Mad Cow Theatre Expands Production and Marketing Teams

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Mad Cow Theatre Expands Production and Marketing Teams

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the addition of new staff members supporting Production and Marketing at Mad Cow. Larry Rodriguez, who recently joined Mad Cow as Technical Director, has been promoted to Technical Production Manager in the newly re-structured production department.

As Technical Production Manager, Larry will manage, supervise, build and ensure the successful operations of the department. This includes planning, budgeting, hiring, contracting and scheduling labor, and purchasing materials and equipment. He will supervise day-to-day operations of the theater facility, warehouse and scene shop, maintaining a safe and efficient working environment for performers, technical staff and the company's equipment assets. He will act as liaison between designers and production personnel to attain common goals and deadlines.

Larry hails from the Philippines, where he worked as Technical Director and Lighting Designer for The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) for 11 years. He worked as Theater Manager of The Far Eastern University Auditorium, which houses the Philippines' first cultural center and received the Honorable Mention Award by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a well-preserved Art Deco structure in the Philippines. Larry also worked as Director of Photography on television commercials and music videos and represented the country in international theatre festivals. In 2005, Larry moved to Seattle and joined Book-It Repertory Theatre as their Technical Director and Production Manager for five seasons. He spent one season with Bainbridge Performing Arts as Technical Director and Lighting Designer and three years as Technical Director and Lighting Designer at Holy Names Academy Theatre & Film Department. Before moving to Orlando he was Technical Production Manager of Seattle Musical Theatre for three seasons. He studied Lighting Design and Sound Engineering in Tokyo, Japan and attended Broadway Lighting and Projection Master classes in New York.

As part of the new structure in production, Chris Sutter, who most recently served as carpenter on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hair, has been named as the new Assistant Technical Director. He will report directly to Larry, assisting with administrative tasks and continuing his work as Master Carpenter.

We are also happy to announce the creation of two full-time stage management positions that will also serve as Assistant Production Managers.

Melissa Cooper, who has stage managed and worked in our scenic shop this season (Other Desert Cities, Science Play Festival, The Mountaintop, Mrs. Warren's Profession), has joined the team as one of the two new Assistant Production Managers/Stage Managers


We are also happy to announce that two of Mad Cow's most senior production designers are now in full time positions with Mad Cow. William Elliott, who has designed sets for Mad Cow as far back as Season 1 (Burn This, Death of a Salesman, Twelve Angry Men) and Lisa Buck, a talented Graphic Designer and painter who joined Mad Cow in Season 2 as a contracted designer, have been named as Resident Scenic Designer and Manager of Art and Design respecitively. In Lisa's role, she is responsible for graphic designs related to marketing, scenic painting, and specialty prop design.

The Marketing Department is also pleased to announce the addition of Kelli Cummins-Branson as Mad Cow's new Marketing Manager. Kelli served as the Marketing Manager for IBEX Puppetry as well as Interim Marketing Manager for the Orlando Repertory Theatre. She holds her master's in Interdisciplinary Arts and her BFA in Dance and has also worked with Voci Dance and as an Arts Education consultant for Mary Palmer and Associates.

All of these new positions are effective immediately. Please join us in congratulating everyone on their new roles and assignments.

A job search is currently underway to fill the second Assistant Production Manager/Stage Manager position. Candidates interested in applying for this position should send a cover letter and resume to Mad Cow Theatre Human Resources Department at office@madcowtheatre.com by July 3rd, 2014 for consideration. Please see below for the job descrption.

Assistant Production Manager/Stage Manager
Join Mad Cow Theatre, one of Orlando's foremost professional theater companies. We are located in a new venue in the heart of downtown Orlando with a total of 220 seats between our two theatre spaces. With an annual attendance of over 20,000 and a subscriber base of 500, Mad Cow produces 10 productions plus The Orlando Cabaret Festival. Over the past 17 years, Mad Cow Theatre has grown from a tiny arts organization with an annual budget of $1,000 to the 15th largest non-profit arts organization in Orlando with an annual budget of over $800,000.

The Assistant Production Manager/Stage Manager serves as one of two production stage managers for Season 18 and an administrative arm within Mad Cow's 4- person Production Department comprised of the Technical Production Manager, Assistant Technical Director and two Assistant Production Managers/Stage Managers.

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