Magazine article Stage Directions

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Magazine article Stage Directions

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Mark Pawsey talks training and following your heart in the theatre.

Mark Pawsey, Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, trained in stage management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and worked all across the U.K. and West End before linking up with Cirque du Soleil. He's worked on some of the biggest successes in the world (the original production of The Phantom of the Opera) and the biggest flops King, a musical about Martin Luther King, Jr., lost $5 million in six weeks) and now finds himself in one of the most unique SM jobs in the world. During a chat on TheatreFace.com he spoke about finding work that speaks to you - "There are many times in your life you have multiple opportunities, and I always based my decisions on what I would be happiest doing, not what would get me the biggest step up or foot in the door" - as well as the process for integrating new acts into a show that's more than five years old. A short excerpt of the interview follows, but you can read the whole thing online at www.theatreface.com/markpawsey.

Jacob Coakley: Can you talk about how SM'ing for Cirque is different from the traditional theatre in the West End? Is it different?

Mark Pawsey: SM duties are the same the world over - you have to adapt to the needs of the show, and the demands of the show, and react to the situations that come up that you can rarely prepare for.

Mark Pawsey: No day is the same at Cirque and no show is the same . The shows constantly change and evolve and that is the biggest challenge an SM will discover at CDS. …

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