Magazine article Stage Directions

Greetings & Salutations

Magazine article Stage Directions

Greetings & Salutations

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If you look to the left of this column, you'll see a new face grinning back at you. My name is Jacob Coakley, and this is my first issue as editor of Stage Directions magazine. Welcome!

I appreciate the history and mission of Stage Directions and am honored to be a part of carrying it on. This is a 19-year-old magazine dedicated to serving the theatrical community, and to helping everyone reading it put on better shows from all aspects: technically, artistically and financially. Everyone involved in theatre is doing it from a place of love and dedication - that's why so many of us stick around, despite all the challenges and struggles.

You need to know that I've experienced these challenges first-hand. I've worked in theatres across the country, in all aspects of production - onstage, offstage and in the business office. Currently I'm a member of IATSE Local 720 here in Las Vegas, and I still go to gigs wearing my stagehand blacks and Leatherman/Gerber/ multipurpose tool of choice. And while the world is better off without me onstage, like many of you I was introduced Into the world of theatre through acting. …

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