natethemagician asked:

Hello! I was wondering how you built the scaffoldesk- did you find directions/ invent it? If either, could you post some directions or the like? Also, how do you have the lower level support your weight for sleeping (e.g. supports). Thanks- I really enjoy reading your stuff!


Ah yes, scaffoldesk.

Someone else thought of it first… saw this post circulating earlier in the year and was prettttyyyy much obsessed with it. Couldn’t figure out exactly what it was so I showed it to Carpenter Roommate — “It’s a scaffold, duh!”. Looked it up — it’s a portable mini scaffold. Tons of different companies make them. 

Was able to find one at Home Depot, it came essentially assembled — just had to unfold it and attach the wheels. It also came with two plank/levels, a thick one (probably about 9” wide) and narrower one (maybe just under 6”). They just snap on and are wicked sturdy. 

Carpenter Roommate and I upholstered the smaller bench for sitting (batting, hot glue, gaff and some cute fabric) and it’s good for the most part! Roommate pray painted it pink and the rest is history!

Anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a junior in high school & I'm interested in perusing stage management/technical theater in college. I was wondering what college you attend/colleges you looked at that offer those majors. Also, did you have to audition to get in or take any acting classes. I ask that because I really don't like performing in front of people although I hear it's a requirement to take acting and for some schools, audition.

Yay! Congrats on getting to the ending portion of high school. It’s a beast.

I went to the University of Central Florida and majored in BA Theatre Studies. Their program was great from all I heard — admittedly, I didn’t do too terrible much with the theatre department itself. They have BFA programs for both stage management and technical theatre, so there are a lot of great, specialized classes that are opening up to the BAs now. 

The BA program didn’t require an audition, just an interview, showing your portfolio if you had one, it was really chill. All majors in the department are required to take a performance credit and a directing class (which required some performing); I’m with you — not into performing for people. But it was required and it wasn’t terrible and it’s not like you’re thrown into a performance class as the only stage manager or tech student. There are others with whom you can commiserate. 

As far as other schools, I honestly didn’t look into any so I’m horrible at answering this question. I knew that leaving Florida wasn’t an option (tuition) and I knew that I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do in theatre but that it probably wasn’t acting (I considered teaching for a good while). The BA program at UCF let me explore what I wanted to do and, once I figured it out, offered some great opportunities to continue learning.

UCF also had a really great network of professionals attached to/with the school (partners with The Orlando Rep, where I work to this day, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; tons of people from the theme parks, cruise ships, touring shows, you name it. 

housetohalf went to… U of I (I believe) and enjoyed their SM program. no-oath-no-spell came from an SM program in Michigan. They quite enjoyed their schooling (from what I’ve heard? For the most part?) and there are tons of other SMs out there with post-high school education experience out there to answer questions.

Best of luck!



Word count for today’s rehearsal report?


Get used to writing, kids. And learn to do it well. 

All right, let’s everyone calm down.

Who knew a word count could send the Stage Managers of Tumblr into such a tizzy?

  • My base word count (report with only headers, distribution list, and basic info — date, time, prepared by, etc.) comes to 136 words.
  • My notes are all concise — the longest one in last night’s report was a decent-sized sentence. 
  • What is in the report once I fill it out?
  • director requests
  • sound notes
  • light cue placement
  • who was seen for fittings
  • "this actor was late"
  • "this actor finally came to rehearsal!"
  • work list
  • preset notes for stage management
  • facility maintenance notes
  • next rehearsal time/date/schedule
  • everything that anyone might possibly need to know because communication is so very important to a production. 
  • My reports are thorough — this is a comment (and a compliment) I’ve received frequently. But not in a negative way and not in a “Jesus, Tiffany, cool it with the notes wouldja?” way — trust me, I’ve asked. 
  • Reports can be thorough without being 1500 words long (but really, that’s not that long. It was written in all of 10 minutes). 
  • Reports can be too lengthy at 600 words long. 
  • Reports are beautiful as long as they are accomplishing what they are supposed to do — clearly facilitating communication amongst the production team.