Lately, power and responsibility are the topics of conversation. As I work in various theatrical productions, I see how the power at the very top affects everyone in the company. When the management at the top of a company treats its employees poorly, it places a dark cloud over the entire production. This happens in a various professions and on a variety of productions.
I had the opportunity on a production to talk to the other departments. Being in the music department, I assumed we were the only ones who were overworked and under paid. Not so; every department was experiencing the same issues. On top of that, there were individuals in the company given preferential treatment.
We all want the show to go on; that’s what we do. But as I talked with more people in the company, there was a clear divide of how people were treated based on their part in the show, their Union or non-Union status, and job title.
And this is the concern; it is easy to perceive the preferential treatment given to certain members of the company. And to some in the company, it can appear as though if you’re not a lead you’re not important. If you’re not a Union card-carrying member, you are not considered.
Under the stress of a production schedule, I receive notes, changes, demands from the director, producers, and choreographer. Even from the actors. It is tempted to turn to anyone in my department and chew their head off too. Even if you’re the director, or producer, doesn’t mean you don’t have the opportunity to consider even the lowly chorus member. And by consider, I mean acknowledge as an employee in your company. And it’s not favoritism; it’s merely human civility. Consider yourself every chance you get to react positively.