Michael J. Passaro

Adjunct Associate Professor
Head of Stage
Management Concentration
Michael J. Passaro has nearly thirty years experience as a Production Stage Manager for theatrical productions – on Broadway, regionally, and worldwide. He is currently the PSM for the Roundabout Theater Company's production of Holiday Inn, and will be the PSM for the upcoming Broadway show Charlie And The Chocolate Factory directed by Jack O'Brien. Recent credits include: Bright Star (written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and directed by Walter Bobbie), Wolf Hall, his 25th Broadway show, The River (starring Hugh Jackman) and the revival of Pippin, directed by Columbia alumna Diane Paulus ('97). Other work includes 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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