Hamlet

Stage Management Bios

Students in the stage management program further their education through professional assignments. In the Summer of 2017, our students worked with the following theatre companies:

Nathan Brauner, MFA, Assistant Stage Manager, The Des Moines Metro Opera

Katy McGlaughlin, MFA, Stage Manager, Charlottesville Opera, formerly Ash Lawn Opera, Charlottesville, Virginia

Aubrey Near, MFA, Assistant Stage Manager, New Harmony Theatre, Evansville, Indiana

Samantha Paradis, MFA, Stage Manager, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway, Arkansas

Nic Steffes, BA, SM Intern, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Meg Sugden, MFA, Assistant Stage Manager, New Harmony Theatre, Evansville, Indiana

Lindsay Warnick, MFA, Production Stage Manager, softFocus, New York CIty, NY

 

Iowa Stage Managers, Present

MARIANA TEJEDA
MFA '20 Candidate

SPENCER CLOUSE
MFA '21 Candidate

JENNIFER SANDGATHE
MFA '21 Candidate

MADISON DAVIS
MFA '22 Candidate

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Tallgrass Gothic

 

Iowa Stage Managers, Past

AUBREY NEAR 
MFA '19
After graduating from Emporia State University in 2014, Aubrey worked in Lawrence, Kansas as the Production Manager at the Lawrence Arts Center until August 2016. During that time, she was granted a sabbatical to stage manage two workshops of the original play All We Have Left by Liz Hara, directed by Spencer Lott, through the Jim Hensen foundation at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and at La Mama Puppet Theatre Festival. During the upcoming year, Aubrey looks forward to stage managing Quiz Out! by fellow MFA student, Margot Connolly, and assistant stage managing Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play under second year stage manager, Katie McGlaughlin. Aubrey would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support. She feels extremely blessed for the opportunity to study at the University of Iowa.

 

MEG SUGDEN 
MFA '19
After graduating with a BA in Theatre from UCSD Meg worked locally in San Diego at a variety of professional theaters including; Cygnet Theatre, MOXIE Theatre and Diversionary. She also stage managed a show at the NY Fringe Festival last summer. Meg is thrilled to start her journey at the University of Iowa and is looking forward to working on Julius Caesar in the fall followed by a Graduate Assistantship with the Dance department in the spring. 

 

KATY MCGLAUGHLIN 
MFA '18
Katy worked with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival on their production of South Pacific. She received her BFA in Theatre (with an emphasis in stage management and a secondary emphasis in technical direction) from Webster University in St. Louis. Favorite credits include The 39 Steps and The Tempest (Festival 56), Pride and Prejudice (The Denver Center), Homebody/Kabul (Curious Theatre Company), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Little Theatre on the Square), Reefer Madness (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), and Batboy (Webster University). She has a personality but struggles to show it in bio writing.

 

LINDSAY WARNICK 
MFA '18
Lindsay earned her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and then ran away to join the circus as the Stage Management Intern at Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ in Las Vegas.  After a stint working in public libraries and nannying for two amazing kids, Lindsay returned to school and is incredibly grateful to find herself at the University of Iowa.  This past summer she worked as the General Management Intern at the Public Theater in New York City and looks forward to continuing her exploration of theater management.  She is excited to take on Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike this fall, her first Mainstage SM gig at UIowa.

 

NATHAN BRAUNER 
MFA '17
Nathan previously earned a BFA in Acting at Oklahoma City University. Nathan has a full year of stage managing ahead of him with two theatre productions in the theatre department (American IdiotFood and Fadwa), an opera in the music school (Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicci) and an opera with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (La Traviata). His past UIowa credits include The RivalsDance Gala 2014Undergrad/Grad Dance Concert and Undergrad Dance Concert. His professional credits include Fancy NancyMagic Tree House (Oregon Children’s Theatre); The Lion in WinterThe Seagull (Northwest Classical Theatre Company); Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart (Hand2Mouth Theatre); CircOdyssey (The Circus Project); Romeo and Juliet (Willamette Shakespeare). 

