Producer and Stage Manager Results!

Late one night, the FASS 2017 committee met to recruit new members to the cause. This band of superheroes grew two larger that night.

Congratulations go to Racheal Slejska who joins us as the FASS 2017 Producer, keeper of the cameos and master of the ticket sales. Our fearless Director Emily Crawford has also selected her most organized sidekick, as Megan Redwood takes the (back)stage as the FASS 2017 stage manager.

Technical Director appointment to follow in the next few weeks, after which we’ll have a full committee! Next meeting we’ll also be talking about financials and financial strategy,in preparation for the budget meeting later this summer.

Director and Treasurer Results!

I am very proud to announce the two newest members of the FASS 2017 committee! Bringing superpowers of organization, telling people what to do, and having the same name:
  • Emily Crawford – Director
  • Emily Pass – Treasurer

Thank you to everyone who applied! It was a very difficult decision! Applications for Producer and Technical Director are closed and they will be chosen in the next few weeks.

We’re still looking for our Director’s favourite (and most organized) sidekick: the stage manager! Applications for Stage Manager officially close on Thursday, June 2 at 6PM. If you’re interested in this role, send an email to apply@fass.uwaterloo.ca outlining your skills, experience & interest in the role. Committee will interview candidates and provide a shortlist to the Director for her final choice. If you have questions about the role, talk to me, the soon-to-be-past SM!

Committee Meeting #1 Recap

Committee held its first meeting Wednesday May 4. Here’s what happened!

Nyssa Tilford has been appointed to Committee as an at-large member. We appointed Clara Walker, Nyssa Tilford, and Robert Audas to the Executive to bring it up to seven. Two of these people hold temporary seats until we appoint a Treasurer and Producer.

We also had a great discussion about the challenges we experienced at April’s General Meeting and what we could do to avoid those sorts of issues in the future. A special thanks to all the guests that attended!

Potential Solutions

The goal of the discussion was to come up with solutions that avoid the negativity that we experienced, while still allowing individuals to express what they feel is best for FASS. The group chatted about a variety of potential solutions, including adding a time limit to discussion, removing it altogether, gathering anonymous feedback, having a standard list of questions, etc.

The group landed on three items to look into further. The new process would combine these items and would probably replace the discussion with candidates out of the room.

  • Nomination period that starts after the show is complete.
    • Nominations would be released before the AGM as a public list.
    • People can approach candidates about particular issues or approach committee.
    • Committee could bring any concerns to the candidate.
    • Role briefing for candidates to give them more information and a list of questions to think about.
      • Questions to think about would include questions from the company.
    • Nominations would still be accepted from the floor at the meeting.
  • Break after nominations but before questions.
    • Chance for additional nominations after the break.
    • Chance for individuals to raise concerns with a committee member.
    • Chance for committee to raise concerns with the nominee anonymously.
  • More information about roles and what skills/experience you may want.
    • For all roles (elected and appointed).
    • Position slides at AGM should have more information about the role and its expectations.
    • Make these (or some other form of position information) available ahead of time for candidates.

Next Steps

Committee is going to discuss the options and flesh them out. We’ll send out a proposal for comments/feedback. We’ll likely hold a session where people can come in and express their thoughts. If constitutional changes are needed, we’d hold a special general meeting before the Readthrough in January.

In the meantime, if you have any feedback that you’d like to share, please email prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca or chat with anyone on Committee.

Apply Now for the FASS 2017 Team!

FASS 2017 needs a lot of different superpowers to make it happen. From creative vision to super organization, the remaining roles on committee are great for getting involved in FASS 2017 in a big way.

Treasurer
This glamorous position entails being in charge of all of FASS’s money. The Treasurer prepares a budget for Committee’s approval, writes cheques for expenses, ensures that all the spending fits in the budget, and then prepares a financial report to be delivered at the AGM. The Treasurer is very, very important to FASS’s continued existence!

Producer

If there isn’t an audience, then the show is really just a rehearsal. That’s where the Producer comes in. Create posters, sell tickets, and promote the show to the world! The Producer is also in charge of securing cameos: maybe an astronaut is in our future?

Director

The Director takes our script and brings it to life by adding actors, set pieces, costuming, lighting, sound, and music. They are responsible for casting, running rehearsals, and making a lot of decisions to bring their vision to life.

Tech Director

The Tech Director is responsible for coordinating lighting, sound, special effects, sets, props, and costumes for the production. This often means coordinating a team of volunteers to build amazing things out of cardboard!

