Stage Manager - A Merry Little Christmas Carol (November-December, 2020)

A contract with a theatre company again! We still can't do theatre in person, but Erin is excited to spend three weeks working virtually with Westport Country Playhouse (Erin in Colorado, the theatre in Connecticut). It's a radio play adaptation of the Dickens' classic, directed and written by Mark Shanahan, with Sound Designer/Composer/Audio Producer John Gromada. And wait until the cast is announced! Listening opportunities to be announced, but it is due to be available both on the theatre's website and through WSHU Public Radio on December 10 (Act One) and 15 (Act Two).

WSHU Producer/Stage Manager - Current (various dates TBA)

For the first time since the pandemic began, Erin is finally getting to do some paid work - if on a sporadic independent contractor basis. Together with WSHU radio station manager A. Rima Dael, Erin is learning the Shindig virtual platform and helping WSHU move their patron events online. The radio station is based in Fairfield, Connecticut. As events are announced publicly, they will be listed here.

UPCOMING:
December 6, 2020 - A Special Event TBA

PAST:
October 30, 2020 - Through the Looking Glass: An Election Like No Other, A Virtual “Join the Conversation” Event with NPR’s Eric Deggans. Video is available on WSHU's Facebook page (scroll to 4 minutes in).

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Zoom Consultant - Ongoing

Erin is available as a consultant and/or moderator to keep YOUR virtual events  running smoothly. References available specific to this type of project.

Stage Managers' Association

Stage Managers' Association Webinars Chair - Ongoing

Erin was already spearheading the online Forums (now called Webinars) for the Stage Managers' Association before the quarantine began, but she ramped up the offerings as soon as possible to connect stage managers both in the organization and in the greater theatrical/performing arts industry. Check out the SMA's Public Access page for a list of upcoming online events (both for members and those of interest by others in the industry). The page also features a rotation of videos from past webinars, usually only accessed behind the Member login. Erin has been directly involved in the following online discussions:

  • Tuesdays ongoing since March 31 - Denver SM GO (Stage Managers Go Online) - host (weekly until the end of June, approximately twice a month since)
  • August 25 & September 22 (latter upcoming) - Dance SM GO (Stage Managers Go Online): Stage Manager Shimmy - host
  • August 27 - The Role of the Assistant Director in Opera (host)
  • August 15 & 16 - Safer in Theatre Listening Sessions (3 2-hour discussions) - moderator (videos available)
  • July 25 - Trains & Sleighs - The Journey to Santa (moderator)
  • July 24 - Fairytales & Fun - Pulling off Pantos (host)
  • July 23 - Remounting Christmas Carol (moderator)
  • July 22 - Stage Managing Drag Performance: The Holiday Episode (moderator)
  • July 20 - Toy Soldiers & Sugar Plum Fairies – Stage Managing Dancers in the Snow (host/panelist)
  • July 14 - Discussing the Colorado Theatre Standards Document (host)
  • June 24 - Google Slides with Sing Street (moderator)
  • June 24 - Let's Talk Props: The relationship between a props master and a stage manager (host/panelist)
  • June 11 - Dance Stage Management (host/panelist)
  • June 3 - Stage Fighting and the Stage Manager (assistant in planning)
  • June 1 - Ohio Area SM Go (moderator)
  • May 23 - Madison (WI) Morning Meetup (moderator)
  • May 6 - Get-ins, Load-ins and Cue Lights: Comparing UK & USA Stage Management Practices (host)
  • May 1 - Ohio Area SM Go (moderator)
  • April 27 - The Secrets of Agents (moderator)
  • April 23 - Stage Manager Survey 2019 Results (panelist)
  • April 19 - Milwaukee SM GO Paperwork Showcase (moderator)
  • March 26 - Adapting Stage Management Resumes to Other Industries (host)
  • March 24 - Excel for Stage Managers (host/moderator)
  • March 21 - Open Forum on Stage Management (moderator)
  • March 19 - Calling to Music (host/panelist)
  • March 16 - Theatrical Ghost Stories (host)
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Guest Lecturer/Speaker - Ongoing

Whether in person or via video chat, Erin enjoys talking with students at all levels, and also for "behind the scenes" events with patrons. Recent institutions she's had the pleasure of chatting with include the University of Central Florida, Ithaca College, University of Oklahoma, University of Illinois, and University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. Subjects can be tailored to student level and interest, including stage managing across multiple genres, working with unions, paperwork, calling a show (with samples), "soft skills," and more. Visit her guest speaker page.

