At last, here is a bit of behind-the-scenes drama for you. We are now in our fourth week of rehearsals, but we don’t have a stage manager yet. Want to know why? Here are my thoughts…
Finding theatre work in Chicago is not very hard; we have hundreds of theatre companies throughout the Chicagoland area. If you moved to Chicago today, I bet that you could easily have a job working on a show by Friday. And if you’re good at what you do, you could probably book yourself for the entire year with theatre gigs.
But here’s the harsh reality: very few people actually make a living working in this industry. All too often, people move to a Chicago or New York thinking they are going to land a theatre gig that will put a fat paycheck in their bank account, or even enough money to pay the rent. It’s a great dream, but that is not the reality for many people. I could go on and on about how tough this industry is and share my personal stories about making it in the business, but that is not what this blog is about. (If you are interested in reading more about this, there are plenty of books and articles about this very topic. )
So why don’t we have a stage manager? My guess is that the good stage managers are already booked, and stage managers new to Chicago are looking for that fat paycheck we can’t provide. So we move forward with rehearsals in the hopes of finding a stage manager soon, one who is passionate about their work and isn’t worried about making a boatload of money to start. Isn’t that why we do theatre in the first place, because it’s our passion?
Until next time, have a beautiful day!