Michael J. Passaro

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Head of Stage
Management Concentration
MICHAEL J. PASSARO (Adjunct Assistant Professor; Concentration Head, Stage Management) has over twenty-five years experience as a Production Stage Manager for theatrical productions – on Broadway, regionally, and worldwide. He is currently the PSM for the revival of Pippin, his 23rd Broadway show, directed by Columbia directing alumna Diane Paulus ('97). Some of his other credits include the original Broadway productions of Starlight Express, The Will Rogers Follies, Angels in America, The History Boys, A Steady Rain, (starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig), Promises Promises (with Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth) and the recent revivals of Evita and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe. Michael also has significant experience as a producer of corporate events and as a project manager for experiential environments, working for various production companies and clients around the world. Over the past fifteen years, his continuing work with Jack Rouse Associates includes projects for Chevron, Novell, Dell, The Fort Worth Zoo, the NCAA “Hall of Champions” in Indianapolis, IN and the US Open’s “Octagon Retail Store” at the Tennis Center in Flushing-Meadows. Other production companies/clients include: Williams-Gerard Productions (Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb), Empire Entertainment (Disney, Pfizer), and Production Glue (Bloomberg LP). In addition to his recent appointment at Columbia, Michael has taught at the Graduate Program in Stage Management at the Yale School of Drama.
 
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