Stage Managers' Association

Stage Managers' Association Gathering Host - Ongoing

Erin loves to gather other stage managers together for socialization, in coordination with the Stage Managers' Association. We all do the job differently, so let's compare notes! 2017 & 2018 included gatherings at home in Denver, and also while traveling to San Francisco, Bloominton (IN), Cincinnati, St. Louis (at the USITT national conference), Austin, San Antonio, Greeley (CO), Evansville (IN), Boston, and Las Vegas. In 2019, she held gatherings in Dayton (OH), Naples (FL), Southwestern Utah, Cincinnati (OH), Bloomington (IN), Louisville (KY), St. Louis (MO), Fayetteville (AR), Norman (OK), and Denver, as well as hosted online webinar chats for members. 2020 has already started off with gatherings in Naples & Orlando (FL) as well as a private gathering of stage managers in NYC. Check the SMA Facebook Page for the latest events.

Central City Opera

Central City Opera Touring Artists - Ongoing

When "home," Erin can sometimes be found as an Ensemble member behind-the-scenes for Central City Opera's Education & Community Engagement programs. Prior to returning to freelancing, Erin spent nearly a decade with this company as Production Manager/Stage Manager, bringing opera to communities throughout the Rocky Mountains, from elementary school programs to local concerts.

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National Collaborator's Conference - October 9-11, 2020

Held virtually, Erin and Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier co-curated "Stage Management Paperwork through the Centuries: An Exhibition." This exhibit was originally to debut physically at the USITT 2020 Conference which was been adapted due to COVID-19, so they are excited that it had another life at the National Collaborator's Conference, co-sponsored by the Stage Managers' Association, Ohio Valley USITT, the Collaborator Party, and Playhouse Square. For this showing, a companion webpage was created to supplement the video.

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Tipsy Tuesdays Q&A - May 5, 2020

Erin joined host Chelsea Janke to discuss stage management across different genres and unemployment. The two of them were in USITT's Stage Management Mentor Project together several years ago, then Chelsea was hired to join the SM team at New Harmony Theatre when Erin was PSM. Sign up to be on Chelsea’s email list, or find the registration links for future events on her Instagram: @tipsytheatretraveler

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Guest Lecturer/Speaker - St. Edward's University - May 4, 2020

Erin spoke with Bill McMillin (Equity's "Billy Mac")'s stage management students at St. Edward's University, Texas, (via Zoom) on stage managing in multiple genres, navigating freelancing/unemployment, and more. Visit her guest speaker page.

CANCELED: Tosca - April 14-May 3, 2020

Erin was due to make her company debut with Syracuse Opera, stage managing Puccini's classic opera, performing one night only, May 3rd, at the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters at Oncenter.

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USITT Conference - April 1-4, 2020 (Moved online and continuing virtually through at least May 1)

Erin is the newly-appointed Vice Commissioner of Portfolio Reviews & Special Projects for the Management Commission (2019-2020), having coordinated the Portfolio Reviews & Interview Materials Prep (PRIMP) sessions for many years. This free opportunity for attendees of the United State Institue for Theatre Technology's annual conference provides upwards of 150 individual reviews (each requiring two volunteer reviewers).

For the 2020 conference, Erin was working on these additional projects:

Here's her conference bio and session overview.

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Guest Lecturer/Speaker - Metropolitan State University - April 8, 2020

Erin spoke to Jacob Welch's "Theatre Career Development II" class at Metropolitan State University of Denver (via Zoom) on life as a freelance stage manager. Visit her guest speaker page.

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Guest Lecturer/Speaker - University of Notre Dame - April 1, 2020

Erin spoke to Debra Gasper's University of Notre Dame stage management students (via Zoom) on Stage Managing Events. Visit her guest speaker page.

