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Society of Props Managers

S*P*M logo with cream-colored letters S, P, and M in red diamonds, with cream-colored starbursts between them

Society of Props Managers

SPMinars: like webinars but better

What’s a SPMinar? It’s like webinar but better. Animatronics, firearms safety, blood recipes,
fake (and real) food. Props professionals share tips and tricks (almost) monthly via our YouTube channel.

We are requesting pay-what-you-can donations to support this S*P*A*Minar programming. All money collected will be used to offset webinar operation costs with additional funds going to our annual grant program for early career prop people. Suggested donation amount is $3. If you’ve already donated, thank you! If you are able, pay what you can donations can be made via Venmo, Zelle, or Paypal. Venmo @SPMfund Paypal Money Pool @SPAMprops Zelle to spamdues@gmail.com

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S*P*Minar: Storytelling for Props Managers

Join S*P*M Member Kristin Ward as she takes us on a journey into the storytelling roots of prop work and theatre making. Discover the transformative power of props as storytelling objects, exploring how meticulous details in set dressing and hand props breathe life into narratives, while also inspiring a deeper reflection on the stories we tell through – and about – our craft. There will be time at the end to trade and share stories among attendees. Kristin Ward is a multi-faceted theatre artist who has been working in props in the Pittsburgh area for nearly two decades. Behind the scenes, Kristin assists in overseeing student crews building props at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama as well as union prop run crews at Pittsburgh Opera. When she steps out into the lights, Kristin writes, performs, (and yes – props!) her own original works which aim to preserve storytelling traditions and make folklore accessible and relevant to modern audiences.

S*P*Minar - Proper Furniture First Aid, Repairs, Reinforcement, and Refinement

Ever wondered how best to shore up your wood furniture to make it last onstage for show after show after show?

S*P*M Members Liz Hastings and Natalie Kearns will share their best woodworking techniques for repair, reinforcement, and refinement of prop furniture. Our goal is to have prop furniture live its best life and survive all the torture it can receive during its production life!

S*P*Minar - Fire Without Flame

Live flame for theater is often tricky and dangerous business, and even more difficult if regulations do not allow the use of actual flame in your performance venues. Join us to hear how S*P*M Member Prop Managers approach everything from fake cigarettes, to candles, to lighters and matches, to fireplaces and trashcan fires.We’ll discuss what we’ve learned through our varied experiences and safe ways you can get the look of real fire without the danger into your production.

From tufting to textures, daggers to set decorations, our topics run the proverbial props gamut.

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