Stage Management Students Continue to Flourish in 2018

April 16, 2018

The Theatre Program’s Stage Management Concentration continues to flourish this year, with Students and Alumni shining behind the scenes throughout the US and abroad. “Our applicant pool is expanding, so we’re able to invite more qualified stage managers to continue their studies here. The depth of the learning experience—both inside and outside of the classroom—is richer. And the working professionals who comprise the adjunct faculty have offered our students more opportunities than ever before,” according to the Program Director Michael Passaro


In their first year of the program, Stage Management students take specific courses such as Leadership for Stage Managers, Special Topics in Stage Management, History and Theory of Theatre, and Theatre Management and Administration; they also take Collaboration with other Theatre Concentrations and work on Directing students’ theses, giving them real-world experience realizing new works and working on large productions. First-year students will have the chance to apply their knowledge in their Summer internships. Lola Bao '20 will be the Costume & Puppetry Intern for the Vineyard Theatre's production of The Beast In The Jungle, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Taeuk Kang '20 will be the  Summer Production Management intern at JRA Associates, a world-renowned experiential design firm.


The 2nd year students will have hands-on experience as production assistants and interns on some of New York’s most talked-about shows. A group of them will work on the upcoming Broadway production of The Cher Show;  Christopher Maxwell '19 and Megan Webb '19 will work as interns for the developmental workshop and Caitlyn Dominguez '19 along with Alexis Nalbandian '19 will serve as Stage Manager interns for the production. Also on Broadway Jessica Emmanus '19 serves as a Stage Manager intern for Broadway’s Wicked. Some students will also juggle two jobsChristopher Maxwell is also a Production Assistant on the Off-Broadway musical A Letter To Harvey Milk and Megan Webb serves as the Summer 2018 production assistant/ASM at Second Stage. Ali Simone '19 is a Production Assistant for the Public Theater Shakespeare In The Park production of OthelloMorgan Beach '19 us working in Texas as the Production Stage Manager for Kiss Me Kate at Garland Summer Musicals


Thanks to the program's partnership with Classic Stage CompanyPatty Garvey '19 and Alumna Paige Carter '16 just received her Actors Equity Association membership after working as an Assistant Stage manager for the Young Company Production of Julius Caesar. Kirk Laing '16 and Joan Wyatt '17 are also members of AEA now, after serving as Stage Managers for Red Roses, Green Gold, Jerry Garcia's musical, managed by Faculty and Producing & Management Program Director Steven Chaikelson


Recent Alumna Janelle Caso '17 is the ASM for the Public Theater Production of Mlimas Tale, written by Columbia Professor and playwright Lynn Nottage. Adjunct Faculty Member, Linda Marvel is also the Production Stage Manager. During the summer and also at The Public, Abraham Marlett will join as the ASM on Fire In Dreamland and Alumna Rachel Zucker '17, who was the ASM for Tiny Beautiful Things where Adjunct Assistant Professor Diane DiVita was the PSM. Zucker is also Sub ASM on the Broadway Production of Farinelli and the KingGarrett Rollins '15 was the ASM for Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and served as PSM for Sioux City Iowa production of West Side Story directed by Alumnus Christopher Murrah '16. ​


The comprehensive education Stage Managers get during their years at Columbia allows them to explore other disciplines such as Opera and Circus. Alumnus Blake Kile '16 worked as PSM for Amarillo Opera’s production of Man of La Mancha starring Ron Raines, Theatre with a View’s production of Rabbit Hole, and Heartbeat Opera’s production of Carmen. Caroline Watters '14 is the Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil's tour of Toruk: The First Flight in Asia and Europe, the production is inspired by the blockbuster film Avatar. Also working internationally is Alumnus Zhenghao Zhang '15 who's the ASM on the International Tour of Disney’s The Lion King and the PSM for the Chinese production of Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder.