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Spiderwomen Theatremakers

Spiderwoman Theater as been cited by many as the longest-active feminist theater group in North America. So why the heck had I never heard of them? The group was founded in 1976, and emerged from the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s. Muriel Miguel created Spiderwoman with her sisters Gloria Miguel and Lisa Mayo, as well as a company of […]

Church and Stage: Antonia Lassar’s God Box

“Why in fields that are both devoted to awe and transport, does the norm seem to be an unspoken separation between church and stage?” – Jonathan Mandell, “Does God Exist On Stage? Theater and Religion” I don’t often think about God. Which may seem odd, considering that I until I left for college, I attended […]

New York City Cops – and a Reflection on the Self

New York based indie rock band The Strokes first released their platinum-selling album Is This It in the UK and Australia on July 30, 2001. Track nine on this pressing was the song “New York City Cops,” the chorus of which repeats, “New York City Cops, New York City Cops… They ain’t too smart.”[1] The […]

Two Thousand and On-Demand

I am one of those people who is always listening to music. It gets me up in the morning. It gets me between classes and to the next item on my agenda. Pairs of headphones are crammed in all the pockets of my coats, when they are not jammed into my ears. When I’m not […]

Internships Abound

A few years ago, a fellow stage manager who was a year above me in school remarked wryly, “When we graduate, we’ll have internships to look forward to.” I smiled, but thought to myself that that’s a choice some people make, but isn’t the only option. However, lately while perusing job postings on various websites […]

Choose: Joy

I haven’t stopped recommending this play since I saw it on Sunday. I completely loved George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum at the Huntington Theatre Company. The production was beautiful, the cast immensely, immensely talented, and the script is just so – SMART. The Huntington in particular has a reputation for producing work by African-American playwrights. Not only are […]

Shockheaded Peter: Youth and Darkness

This week I saw Company One’s production of Shockheaded Peter at the Modern Theatre, and I can safely say it is entirely like anything else I’ve seen before One of the production’s primary tools is a celebration of the dark and grotesque. The company members perform vignettes that intersect the title story line. These include a story about […]

Music/Music-er/Music-est

Differentiating musical theatre from opera is relatively straightforward. If the piece is entirely sung through (or at least, the bulk of it is), it’s an opera. If there are scenes in between the songs, it’s a musical. The Human Comedy, performed by the BU School of Theatre earlier this winter, was programmed as a musical theatre piece […]

Re-creating the Product

This semester, I have the wonderful privilege of interning in stage management at Boston Ballet. I grew up dancing, started around 2 years old and competed on the studio’s dance team from age 9 to 17. It’s been wonderful to be immersed in dance again, and I am learning many interesting things about the world of professional dance and what it’s […]

The PLAY After Tomorrow (It’s Wicked Cold)

It’s a tough time to be doing theatre in Boston right now. Let’s face it, it’s a tough time to be doing anything in Boston right now. WCVB news calculates that it’s snowed 96.3 inches this season (in an article posted two days ago, and it snowed again yesterday, and today, so I’m simply dying to know where we’re at now…). […]

Layers and Layers – ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars’

Layers and Layers – ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars’

I sat down to Father Comes Home from the Wars at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge from a position of total ignorance. I didn’t even look through the program prior to the play starting. I approached with no preconceptions, and so my process of watching was also a process of discovery, and of allowing the deep layers of […]

The Privilege of Silence

I was having a conversation with a friend recently who was telling me that she’d heard that a theatre of renown in New York was specifically seeking black stage managers. At first I was a bit thrown off by this idea. “It sounds like casting,” I thought aloud. As backstage theatre-makers, we  are generally not […]

What It’s All About

Pacific Overtures has so far been one of the most challenging shows I’ve ever run. Second only, I think, to the Shakespeare in the woods I SMed this summer. I’ve stated several times throughout the process that this show makes me feel dumb at stage management. There are so many things going on sometimes that […]

Why My Arts Training is Making Me the Person I Need to Be

I guess you could say I applied as a Stage Management major on a whim. I was labelled as the “stage manager” of my high school technical theatre group, but since we were primarily the school’s event production service I  did not get much experience with theatrical productions, and only dabbled in the actual duties […]

The Easy Choice

Previously on this blog I have advocated for the consideration of stage managers as theatre artists, citing our creative sensibilities in communicating notes from the rehearsal room, and the influence we can have on the execution of the design elements in a production. I truly believe this, and recognize in myself my own capacity for […]

Interdisciplinary Theatre, Within the Theatre

It has long been established in my mind that Stage Managers are interdisciplinary artists. (This is the reason why it’s so difficult to explain in a sentence what we do.) The Boston University curriculum for Stage Management (at least from 2011 onward, since I have been a student) encompasses very few technical Stage Management classes. […]

Hard and Soft: The Balancing Act of Female Artistry

Judy Chicago, in her 1974 conversation with Lucy R. Lippard, as part of Lippard’s book From The Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art, describes her challenges in balancing the hard and the soft, both in her artwork and in her life.  As a female artist working in a time (1960s-70s) when women were very actively […]

Failing and Trying – The Advantages of Theatremaking in the University Setting

A topic that’s been circulating back around on the blog in the past few weeks has been the BU School of Theatre’s place in the larger university setting, specifically in terms of uniting with the larger university curricula and sharing what we in the SOT have to offer with a university-wide audience (See: Rachel Rees’ […]

Looking Forward to the Challenges

This week in Stage Management Types and Styles class, we were visited by a guest lecturer, Tareena Wimbish. Our introduction to Tareena was that she was a stage manager who had recently moved to Boston from San Diego, and had an interesting background in event work – including “Zombie Runs.” We met Tareena, and she […]

Joining the Discussion

Coincidentally, in two of my classes this semester we have recently read an adaptation of a Greek play that focuses on the theme of war, which we creatively discussed in class. In Scenic Design 1, we read Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Persians and each created three-dimensional artistic responses to the piece. We brought […]