THEATER; The Apprentices

Know your tech skills and you're more likely to work backstage.

"over the course of his 10 weeks there, a little taste of everything. Sometimes even that was too much; the job called ''Super'' meant picking cigarette butts and other garbage from the brilliant green lawn in front of the theater. Other jobs were hit or miss. ''Run Crew'' might mean operating a spotlight for the new musical ''R Shomon'' at the festival's smaller stage, the Nikos; or dressing its star, Audra McDonald; or mopping the deck or setting the props or filling actors' glasses with too much ice and getting upbraided for it. The best assignment was ''Lines,'' which meant helping one of the Equity actors (perhaps Ms. Tomei?) memorize her part."

Doodling in Math Class: Connecting Dots

My friend Herrick Goldman posted this on the stagecraft mailing list.

"In a world where politics asks "why teach critical thinking?" we have this video series, which reminds me of a lighting lecture mr. Parker does... Enjoy And watch the rest of her stuff.."

So, I had to watch. Great video...

Anti-parabola propoganda, plus musing on math class, cardioids, connect the dots, envelopes of lines, even a bit of origami.

Good Enough

The term “good enough” is often misunderstood and maligned. What does “good enough” mean to you? You should expect to do work to a level “good enough” to achieve the goal you desire. If your goal is to pass this class, then “good enough” is simply achieving something above a “D.” Suffice it to say (I know this is harsh) that I do not know anyone working professionally today who will wish to hire someone with a goal to achieve anything less than “A's” and “B's.” Another reality of the professional world is that those that achieve A's are likely to receive a higher rate of compensation at the start for doing much the same work. Therefore, if your goal is to earn those A's and B's, then “good enough” takes on new meaning.
With all that said, it's unlikely that theatrical employers are going to ask about your grades, or to see your transcript. (Those wishing to work in acadamia are a different story. Plan on supplying official copies ofyour transcripts.) What your supervisors are going to watch for is a good work ethic and commitment to jobs well done. 


There is a current movement to include those who have been assigned to special education classes in regular classes. This brings up the question, how may we include special ed. kids in tech theater?
My answer; in most ways.
Special ed. kids have various needs. As we all do.

In my classes, I have kids who are afraid of heights. This does not make them special ed. compared to the others who can climb a ladder with ease. Each and every kid is able to contribute to the technical theater program.

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