USITT Webinars - February-March 2020

Erin and Deb Sherrer worked up some webinars to help attendees get the most out of the upcoming national conference:

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Guest Lecturer - Ithaca College (NY) - February 14-21, 2020

Erin joined her friend Amanda Spooner to talk to Ithaca College theatre students on subjects including Opera Stage Management 101, Calling to Music and Taping Out a Set (via multiple methods including two-tape triangulation and taping circles). Visit her guest speaker page for more information on additional topics available.

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KCACTF Region IV - February 4-8, 2020

Erin was happy to return as a Stage Management Respondent for the KCACTF Region IV Festival, held this year in Spartanburg, SC. She advised college-age stage managers, and help select a participant to move on to the national level, as well as three honorable mentions. With fellow stage manager Ruth E. Kramer, they enjoyed hosting four different SM Round Tables as well as one-on-one sessions with the fellowship members.

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Guest Lecturer - University of Central Florida - January 29-31, 2020

Erin joins her friend Claudia Lynch to talk to Theatre UCF students on subjects including Opera Stage Management 101 and Unemployment for Freelancers. Visit her guest speaker page for more information on additional topics available.

Stage Managers' Association

Stage Managers' Association Gatherings: Florida - January/February, 2020

Erin loves to gather other stage managers together for socialization, in coordination with the Stage Managers' Association. We all do the job differently, so let's compare notes! While she's working in the Sunshine State the following gatherings are planned:

  • January 25th - Naples, FL brunch
  • February 1st AND 2nd (What can I say, we love gathering!) - Orlando, FL
  • February 10th - ONLINE Webinar "What is Stage Management?"

Check the SMA Facebook Page for the latest events.

Scalia/Ginsburg and Trial by Jury - January 2020

Erin returned to Opera Naples (Florida) stage managing a double bill of Scalia/Ginsburg and Trial by Jury, performing January 24 & 25 at the Wang Opera Center.

REVIEW: Naples Opera strikes gold with a double bill of 'Trial by Jury,' 'Scalia/Ginsburg' - Naples Daily News

Cirque Dreams Holidaze - November 11, 2019-January 4, 2020

Erin stage managed a very different experience this holiday season! It was a career growth/stretch to try a new genre, complete with aerial, balance and other circus acts, along with singing and dancing in this spectacle. Bonus - it was in her hometown, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, CO. Check out this "DO NOT MISS!" review from buildingourstory.com, discussing the production as well as everything else going on at the same resort for the holidaze...holidays!

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Master Class - University of Oklahoma (October 30, 2019)

Erin joins the BFA Stage Management majors (and others interested) at the University of Oklahoma's Helmerich School of Drama, for an evening discussion of stage management. Topics will include working in opera and the life of a freelancer, and of course some Q&A. Afterwards, join Erin for an official Stage Managers' Association gathering nearby.

Visit her guest speaker page for more information on scheduling Erin to speak with your group.

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Guest Lecture - University of Indiana (October 21, 2019)

Erin enjoyed the chance to speak again to the students in Bloomington. Afterwards, Erin co-hosted an official Stage Managers' Association gathering nearby. Once again, it was combined with a sneak peek at UI's dress rehearsal during tech week.

Visit her guest speaker page for more information on scheduling Erin to speak with your group.

Stage Managers' Association

Stage Managers' Association Gatherings - Midwest and Online (September/October 2019)

Erin loves to gather other stage managers together for socialization, in coordination with the Stage Managers' Association. We all do the job differently, so let's compare notes! While she's roadtripping through the Midwest, the following gatherings are planned:

  • September 28 - Cincinnati area (Milford, OH) - at a pumpkin farm, no less!
  • September 30 - Erin hosts a Members-Only Webinar, with Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier, author of the Stage Management History blog for Stage Directions magazine
  • October 7 - Louisville, KY (potential field trip involved)
  • October 21 - Bloomington, IN (potential extra activity being worked up)
  • October 28 - St. Louis, MO
  • October 29 - Fayetteville, AR
  • October 30 - Norman, OK

Check the SMA Facebook Page for the latest events.

Measure for Measure - September 4-October 27, 2019

Erin is thrilled to join the Actors Theatre of Louisville (LORT) as Stage Manager for Fiasco Theater's inventive remount. Performs October 9–27 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium (Louisville, KY). [Note, Erin has also offered this production up for "Operation Observation," the Stage Managers' Association's program allowing fellow stage managers to shadow.]

