This month's episode of Informalities is a very special one. On May 8th, our very own associate director, Shawn DeSouza-Coelho, is releasing his next book, entitled, Whenever You're Ready: Nora Polley on Life as a Stratford Festival Stage Manager. It is the first biography of a stage manager ever published, and is sure to become a staple of the theatre community in Canada, as well as those in the US and across the pond.
So! For Informalities this month it only made sense to interview Nora and get her take on the theatre ecology we all live and work in, especially considering she's been at it for over 50 years(!). Forty of those years were spent in stage management (and 37 of those were at the Stratford Festival), and in our episode Nora gives her best advice to aspiring stage managers in addition to discussing, in light of the controversy surrounding Soulpepper, some of the ethical responsibilities of the stage manager in the rehearsal hall. This is a valuable episode, and one we hope you don't miss. Listen below or on iTunes, and don't forget to subscribe and rate us! It helps others finds us. Enjoy!
As for Nora's biography, it is with great pleasure that we invite one and all to the launch parties happening in both Toronto (on Saturday May 12th, from 6-8 p.m.) and at the Stratford Festival itself as part of Opening Week festivities (on Thursday May 31st, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Info for the Toronto launch can be found below, while all of the info for the Stratford one can be found at the link provided above.
The Informal Upright Crew