Ten changes for life backstage in a COVID world

By Matthew Stern 18. December 2020

When we start looking at “re-opening” our economy, there is a lot to unpack and figure out. When you look specifically at show business, it gets even more complicated. We work in an environment that requires close contact, touching, even kissing. We share tight quarters, eat, drink, and sometimes live together (anyone ever do a bus and truck tour?).

There are many front of house issues that need to be addressed, but as a stage manager, I’ve been ruminating on what adjustments we may need to make behind the curtain in order to re-open in a responsible and functional way which is no easy task!

The ten items below are food for thought. It's not a top ten list, but rather, ten ideas for how we can return to work in the theatre in the COVID era. I’m not a healthcare professional, but as a stage manager, these ten ideas are top of mind to care for our company and get the best show possible onstage every night.

Let’s dive in and see what COVID life backstage could look like:

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Temaer: theater, avpro, professional, stage manager, covid-19

Keep your cool backstage as a stage manager: 12 insights

By Liam Klenk 20. August 2020

"As a stage manager, your main job is to achieve the impossible." Author and experienced stage manager, Liam Klenk shares insights on how to maintain calmness and balance in a challenging environment. 

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Temaer: collaboration, avpro, professional, stage manager, 12 tips

Dear Diary – VJ Spetto on life in lockdown

By VJ Spetto 19. June 2020

 

This week we hand the blog over to internationally-acclaimed VJ Spetto, founder of United VJs, who reflects on life before and after a pandemic, with a candid look at the downsides and (unexpected) upsides of life in lockdown.

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Temaer: video, avpro, professional, lockdown, VJ

The science of color and light

By Michael Cassera 9. June 2020

Additive color mixing, Newton's Theory of Color, subtractive mixing, CMY fixtures… Las Vegas-based lighting designer and technical manager Michael Cassera examines the theory behind color and light.

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Temaer: lighting design, avpro, professional, color

There's no such thing as a free lunch

By Arica Rust 16. April 2020

Sound engineer Arica Rust takes a look at some of the challenges in the world of live audio and discusses the value of a scientific approach to system optimization to create the ultimate sound experience. 

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Temaer: sound, audience engagement, avpro, professional

Podcast 101 – tips to get up and running

By Nevil Bounds 1. April 2020

During this difficult time due to the coronavirus outbreak, many people are turning to podcasts in order to find alternative forms of entertainment. In this blog, regular broadcaster and audio tech aficionado, Nevil Bounds, explains why it has never been easier to create your own podcast and on an economical scale.

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Temaer: sound, audience engagement, podcast, avpro, professional, communication

What every media server operator should know

By John Mims III 18. January 2020

 

As a media server operator and content manager, John Mims, J3Consulting.org, is the go-to guy for leading producers and brands in the US. In this blog, he looks at the role of the operator, and offers practical advice to ensure your next show runs even more smoothly. 

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Temaer: event, mediaserver, avpro, operator

How to avoid the event hangover

By Heather Holm, SoundGirls.org 28. December 2019

 

Have you been there? Done an event that starts at 6 am but doesn’t end until 3 or 4 am. Afterward, you go home, get some sleep, but you still have to get up at a reasonable time to function that day? Then you wake up feeling like you spent the night drinking way too much?

I call this the event hangover. It’s close to the same feeling as a hangover, but you missed the entire section of the night that was enjoying a few drinks and hanging out with friends.  There’s the headache, body aches, your feet hurt, and you don’t exactly remember what time you got home. Does any of this sound familiar?

As I do more and more shows each month with hours like this, I strive to avoid the event hangover as much as I can. Here are the tips and tricks I have found that help me avoid feeling terrible after a long event.

By Heather Holm writing for SoundGirls.org

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Temaer: sound, event, tour, avpro

Tips on working cross culturally in entertainment

By Anna Robb 19. November 2019

 

Working in different countries among different cultures can be hard. Yet many in the entertainment industry dive in and end up touring shows, creating events and/or relocating to foreign countries to work as performers, technicians or managers. Anna Robb at TheatreArtLife lists some of her tips to alleviate cross-cultural challenges.

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Temaer: tour, travel, avpro, culture, communication

10 Tips to Prepare For a Better Life After AV!

By Hugo Janzen 9. August 2019

 As a freelance AV pro, you’re busy every day, getting the job done. You’re proud when your audience and clients are happy with the end result. And, hopefully, you get a few spare hours for activities other than work.

But have you ever set aside time to prepare for those days – or months – when there aren’t so many projects to throw yourself into, or when your age starts nudging higher figures? Or will you be pushing 60 and, whoops, you forgot to save for a pension, and now it’s too late…?

Don't panic. Here are 10 tips on preparing yourself for a better position in the future. 

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Temaer: avpro, planning

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