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Anonymous asked: I'm going into theatre arts at university. I would like to specialize in directing and stage managing. Do you think they'll cover tech theatre in theatre arts?? I can't tell you how much I enjoy SM-ing for shows. It's a joy and and an art (it's also stressful at times).

It really depends on the school and program. I can’t tell if you’ve already picked your school or are still deciding, but either way I would talk to someone who runs the program. Some theatre arts degrees are more academic and theoretical, and others more hands-on. I remember applying for a Stage Management masters and finding out at the interview that tech/stagecraft classes aren’t part of the curriculum. The school I go to now is a “Production” program and super practical and hands-on, covering everything including design, stage management, and even some directing. It depends on what you’re looking for, and finding a school that can offer that to you. And if tech isn’t in the courses, there may still be opportunities to get that experience on shows or extracurricular activities. Good luck!

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Just had two very inspiring days of masterclasses with Moment Factory. Check out one of their most recent interactive experiences, Foresta Lumina. These guys know how to put heart into technology and are champions of shared, immersive experiences. What I love about their core philosophy and approach to their work is the respect they have for the public/audience. Sometimes that gets lost or forgotten in theatre. Food for thought.

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There is the ingrained stereotype that artists can’t run a business. They’re too flaky, too “out there,” too self-involved. Not true! We manage ourselves as a business so efficiently that people on the outside aren’t even aware of it. The myth that artists are bad with money and couldn’t possibly manage a budget. Not so! Arts professionals are used to doing things on the cheap, know how to squeeze everything out of a dollar, are well connected and recognize the value in sharing resources. What about the notion that artists don’t understand “the bottom line”? The curtain going up in three weeks —that is an unforgiving bottom line! Bottom Line: Artists are excellent collaborators and problem solvers. They are adaptable, agile, trustworthy, ethical, productive, disciplined, flexible, intuitive, risk-takers, and have outstanding public relations and human resource skills. We must bring the artist as a number one resource to the center of any arts organization.
Nello McDaniel, Arts Action Research

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