The Sunday Giveaway: A Free Pass to the Broadway Stage Management Symposium worth $355!

I was going to be a Stage Manager, ya know.

Sure, sure . . . see my first job was as a Production Assistant on a Broadway show, and that’s the first step in a headset-wearin’, cue-callin’ career as a Stage Manager.

I did it for awhile (and I have some great memories of running the deck for the Broadway company of Grease with Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Mullally and just about every other sort-of-star that walked the planet).

But I switched over to Company Manager shortly thereafter . . . because Stage Managing was just too dang hard!

If only I had a Stage Management Symposium to attend back then!

Well, I didn’t, but you do . . .

And this week we’re giving away a free pass to the upcoming Broadway Stage Management Symposium on May 30th and 31st here in New York City!  The organizers have two full days of speakers planned, including Stage Management superpowers like Peter Lawrence, Arturo Porazzi, Lisa Dawn Cave and more.  And like all conferences, there are a ton of networking opportunities. Even if you’re not a Stage Manager, this is going to be a place to be (and remember – a lot of Directors started as Stage Managers, including Mr. Hal Prince, so check it out).

A pass to the symposium costs $355, but for one lucky winner it’s freeeeeeeeee.

How do you win?

Stage Managers are often unsung heros.  I’m still waiting for a Tony Award for Best Stage Manager (I think I’ll be waiting for a long time).  Since these folks don’t get the shout-outs they deserve, write a comment below about your favorite Stage Manager.  Go ahead, show them some love . . . and one of you will win the ticket.

I’ll start.

My favorite SM is Craig Jacobs.  He gave me my start on My Fair Lady so many years ago, and taught me what it takes to work in this biz.  Without him, I’d probably be in law school right now.  Yep, that’s right, I’d still be in law school, because I would never want to finish my reading.  🙂

Who’s your favorite Stage Manager and why . . . comment your answer and you could win!  Good luck!


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