Magazine article Stage Directions

New Historical Stage Management Blog on SD

Magazine article Stage Directions

New Historical Stage Management Blog on SD

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After posting two articles on SD's SM Kit blog curated by David J. McGraw, I am incredibly excited to join the Stage Directions' family, with my very own blog, SM History. Check back often, as I'll be posting information about the projects that I'm working on and other fun facts that I find along the way.

Before we get to the historical stuff... let me introduce myself, my journey, and what information you can look forward to.

On a cool November evening in 2009, a fellow graduate stage manager and I sat in my living room reading several articles titled "What the Stage Manager Does" and "The Tricks of the Stage Manager's Trade" for our University of Iowa graduate seminar. Both articles almost perfectly described stage management today, and yet, the articles dated to the 1920s. This realization sparked a sudden and unquenchable curiosity, causing me to wonder, '"How long has the stage manager been an entity in theater?" and, "Have the responsibilities of the stage manager ever changed?"

The next two years were dedicated to researching and writing my MFA thesis, which strayed from the usual productionfocused thesis to an academically-focused thesis. The summer of 2010 was spent touring research libraries and by March 2011, a final draft titled "History of Stage Management: The Role of the Prompter in American Theatre, 1750-1850" was approved and submitted for graduation.

After graduation, I stage managed my way across the country, eventually landing in San Diego. I freelanced as a stage manager, primarily in southern California and Tennessee, and in both theater and opera. In 2012, I joined the Actors' Equity Association. I worked for Long Beach Opera, Knoxville Opera, Lamb's Players Theatre, San Diego Rep, Nashville Rep, and many others. After five years of freelance work, I decided to return to academia to continue my search for the history of the stage manager. …

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