I've signed up to do another "SMInstagram" takeover for the Year of the Stage Manager Instagram account. On April 13, 2021, feel free to follow me there that day. I'll have a virtual event that night that I'm really looking forward to doing: The First Amendment: What It Is & What It Isn’t (Subtitle: A very timely “Join the Conversation” event from WSHU). It will be free to attend, and features Former ACLU president Nadine Strossen, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik, and Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong, hosted by WSHU's Senior Reporter Ebong Udoma.
I've done this twice before for YSM. Here's what was saved as a highlight story...though not every image was caught either time:
- January 20, 2020 during Opera Naples’ Double Bill
- EDIT - oh, ha, guess I also did it April 2, 2020, during USITT, as my Facebook memory reminded me today of the intro image; here's what highlights got saved for that day
- November 20, 2020 during virtual recordings of Westport Country Playhouse’s A Merry Little Christmas Carol
Tonight, I realized I had kept the November images on my phone, and can share them here. I want to feature more of my virtual gigs in this blog, fresh on the heels of a post about turning my tablet into a second monitor. The images below show the setup I was using back in November, before both the tablet trick, as well as the new contraption that supports my laptop. Click on any given photo to enlarge it.
(Oh...looks like the downloadable version is no longer available. Hmm. The one I use is Windows-only and operates off of Excel. The link above is now an online option.)
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For this production, we were recording every actor separately, from their own homes, and then they uploaded them to a Dropbox link. I would remind them of the file naming protocols in the chat. Later, they used my screenshots as publicity on Facebook, like this:
I can run weekly reports easily with Toggl; you can choose which day of the week to start each week, as unemployment records definitely want Sunday-Saturday as I report partial earnings. I can also choose a custom length report, as I turn in an invoice twice a month to WSHU. It's available both by website login and an app on my phone, and they sync with each other. You can also adjust stop and start times if you forget to click it......nah, that never happens.....
I love working with these two women from WSHU Public Radio in Connecticut, where I stage manage their virtual events on the Shindig platform. Joelle Cyr (Middle - Corporate & Community Engagment Manager, and a talented wedding photographer too) has learned to assist me behind the scenes in our platform. A. Rima Dael (Right) is the General Manager as of January, and she was Station Manager when we took this. Rima and I last saw each other in person in the late 1990s when I was a stage management intern fresh out of college, at the now-defunct StageWest and she was the house manager. The event we were planning was a surprise retirement celebration for General Manager George Lombardi. You can check out a video of the event.
I found out during the day that the unemployment benefits that I was on were expiring early....in eight days. Because of the work I had lined up, it meant I suddenly had received all unemployment compensation that I was eligible for....until the second stimulus was passed. I essentially had no income for all of December, because I would have had to try for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in a different state. I thought it was only going to be a few-weeks gap between my filing date for that last week of State Extended Benefits (SEB) until a new stimulus was passed, certainly effective by December 27th. Between federal delay and re-programming of our system, I didn't actually receive any unemployment funds from the first week of December until the end of February (and only received back pay for December 27th forward). Thankfully, my husband and I had a financial cushion....and some rewards points to use up to buy some extra items. Meanwhile, my husband has still been out of work over a year now (union stagehand). His payment gap (all of his was repaid) was from the first week of January to the end of February.