 

SAMANTHA L. PARADIS
MFA '17
Samantha earned her undergraduate degree in History and Theatre from the University of Maine. Her most recent stage management credits include Production Stage Manager at Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival, 2016 New Play Festival, Arcadia, Iowa Summer Opera - The Gondoliers, Silo Tree as part of the 2015 New Play Festival, Sea of Trees, and Striking 12. This year Sam will be stage managing the Q Brothers hip-hop musical adaption of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini.

 

KARL ALPHONSO
MFA ’08
Since his graduation in 2008, Karl has stage managing for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is currently working on productions of The Music Man and Henry VIII. Other professional credits include: Stage Manager for Incorruptible, and a staged reading of Red Scare on Sunset (Iowa Summer Rep), Assistant Stage Manager for An Empty Plater at the Cafe du Grand Boeuf and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Iowa Summer Rep). Internationally, he was the Stage Manager for Q Theatre Productions, India from 2001-2005. Production credits include Salome, Romeo and Juliet, Minorities, All My Sons, and Beyond Therapy. While in Iowa, Karl served as PSM on the Iowa New Play Festival 2008 and as Stage Manager on numerous theatre and dance productions including Individual Subject (Dance Thesis Concert), A Perfect Wedding, the Partnership in the Arts productions of Versailles and The Puzzle Locker, three Iowa New Play Festival productions and the Graduate/Undergraduate Dance Concert (Fall 2006 and 2007).
 

LEIGH'ANN ANDREWS 
MFA ’14
Leigh'Ann Andrews is originally from Houston, TX and is currently a third-year graduate student studying Stage Management at the University of Iowa. Most recently she has stage managed for Creede Repertory Theatre and the Arvada Center in Colorado. Before moving to Iowa City, Leigh’Ann stage managed in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex at Casa Mañana (20+ productions), Dallas Theater Center, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Circle Theatre, and Jubilee Theatre. Leigh'Ann also interned in stage management at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Leigh'Ann holds a BFA in Production and Design from Texas Christian University and is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

 

BETH BEWLEY
MFA ’03

My experience in the University of Iowa MFA Stage Management program becomes even more valuable as I move forward in my career.  The challenges, projects, people and overall spirit offered by the program and faculty continue to be an asset in my current career path.  Even though I have moved from Stage Managing to being an Executive Director of a historic theatre, the lessons are still applicable.  I think most vital to my experience was the collaborative skills I acquired while at Iowa.  The spirit of collaboration plays out in every project that I do, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn in such a nurturing environment such as the University of Iowa.

Past-Executive Director, Englert Theatre, Iowa City
 

KATIE BURNETT 
BA ’14
Katie Burnett is a third year undergraduate pursuing degrees in Theater Arts, Arts Administration, and Communication Studies. Academic credits include at the UI include the upcoming Iowa Partnership in the Arts with The Moving Company (ASM), The Cherry Orchard (ASM), work within the gallery season on new works such as Eggshell (ASM), The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers (SM), and Fields Below (SM), and work with the UI Opera department on Romeo et Juliette (ASM), and the upcoming La Clemenza di Tito (ASM). She hopes to pursue stage management and arts administration in the future.

 

ERIN BURNS
MFA '10
Erin is currently a stage manager for both Ballet Nebraska and The Omaha Community Playhouse. Recent credits include On Golden Pond, Dracula, Becky’s New Car, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Favorite professional credits include work with Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Cedar Rapids Opera, City Circle Acting Company, Theatre Aspen, Nebraska Shakespeare, and Opera Omaha.  She also had the privilege of interning at San Diego's prestigious Old Globe Theatre during the summer of 2009. Erin earned her BFA in Technical Theatre from Creighton University.
 

KRIS BYERLY
BA ’02
Kris is currently the Production Stage Manager at La Comedia Dinner, where she has stage managed two dozen productions including Miss Saigon, Beauty and The Beast, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. While at UI, Kris stage managed The Road To Santiago, BEaKers, and The Last Scene. Her professional experiences include Production Stage Manager for Milbrook Playhouse (including Footloose and Smokey Joe's Cafe); Stage Manager for Hamlet (Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival) and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Theatre L'Homme Dieu); and Assistant Stage Manager for Othello (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Olympus On My Mind (Florida Studio Theatre), The Miracle Worker (Northern Stage), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Windwood Tours).
 

