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Broadway's Leading Stage Managers Unite For Third Annual BROADWAY STAGE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM


For the third year in a row, Broadway's best stage managers unite for the Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS), an immersive two-day program that offers practical insights, instruction and career advice for college students and young stage managers alike. Taught by some of the most experienced and highly-regarded Stage Management professionals on Broadway, BSMS is a one-of-a-kind program designed to help up-and-comers forge a successful career.

Stage managers are at the unique intersection of the creative and the technical aspects of a theatrical production. They do not receive applause or awards, but they are the ones who synchronize all elements of a show and ensure that every performance goes as planned. BSMS panelists and speakers have decades of experience at the highest level, representing well over 100 current and past Broadway productions.

BSMS provides a forum to engage with Broadways tops professionals, discussing topics that range from technical skills (calling large scale shows, automation, flying, safety) to the philosophical (leadership, emotional intelligence, people skills). BSMS is also a valuable opportunity to network and build relationships with other stage managers from around the country: past attendees have come from 25 different states, plus Argentina, Bolivia and Australia!

This educational intensive is open to the public (see website for full details, pricing, student, group and early bird discounts).

The 2017 BSMS will be held June 3 and 4 in midtown Manhattan, one week before the Tony Awards.

Clifford Schwartz, Thom Widmann & Lisa Dawn Cave lead the distinguished group of speakers with over 75 combined years of experience on Broadway.

Clifford Schwartz: Production Supervisor with Disney Theatrical Group since 1999. Disney credits include nine productions of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, three productions of Tarzan and the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. Other credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Chicago, Big, A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Assassins at Playwrights Horizons, Honky Tonk Nights and Moose Murders.

Thom Widmann: Production Supervisor of Wicked, managing productions worldwide. Credits include: Production Stage Manager for Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, The Frogs, and Contact. Lincoln Center Theatre credits include: Nothing But The Truth, A Bad Friend, Racing Demon. Other Broadway credits include: The Sound of Music, The King and I, Skylight. Many Off-Broadway productions for Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theatre.

Lisa Dawn Cave: Production Stage Manager: Shuffle Along..., Fun Home, Rocky, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Other Broadway credits include: Bring It On!; West Side Story, Come Fly Away, The Color Purple, Hot Feet, The Woman in White, Julius Caesar, Caroline or Change, Into The Woods, The Wild Party, Parade, Smokey Joe's Café and Show Boat. Lisa Dawn is also the Production Stage Manager for the highly-anticipated production of Disney's Frozen.

Other speakers include: Bess Marie Glorioso (Fiddler On The Roof, Once, It Shoulda Been You, The Story of My Life and more), Jimmie Lee Smith (Aladdin, The Lion King, The Mountaintop and more), Bonnie Panson (Anastasia, Gigi, Bring It On!, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and more), Kenneth McGee (Kinky Boots, The Little Mermaid, In The Heights and more) Gary Mickelson (Doctor Zhivago, Memphis, The Producers and more), David Lober (Groundhog Day, Matilda, Wicked), Chris Zaccardi (Noises Off, Hair, 9 to 5 and more), Thomas Recktenwald (On Your Feet, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins and more), Matthew Dicarlo (The Color Purple, Rock of Ages, Honeymoon in Vegas) and Production Managers Hilary Blanken & Guy Kwan (Dear Evan Hanen, Waitress, Something Rotten! and many, many more). Additional speakers will continue to be added to this stellar line up as well

About Broadway Stage Management Symposium

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 many more.

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

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