Yampa River Trip - August 13-15, 2019

Erin returned to the boating world as Assistant River Guide to her husband Mike, once again working with Centennial Canoe.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - early-June to mid-August, 2019

Erin made her company debut with Tuacahan Center for the Arts (LORT), as Assistant Stage Manager to Lynda A. Lavin. This show was BUSY backstage - not only did one actor play 9 members of the same family, the six ensemble each played 10 to 16 characters. It totaled more than 110 costume changes for 10 actors, and there were 36 different pieces of furniture alone (only 1 set used twice). Whee! Performed July 5 to August 10 in the newly renovated indoor Hafen Theater (outside St. George, Utah).

Little Shop of Horrors - mid-March to mid-May, 2019

Erin made her company debut with Theatreworks (SPT - Colorado Springs), stage managing "the plant" for a second time. Performed April 25 to May 19 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater on the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs campus. Yes, Erin got to work in her home state for this one!

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USITT Conference - March 20 to 23, 2019

Erin is the Coordinator of the Portfolio Reviews & Interview Materials Prep (PRIMP) sessions, a free opportunity for attendees of the United State Institue for Theatre Technology's annual conference. Last year we were able to provide 155 individual reviews (each requiring two volunteer reviewers); we're on track to beat that this year!

Join Erin on Wednesday when she is also a panelist for the "10-Minute Topics in Stage Management" session.

Zoom Consultant - September 2020

Erin provided guidance to the Weinfeld Education Group to transfer their Chesapeake Children's Conference to a Zoom platform with breakout rooms and screen share.

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Colorado Creative Careers Festival - March 12, 2019

Erin returns as a session panelist for this unique festival for high school students, highlighting various careers available in the arts.

L’isola disabitata (The Deserted Island) - February 2019

Erin makes a company debut with Opera Naples (Florida) stage managing this Haydn chamber opera, performing February 21 & 23 at the Wang Opera Center.

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The Nutcracker - November-December 2018

Erin returned for a second year as Stage Manager for Nevada Ballet Theatre's annual holiday classic, at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, performing December 9-24. Performances include both live orchestra and tracked performances, triple casts, a 4-story tall set, and Flying by Foy. Whee!

Las Vegas Weekly - Six Reasons Nevada Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker" Remains a Classic Holiday Must

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Love Notes - November 2, 2018

Erin rejoined her Central City Opera Education & Community Engagement Ensemble friends for a one-night concert in Centennial, CO. Part of Good Shepherd Episcopal's Music with a Mission concert series, this performance benefitted St. Francis Center for the Homeless.

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The Barber of Seville - September - October, 2018

AGMA Stage Manager for Boston Lyric Opera, performing October 12-21 at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre; Boston Globe listed it as the "Best large-scale opera" of 2018.

Hunchback of Notre Dame - August 2018

Equity Guest Artist Production Stage Manager for New Paradigm Theatre (Fairfield, CT), performing August 18 & 19. Hey, I got a mention in this promo article! Company focusses on diversity, with abled and autistic actors, people of color, women in prominent roles behind the scenes, and more.

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New Harmony Theatre - May 29 to August 5, 2018

Production Stage Manager (with a team of two Equity, two non-Equity SMs) for New Harmony Theatre's 2018 Summer Season. Rehearsals take place in Evansville with the following performing at the historic Murphy Auditorium in New Harmony, Indiana:

  • Born Yesterday - June 22 to July 1
  • Nunsense - July 13 to 22
  • Talley's Folly - July 27 to August 5
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Don Pasquale - April 2 to May 8, 2018

Assistant Stage Manager for Fort Worth Opera Festival's production of Donizetti's bel canto romp, directed by Chuck Hudson, performed at Bass Performance Hall April 28 to May 6. Opera critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs named it one of his top ten favorite music and opera performances of 2018.

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A Little Night Music - February 3 & 4, 2018

Stage Manager for Alamo City Opera's production in San Antonio, Texas, in the UTSA Downtown Campus's Buena Vista Theatre

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The Nutcracker - November-December 2017

Stage Manager for Nevada Ballet Theatre's annual holiday classic, at the Smith Center in Las Vegas