SMA Membership Greeting 2015 From Our Chair

Happy 2015!

I trust that your seasons are moving along with interesting work and full houses.  Now that the holiday season is behind us it is time to renew our efforts for the spring and beyond.

The SMA has several projects in the works, new and renewed and we would be pleased to have your participation and input.

These projects include:

** The re-launch of Operation Observation
** Live Forums and Chats (helmed by Erin Joy Swank)
** SMA’s Mentoring project, being developed by first Vice Chair, Mandy Berry, (which was launched with a webinar produced with the help of Propared last week),
** More member accessible content about trends, tips and picks as well as the ability to publish member articles on the website. For this we appreciate the efforts of Jon Goldman, webmaster and Senior Website Editor, Hope Rose Kelly (2nd Vice Chair).
** The Del Hughes Awards: the committee chaired by Janet Friedman is also gearing up to select this year’s honoree(s).

As your chair, I am continuing to reach out nationally, with visits this fall to Kansas City, Houston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York and would be pleased to attend, when possible, other events as they are planned. In addition, I have taken on a Legacy Project, the purpose of which will be to record and preserve the voices of the great stage managers in our industry. I have secured the interest of the Drama Book Shop to host the live recording of the very first one of these in New York, this spring.

One of our newest collaborations is an exciting exchange partnership with United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) because, this year, through this exchange, we will not only have a presence on their trade show show floor March (18-21) in Cincinnati, but will have a time slot for a Membership interest and issues Meeting and also sponsor a social event. This will be a good chance for members and those interested in the SMA to get together in Cincinnati and share ideas about where we want to advocate and serve working stage managers in the years to come.  At least three board members (myself included) will be in Cincinnati and we encourage you to make plans to attend.  You will be receiving information about how to register for the full conference as well as how to obtain a day pass from USITT very shortly.

Also in the works is a member survey.  We would really appreciate it if, when you receive it, you can take the time to fill it out and tell us what you are thinking. We are very interested in hearing from you. And as always, you can write me directly at

Best year yet, 2015 — GO!

Elynmarie Kazle, Chair of the SMA
And the 2014-15 Executive board