stage Managing from Scaffolds

11 December 2015

In this installment of the series on Cornerstone’s California: The Tempest tour, stage manager Nikki Hyde discusses what she’s learned from her bird’s eye view.

Off the Road
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Off the Road

California: The Tempest

24 November 2015

Ash Nichols writes about stage managing Cornerstone Theater Company’s California: The Tempest and the connections made on the road.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

The Closed and Open Door

25 August 2014

One of the stereotypes about the post-Grotowski Polish ensemble theaters is that their processes are rigidly closed and their rehearsal rooms are treated like devotional spaces. There is often a way through a more closed door, but you may have to put on your sweatpants.

Setting the Stage
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Setting the Stage

An Interview with the O’Neill Stage Managers

4 June 2014

The O’Neill is a space for the playwright to explore the boundaries of his/her piece (play, musical, song, puppet). The success of a piece doesn’t always have the end result of “being produced.” Instead, the success comes from the writer gaining additional knowledge they need to continue the journey of their play—Kurt Van Raden, Stage Manager at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.

Polish theater in rehearsal.
A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

Rehearsing Without Breaks

10 March 2014

The last two posts of this series have documented the kinds of rehearsal scheduling and breaks that some of the Polish post-Grotowski theaters use. However, in addition to this normal set of practices, on rare occasions, some theaters rehearse without taking any breaks at all.

Two people pulling guns on each other.
A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

How to Make Rehearsal Time Flexible

21 February 2014

This period of shared, relaxed time puts the performers in harmony with the theater, the rehearsal, and their fellow actors. It's like musicians tuning in the same room together. When I participated in this pre-rehearsal hangout, despite my initial antsiness, and not knowing what to do with this unstructured time, I found that my mind grew calmer. The flexible start was a moment of meditation before a strenuous activity: a deep breath before the dive.

A room of children dancing.
A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

The Loose 20 Minute Break

9 February 2014

Our US union regulations and laws require us to take breaks of a certain time, at a certain time. But nothing requires us to take *exactly* and *only* 5 minutes every hour or 10 minutes every 90. Why not, as an experiment, give them more? Why not make one break longer, and looser? An ongoing series of reports from rehearsal rooms and interviews with theater people in Poland; how US artists can modify or adapt Polish techniques for their own rehearsal kitchens.

An acting exercise.
A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Three
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A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Three

24 January 2014

Yes, some rehearsals (not all, mind you) are paid, and have to be regulated, legally, as work. But why did we decide, as US practitioners, that theater rehearsals fell so wholly into the realm of work and were so utterly unlike things such as parties or play? Why did we push rehearsals all the way to one end of the work-play spectrum? How did we become afraid of rehearsing without a stopwatch?

How to Have a Happy Fight Call
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How to Have a Happy Fight Call

A Guide for Directors, Stage Managers, and Fight Captains

4 December 2013

We all love a good fight (in a show). A reminder to keep things real by checking in with actors and their weapons, maintain a full fight call, and maintaining consistent order.