Actually Stage Managers are Specifically Prohibited from being the Equity Deputy. The Deputy is elected from within the cast and must be a memeber in good standing. Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers, are responsible for the strict adherence to the A.E.A. rules governing rehearsal, performance, etc. and are members of Equity, but since they are a "management" posistion Equity demands that there be a seperate "On -Site" Arbiter. Just a couple of other interesting rules about Equity SMs . They are not allowed to be the "pay-master" for a production. In other words the Producer can't hand them the Paychecks and say, " here hand these out to everyone." The second is Equity S.M.s are also not allowed to be required to be the person responsible for securing a facility. Basically when a show is done and the SM leaves there better be somebody else around to lock-up.
Thats no fun, you should talk to someone about it. AEA contracts have a statement in them that basicly says that the ASM can not participate in scene changes if those scene changes conflict with the regular duties of the ASM. This is also the reason you do not see equity actors pushing around sets.I am in college right now and I am the ASM and well I asumed that I would be taking on the duties that you all mentioned. Well I am actually running crew. Me and one other ASM are suppoesed to do all set changes and everything. That is not what I assumed I would be doing. I don't mind it but I just was not expecting it. It is a very complex show for set changes. There are 17 scenes in Act 1 and 18 in Act 2.