MOTOWN, AFTER MIDNIGHT & CINDERELLA Stage Managers Featured on New Episode of THE ENSEMBLIST
The Ensemblist is thrilled to announce its new mini-series, "Spotlight On," which will highlight various behind-the-scenes Broadway careers that are rarely seen by fans. For the debut of this newest venture, The Ensemblist interviewed Broadway stage managers Zac Chandler, Mary Macleod, and Cody Renard Richard. From keeping the cast and crew organized, to hours of paperwork, teaching replacements, and communicating with the entire artistic team, the stage manager is always juggling numerous tasks. In this episode, the three guests explain the complicated breakdown of duties on the stage management team and share thrilling and nail-biting moments from their own careers.
Chandler (West Side Story, The Addams Family, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cinderella) has been stage managing since his youth. In this episode, he breaks down the extensive administrative and paperwork responsibilities of the stage manager. Additionally, he gives us a glimpse into his call script for Cinderella.
Macleod (Deuce, A Little Night Music, Sister Act, Flash Dance, Motown, Smokey Joe's Cafe) began her career as a dancer before taking charge backstage. As a dance captain for Smokey Joe's Cafe, she was asked to take on additional responsibilities as an assistant stage manager, opening doors for a second career and rocketing her to further success.
Richard (Lysistrata Jones, Ghost, Cyrano de Bergerac, Motown, After Midnight) found his niche in the theater early on as a stage manager. In this episode, he explains the many different positions on the stage management team and describes the process of calling a show, sharing his terrifying story of technical glitches while calling his first Broadway show with Motown.
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Upcoming episodes will include a special feature on the global phenomenon that is Les Miserables, and interviews with ensemblist understudies who handle split tracks.
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