Broadway Symposium Announce 2019 Dates

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The Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS) is back for it's fifth year of sharing insights and information about stage management and Broadway. The BSMS brings together the most experienced and highly-regarded Stage Management professionals on Broadway for an immersive two-day program that offers practical insights, instruction, and inspiration for anyone interested in stage management.

This one-of-a-kind program is designed by stage managers for stage managers at every level of experience. BSMS explores the why's and how's of stage management, that are learned through decades of experience at the highest level. Panelists share their love of their profession along with practical career advice during the two days of the Symposium.

BSMS provides an exceptional forum to engage with these tops professionals. Panels cover a wide variety of topics from technical skills (calling large scale shows, automation, safety) to philosophical matters (leadership, work/life balance, teamwork) and there is always time to interact with the panelists in Q&A sessions, during breaks, and at the very popular wrap party.

BSMS provides an unparalleled networking opportunity, where attendees connect and build relationships with each other as well as with Broadway professionals. Attendees come from around the world to grow their professional network, leading to better employment opportunities. Past attendees have come from all over the U.S., as well as Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Mexico, and Australia!

Not everyone can travel to New York City to join us; therefore, the BSMS offers an online webinar version of the Symposium, where attendees can participate online from anywhere and replay material if they miss some or all of a session. You can still get the benefits of Broadway stage managers' insights and information without leaving your living room or missing a day of work. Stage Managers are charged with bringing all the elements of a show together from taking blocking and making schedules, to teaching understudies and calling cues. They do not receive ovations or awards, yet they ensure every element of a show works the way the creative team intend. The job receives few accolades, while carrying big responsibilities. The BSMS provides a place where stage managers can discuss their unique challenges and concerns, as well as build community.

This educational intensive is open to the public (see website for full details, webinar information, pricing, group and early bird discounts) and will be held June 1 - 2, 2019 in midtown Manhattan, one week before the Tony Awards.

Founded by seasoned Broadway stage manager and educator, Matthew Stern who has worked on over twenty Broadway productions including Finding Neverland, On The Town, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Death Of A Salesman (with Philip Seymour Hoffman), Fiddler On The Roof (with Alfred Molina & Harvey Fierstein), Enchanted April (with Molly Ringwald & Jayne Atkinson), The Full Monty, and more.

Stern is on the faculty of SUNY Purchase and has taught at UC San Diego. Inspired by his students' enthusiasm to learn what it really takes to manage a Broadway show, he brings together his colleagues and fellow Broadway stage managers for this intensive weekend of panels, seminars and lectures, the Broadway Stage Management Symposium.

For more information, please see our website: or contact Matt Stern at

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