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Collaborative evolution : finding my role in the production process

  • Author(s): Watson, Samantha
  • et al.
Abstract

When I started graduate school, I was searching for new experiences. Having mastered the straight play, I wanted to plug my passion for stage management into a new outlet. When I stage managed Sexual Selection, I stepped into the world of non-traditional theatre. With the trust of the two directors, I became an integral member of the collaborative team, developing a strong emotional connection to the work. That production was a transformative experience and I discovered a love for working in highly collaborative environments, allowing me to broaden the scope of my involvement as a stage manager. Over the course of my studies, I had the opportunity to work on dance and an international project. I deepened my understanding of the importance of communication, embracing the language of choreographers and connecting with dancers who did not speak English. I opened myself to new ways of creating theatre and expanded my collaborative vocabulary. With this new approach, I returned to the straight play for my thesis production. The skills I developed in my non-traditional theatre experiences translated into my work on Hedda Gabler. The strong role I assumed helped me to truly evolve my voice as a stage manager. I positioned myself at the center of the collaboration and was embraced by the company as a steady force throughout the process. My journey through diverse methods of performance has led me to find myself and discover the joy of being an integral collaborator in the performance process

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