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Accountability: June 2017

Profile I am thirty-two years old and I am a Stage Manager at Sleep No More in New York City. My contract just extended through January. I make $115/show and work 7-8 shows a week. Saving & Spending So on the plus side, life does not feel like I’m on a runaway roller coaster anymore.…

Free Theater in NYC

Free Theater in NYC

It’s not uncommon to hear about the cost of Hamilton tickets in the news these days. Leading up to Lin–Manuel Miranda’s last performance, tickets were showing up on StubHub for $20,000 a piece and the cheapest tickets available on that site was $1,350. Now that the original cast has departed, ticket prices should drop to…

The $2.50 Subway Conundrum

The $2.50 Subway Conundrum

Yesterday as I was walking 20 blocks to Penn Station after work, I had some time to think. You see, I wasn’t on a tight schedule after work, it was a nice day and I figured, why spend $2.50 if I don’t have to on the subway back? My travel stipend for this job just…

#NYCWin: Free Opera

#NYCWin: Free Opera

Ok, so some of you out there might not consider free opera a win. Personally, I had no stance on opera at all, which is a little weird given my whole career path. I do remember a sort of masochistic 20 year old Mel hearing that opera was the hardest thing to stage manage and…

#NYCWin: Free Kayaking

#NYCWin: Free Kayaking

Usually when I write about life in NYC, I regale you all with one of my Fail tales. This past week though, I actually scored an NYC win that I thought I’d share with any locals or folks headed here in the summer. Free kayaking! Erin over at Broke Millennial has this great list of…