Stage Manager

FASS’ Stage Manager schedule FASSies, coordinate rehearsals, ensure you learn your lines & your blocking (mostly).organize the production team, calls cues, and generally gets things done.
We need someone organized who can coordinate rehearsals and schedule 100 people without too many conflicts. Someone who can put people in the right place at the right time with all the right things. Someone who can understand our Director’s vision and make it happen on stage.

How to Apply
To apply, send an application to apply@fass.uwaterloo.ca by 6PM on May 15th. Your application should include your qualifications, why you’re interested in the position, and what you plan to do if selected. Your application will be circulated to the Committee for review, and then we will schedule you to come in for an interview.

Stage Manager applications are open until May 30th. You’ll be interviewed and a shortlist of candidates will be provided to the Director for their final choice.

AGM 2016 Recap!

We held our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 23!

We approved two constitutional changes. First, we’ve increased the Executive to 7 people. If someone hasn’t yet been appointed or a person is wearing two hats, other members of the committee will be appointed to Executive to keep the number at 7.

Second, the Producer role has been split into two, where the Secretary role has been replaced with the Company Coordinator. The Producer handles all things external (cameos, ticket sales, posters, etc.) and the Company Coordinator takes on memorabilia, script printing, and parking passes alongside the traditional Secretary duties. A huge thank you to Tristan Mills and Melinda Mah for trying out the split this year.

Michael L. Davenport joins the Honor Roll! Congratulations!

The theme for FASS 2017 is Superheroes!
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A huge congratulations to the following people who were elected at the AGM!
President Elizabeth McFaul
Vice President (President of Party) Gavin Craig
Company Coordinator Katherine Schill
Representative Monica Pierce
Representative Shannon Broekhoven
Representative Minhung Ling
Representative Robert Audas

Applications for Producer, Treasurer, Director, Tech Director, and Stage Manager are all open!

FASS 2017 CSW and Treasurer Applications Open!

As of this moment, CSW and Treasurer applications are officially open! If you would like to be the Chief Script Writer or the Treasurer for FASS 2017, you can now submit your application! Applications are due at 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 28th.

Don’t know what either of those people do? Here is a brief description of the two roles.

Chief Script Writer
The CSW is in charge of writing the hilarious script that the company performs each year. This entails a lot of organization, because FASS has a crack team of Pullitzer-prize winning writers at its disposal and they all have different styles and humour, and someone needs to put them all together.

The CSW is expected to hold meetings throughout the year, starting with the theme meeting before the Annual General Meeting (at the end of March or start of April), and going all the way until the script is done. The CSW has the final control over every aspect of the script—except the theme, which the whole company will vote on during the AGM.

Treasurer
This glamorous position entails being in charge of all of FASS’s money. The Treasurer duties (heheheh duties) include preparing a budget for Committee’s approval, writing cheques for expenses, ensuring that all the spending fits in the budget, and then preparing a financial report to be delivered at the AGM. The Treasurer is very, very important to FASS’s continued existence!

How to Apply
To apply, send an application to apply@fass.uwaterloo.ca by 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 28th. Your application should include your qualifications, why you’re interested in the position, and what you plan to do if selected,… or just the fact that you wish to apply for the position. Your application will be circulated to the Committee for review, and then we will schedule you to come in for an interview. If you include your availability for evenings in the weeks of Feb 29 and March 7, that would greatly help us.

Questions?
If you have any questions about these positions, you can contact our President Rami (prez@fass.uwaterloo.ca). You can also talk to Rachel, the current CSW (csw@fass.uwaterloo.ca), or Sean, the current Treasurer (treasurer@fass.uwaterloo.ca).

Directors, TDs, and Producers: Oh My!

We’ve selected our Director, Technical Director, and Producer for FASS 2016! A big congratulations  to Stefan Verveniotis (our Director), Clara Walker (our TD), Tristan Mills (our Producer) who are joining the Haunted FASS creative team.

We’ve also appointed Megan Redwood to committee as a non-voting member. Megan will be acting as co-vice this year with James Nicoll.

There’s only one more spot left open on committee, and that’s our Stage Manager! Applications for SM are due two weeks from today (June 5th, 11:59PM). If you’re interested in working with our new Director & TD and making a lot of lists, send an email to apply@fass.uwaterloo.ca with why you’re interested and your qualifications. Committee will interview candidates and provide a shortlist to the Director for his final choice. If you have questions about the role, talk to Nadia, our amazing, soon-to-be-past SM.