In 2016, I joined the Stage Managers’ Association as a holiday gift to myself. And what a gift it turned out to be! From Ask A Stage Manager and Operation Observation, to job postings and the personal connections made with other members, I have enjoyed the myriad benefits of membership in the Association. As a professional stage manager working in a small regional theater, I value the input, advice, and collaboration of my peers here in the SMA.

The membership of the SMA includes such a diverse range of disciplines from dance and opera at the universities to theme park and cruise ship entertainment; from developing works and fringe festival venues to musical theatre and classical productions in regional houses, and so much more. Serving the membership as the Vice Regional Representative for Florida, I’ve come to recognize challenges and set goals that can be applied not only to Florida stage managers, but to the Eastern Region as a whole.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my goals of identifying and unifying past, current, and new members of the Region in ways that engage with and enrich the experience of this vital Association; and to provide valuable career and social support for our rapidly expanding membership base.

I will be looking to connect with members in the region to discover ways the SMA can support you, encourage your careers, and challenge you to learn, improve and hone your skills and talents. If you would like to drop me suggestions or ideas, express a concern or have a question, or just want to introduce yourself, please click on the “Contact Your Region” button on this page, or choose the Eastern Region Director marker on the map to get in touch.

In The Time of Covid, our futures feel indefinite and uncertain, but we know that together we are stronger. When we emerge from this Long Pause, we will have been made better for the time we have spent in the pursuit of online social endeavors and learning opportunities. We will rise to the challenges set before us and be ready for the curtain to rise on the next Act.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the new Eastern Region page, register for an SM-GO Online gathering highlighted in Events and check out the new Member Spotlight to get to know Associate Member, Whitley Body.

Be well, stay safe and wash your hands!
Rachel (Raye) Harrison
Eastern Region Director
St. Petersburg, FL