Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Virgin Labfest 5 is looking for volunteer stage managers

From Ed Lacson Jr.'s Multiply:

Just like the directors, writers and actors, Stage Managers are an integral part of the Virgin Labfest.

This year at least two dozen new works will be staged. That means WE NEED A LOT OF STAGE MANAGERS, and we want to gather the best we can find.

Experience one of the most stimulating, intense, and fulfilling work you can have, and get a chance to work with some of the established names in Philippine Theater.

Past directors, writers and actors include: Tomy Abuel, May Bayot, Nonie Buencamino, Shamaine Buencamino, Ricci Chan, Vince De Jesus, George De Jesus III, Niel De Mesa Jaime Del Mundo, Dido Dela Paz, Herbie Go, Jose Estrella, Bart Guingona, Malou Jacob, Nanding Josef, Mailes Kanapi, Ana Valdez Lim, Liza Magtoto, Dennis Marasigan, Irma Adlawan Marasigan, Glen Mas, Chris Millado, Madeline Nicolas, Peewee O’Hara, Mae Paner, Joey Paras, Nich Pichay, Ama Quiambao, Floy Quintos, Leo Realp, Denisa Reyes, Bembol Roco, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Roobak Valle, Rody Vera, and Rene Villanueva.

Rehearsals usually start on the 3rd week of May. The festival will be from June 23–July 5, 2009.


If you are interested, e-mail your resume and letter of intent to

Now, what does it take to be a good stage manager? Lorna aka The Bachelor Girl offers some tips:

Bago ang lahat, i-klaro lang po natin na madugo ang trabaho ng stage manager. Dugo, pawis at luha ang hihingin mula sa iyo, pero barya lamang ang kapalit. (Before anything else, let’s make it clear that the job of a stage manager is very demanding. You will be asked to render the requisite blood, sweat and tears, yet you will still be paid a measly sum.)

Now that you have been forewarned, maybe you would like to do a little self-assessment:

Are you organized? Stage managers are supposed to organize the rehearsals and every little detail of the show such as buying hairpins for the actors to major details like scheduling the technical dress rehearsal.

Are you resourceful? Stage managers are expected to beg, steal and borrow to come up with props, set pieces, costumes, etc. Improvisational skills are really handy.

Are you passionate about theatre? Passion can be the only driving force when one is paid too little for doing so much (although you will be paid richly in non-monetary ways).

PLUS: More about the Virgin Labfest, now on its fifth year--

Festival of fearless virgins
Lab results: positive
Virginal, but also madcap and magical


Anonymous said...

Hello po, question lang. Based on past Virgin Labfests, tuwing kelan ginagawa ang rehearsals? I want to volunteer but I have classes kasi na baka magconflict ang schedules. Thanks!

miriam said...

Hi! I'd like to volunteer but I don't think I have the technical skill to be an SM. You think they'd need ushers for the show?

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