Don't touch or move furniture without permission from an IATSE member. Even if the actors do the scenic shifts in and out of the scene, do your best to say "we need this preset here soon". (exceptions: laying spike marks, understudy rehearsals if you don't have ensemble actors) Of course, it's all dependent on the strictness of that particular House.
Use your Road Crew colleagues to get notes to the Local Stagehands. This way, your colleagues get the note and can tell only the individuals who it affects and in a way that they know makes sense to that Local.
Use the hierarchy of Assistants and Heads of Department. You can save yourself and others a lot of grief by filtering your concerns through the right person, which as 2nd ASM should be the 1st ASM!
Read the Call board daily. For possibly the first time in your life, things will be posted on the Call board that affects more than just the actors such as travel information, social media and press announcements.
Responsibilities as an Assistant Stage Manager
Stage Managers focus lights at load-in.
The Assistant Stage Manager will be trained to call the show.
If there are 2 ASM's, there will be a one-deck track created so that one ASM can call, the other is on the deck and the PSM can catch up on work in the office. Then a weekly rotation schedule will be created so that everyone gets 1 show off in the office.
You may be responsible for posting directional arrows, mirror and door signs and an In & Out (which actors are swung in/out for the performance, whose conducting and which SM is calling/on deck).
You may have additional responsibilities for Company Management including a City Sheet, passing along Injury Reports, and Maintaining a Bus Log.
You will want to introduce yourself to the Local Stagehands as soon as you arrive. This includes the stage door security folks!
Life your Life when you are away from the show. Pay your bills. Go clothes shopping. Catch up with friends. Call your parents.
Plan Ahead. This means you have to think ahead about what you want to accomplish on your days off, your lays off, when you want to use the car if you share it and what days are the best for you to call the show.
Take advantage of being in a new city. Take colleagues up on invitations for new adventures, sightseeing and dinners.
Don't linger at the end of the night. Decompress at home or at the bar. Unless you have guests that saw the show and want a backstage tour.
Trust your experienced road crew folks. Especially during tech they can let you know what is or isn't working for them with scenic shifts and offstage storage and you should help them find the solution that works for them.
Be kind to your Local Stagehands. But watch them like a hawk.
Talk Less. Listen More. // Speak Less. Say More.
Audio guys will give you new batteries for your flashlight.
You can flip up your 2nd headset muff so that you can have 1 ear on the conversation and the other ear on the call.
Wardrobe will let you do laundry at the theatre if you're kind.
If the Hair department is willing, they may let you pay them for a haircut/dye job between shows.
Birthday club is a self-sustaining system that regularly provides sugar at half hour.
Don't poop on the travel bus unless it's an emergency.