WICKED's Marybeth Abel & Christy Ney Hold Stage Management Intensive Today

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Broadway Basics has recruited high school students for their Stage Management Workshop- a one day intensive set for today, October 14, 2013 from 10am-3pm at the Pearl Studios. Upon attending the workshop, students will be able to spend the day in NYC, the theater capital of the world, and learn first hand what it takes to put on a Bradway show all the way from pre-production through strike.

The Broadway Basics experience guarantees a class size of up to 20 students which will result in more one-on-one time and enhance the opportunity for group work and individualize tasks. The classroom challange are designed to emphasize multitasking, problem solving and scenario work, and the use of tools and paperwork. The basics of stage management that you will learn include the commercial versus not-for-profit theater, Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional, and Touring, Technical Theatre, as well as contacts and unions.

The Broadway Basics mission statement reads: 'It is our goal to share our love of theatre and stage management with our students. We wish to enrich their lives and studies by introducing them to the specialized and often times unrecognized work of the stage manager. It is our hope to inspire the next generation of stage managers".

For additional information, visit: http://www.broadwaybasics.com/

Marybeth Abel (Production Stage Manager) has been professionally and successfully employed for 30 years. Highlights of her Broadway career include Wicked, Cyrano De Bergerac, Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles, Sly Fox, Fosse, Five Guys Named Moe. She held the role of Production Supervisor for 12 years of all North American companies, including the original Broadway Company, of Les Miserables. In addition to her theatrical credits she has produced and stage managed several major live concert and benefit events. She holds an adjunct professorship in the Theatre Arts division at Columbia University- Graduate Stage Management Program, where she shares her passion for helping to develop and guide the next generation of working, thinking and judicious Stage Managers.

Christy Ney (Stage Manager) Christy's love of the arts began with her first dance class at age 3 ½. After a childhood filled with music and dance, she decided to pursue a career backstage as opposed to onstage. She has been privileged to have spent the past 15 years working as a professional Stage Manager. Currently, she is an Assistant Stage Manager on Broadway's Wicked. Other credits include: (Broadway) Marie Christine, Side Man. (National Tour) The Lion King. (Off-Broadway) The World Over, Falsettos, and Floyd Collins. (Regional) 3 seasons at Paper Mill Playhouse and productions for the New Jersey State Opera and New Jersey Ballet. She has been a member of the teaching faculty for the New York Film Academy's Musical Theatre Conservatory Program for the past 3 years and gets great joy out of teaching and tutoring theatre students. In addition, she lectures and teaches workshops on technical theatre and Stage Management for many theatres, colleges and universities.

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