[Theaterfacultystaff] FW: Stage Management Intensive

Fiocchi, Barbara fiocchib at ohio.edu
Wed Nov 16 08:27:10 EST 2011

From: codywestgaard at gmail.com [mailto:codywestgaard at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:59 AM
Cc: smi at macetraining.org; 'John Tovar'; 'Catharine Early'
Subject: Stage Management Intensive


MACE (Movement and Combat Education) is launching a new program called the Stage Management Intensive. It is a three day course for anyone at any level of training and experience of Stage Management. Below is an article with more details as well as an attached flyer to share with colleagues and students. Our website is http://www.macetraining.org/events/smi.php. If you have any questions about the program please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stage managers have one of the most difficult jobs in theatre. Their job is to know a lot about, frankly, a lot. They wear a lot of hats, especially once the production is running. MACE, a not-for-profit company located in Illinois, recognizes this and is looking to help ensure stage managers knowledge at all experience levels is sound in one of the more misunderstood areas of theatre: Staged Violence.
The Stage Management intensive is an opportunity for stage managers of all levels to get an inside look at the world of stage violence. Too often, theatre companies choose not to hire a qualified fight choreographer or appoint a qualified fight captain. The burden tends to fall on the stage manager to ensure everyone's safety. The SMI focus is giving stage managers the tools and techniques to come from a place of knowledge when dealing with stage violence within their production.

Students will receive a wide array of training from seasoned New York professionals in areas including Armed and Unarmed Combat; Firearms Safety; Union Rules and Regulations; Weapons Maintenance; Rehearsal Preparation; Maintaining Proper Relationships with the Director, Fight Director, Production Stage Manager, etc.; plus much more!

Who should attend? Executive Director of MACE, John Tovar, a certified Fight Director in his own right, explains:
"This intensive is a great opportunity for current working professionals, stage management instructors and students alike. This is an area of theatre you do not want to learn on the fly. Learning on the fly can result in injuries of cast and crew, which can result to lawsuits. It can also cause companies' insurance premiums to raise, worker's compensation fees to be inflated and, ultimately, force a company out of business. Stage managers are the eyes and ears of a production. They watch the work from the first read to the final closing performance. Having this knowledge can help a production run smoothly and effectively and, most importantly, help ensure the safety of everyone around. No theatre company in the world wants to pay tens of thousands of dollars because an actor changed the way they were performing a fall during a run and, by doing so, resulted in an injury which the company is now held liable. A stage manager can prevent that if their knowledge is strong."
This intensive is being held on January 3-5, 2012 in Saint Charles, Illinois at Pheasant Run Resort. Cost for this exclusive, three-day event is only $400. A limited number of students will be accepted to guarantee personal attention.

The staff for this event includes:
Thomas A. Kelly (Veteran Broadway Stage Manager):

*        Once tripped Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin in a summer stock tryout at Ogunquit Playhouse

*        Has worked on several shows with acclaimed fight choreographer BH Barry

*        Helped negotiate the first Actors' Equity Association production contract that included provisions for a Fight Captain and adequate provisions for a Fight Call.
Thomas Kelly has been a stage manager, production staging supervisor, and general production manager for more than 40 years, since going off to summer stock for the first time in 1962. His work has included Broadway shows such as Hair, The Wiz, Sugar Babies, Merchant of Venice and Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman, Cyrano and Othello with Christopher Plummer, Mamet's Speed-the-Plow with Madonna, and Herb Gardner's Tony Award-winning I'm Not Rappaport with Judd Hirsch and Cleavon Little. His work with director Tommy Tune included The Club and Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine. Kelly also had a ten-year foray into production supervision and mounted such diverse events as the Papal Mass in Central Park, several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows, many of the MTV Unplugged series, the Lincoln Center Festival's productions in Damrosch Park, and MTV's productions in Bryant Park and Times Square. As general production manager at Center Line Studios, he supervised the creation and installation of many Broadway shows, operas, TV shows, and special events and received a Daytime Emmy for his work on the PBS Children's show Between the Lions. As production stage manager for the New York City Opera, Kelly helped mount more than 50 operas. He has taught stage management at Rutgers University, SUNY Purchase Columbia University. A lifetime member and Executive Board Member of SMA, he wrote the book "Backstage Guide to Stage Management," soon to have its third edition, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by USITT in 2002 and has been an active participant in their Mentoring Program.

J. Allen Suddeth (Veteran Broadway Fight Choreographer)

*        Allen has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, LORT, and university theater for over 4 decades

*        Allen teaches BFA and MFA stage managers stage combat at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, and recently was lead speaker at the NYC Public Theater's "Prop Symposium."

*        He is currently working on Newsies for Disney/Papermill, Cymbaline and Broken Heart for Theater For a New Audience, as well as American Buffalo for Centerstage in Baltimore.
J. Allen Suddeth has worked professionally for the past thirty years out of the New York area. For Broadway, he has staged fights for Gem Of The Ocean, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Angels in America Part One and Two, Loot, Saint Joan, A Small Family Business, and Hide and Seek. Off-Broadway, he has worked on productions for The Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, Theater For A New Audience, The Public Theater, BAM, Second Stage, Riverside Shakespeare, Jean Cocteau Repertory, WestBeth, The Pearl Theater, and the New York Theater Workshop. Regionally, and in LORT theaters, he has worked for Centerstage in Baltimore, Arena Stage and The Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D. C., The Denver Center, The Huntington Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodman Theater, Actor's Theater of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Northshore Music Theater, and the Big Apple Circus, among many others.  As a master teacher, Allen has been on faculty for The Juilliard School, Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University, The Lee Strasberg Institute, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and The Stella Adler Conservatory, as well as being a frequent guest artist at major universities around the world.  For television, he has staged action sequences for over 750 programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, and HBO.  He is the author of "Fight Directing for the Theater." Allen has also taught at the National Stage Combat Workshop for fourteen years, and is the founder of the National Fight Directors Training Program. He is ranked as one of fifteen recognized Fight Masters in the United States by The Society of American Fight Directors.
Reserve your slot today!

For more information, email us at SMI at macetraining.org<mailto:SMI at macetraining.org> or go to our website: www.macetraining.org<http://www.macetraining.org>

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