JOSH DANIELS
MFA ’07

UI provided me the perfect environment to better my skills as a stage manager and also made me a more well rounded individual. With two faculty members devoted to the stage management students, I was able to hear different thoughts and ideas on how to solve the myriad of problems that arose. This has become a great asset to me while discovering what kind of stage manager I want to be.  Personally, I wouldn't trade my UI experiences for anything. Incoming students will have a lot of long nights and hard work ahead of them, but they will leave a stronger stage manager, and person, than when they arrived. 

Josh is currently a Stage Manager for Cirque Du Soleil’s resident show in Macau, China, ZAIA. Josh completed his MFA in Theatre Arts Stage Management at the University of Iowa and BA in Theatre and Electronic Media with honors from Morehead State University in May of 2004. Josh’s other professional experiences include Assistant Company Manager for Sesame Street Live! 123 Imagine with Elmo and Friends, Company Stage Manager for Encore! (Chamber Theatre Productions a national touring children’s theatre production), Production Stage Manager for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Me, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, The Producers (Shenandoah Music Theatre), Young Abe Lincoln and South Pacific (Lincoln Amphitheatre), Assistant Stage Manager for Guys and Dolls, Threepenny Opera, and HMS Pinafore (Light Opera Oklahoma), Stage Manager for The Artificial Jungle (Iowa Summer Rep), and Assistant Stage Manager for The Tale of the Allergist Wife (Iowa Summer Rep).
 

ADRIANA FERNANDEZ 
MFA ’15
Adriana teaches theatre and dance management, event management, and arts marketing at Indiana University Bloomington.  Adriana's UI stage management credits included the Faculty/Graduate Concert, Dance Gala, Striking 12A Dream Play, the 2013 Grad/Undergrad Dance Concert, the 2013 Undergraduate Dance Concert, Collaborative Performance: Revelation Pending: PastPresentFuture, and Production Stage Manager for New Play Festival 2014. Some of her other stage management credits include working on productions at the University of Florida, Florida Players, Riverside Theatre, Iowa Summer Rep and the Gainesville Playhouse.

 

KATHLEEN HAINS 
MFA ’15
Kathleen Hains stage managed The Consul with the School of Music and Luck of The Irish on the Mainstage in her final year of MFA studies. Last summer she stage managed bare at the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.

 

CHRISTI HETZLER
MFA '04
While at Iowa, Christi Stage Managed Klub Ka, which had an Equity Showcase production in New York at LaMama E.T.C.. She also Stage Managed for the Dance Department and hopes to do more dance stage management in the future. Originally trained as a dancer, she holds a BFA in Performance and a Professional Certificate in Arts Administration. Prior to graduate school, Christi ran a small theatre company and worked professionally as a performer and musical theatre choreographer. Her most recent professional credit is a tour with Chamber Theatre Productions (Boston) in 2005, in roadhouses throughout the eastern half of the U.S. After graduation, Christi relocated to England. In summer 2008, she Stage Managed a production of Pericles at The Dell stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. In summer 2010 she Stage Managed a production of West Side Story at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, Devon. She's now in Yorkshire and an Associate Member of the Stage Management Association, through whom she is applying for jobs as Deputy Stage Manager - the equivalent in the UK of the person who is in rehearsal and calls the show. Contacts and introductions are welcome.

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STEPHANIE HINTON
BA ’07

The skills that I developed as a stage manager at the University of Iowa have been invaluable to my work as a teacher.  Learning how to deal with people in a diplomatic, non-confrontational manner; broadening my organizational skills; and learning how to adapt to any situation -- these have become an essential part of the 'toolbox' which I brought with me to my current work.

The opportunities that the UI Theatre Department provides ts stage managers are amazing.  The sheer number of productions that are produced in a year allows its stage managers the hands-on opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom.  When I worked as an intern during my summers, I found that I was more prepared to deal with problems that arose than most of the other interns due to the experiences and training I received as part of the SM team at UI.

Instructor, Teach For America, Baton Rouge, LA
 

RACHAEL KING
MFA ’05

My time in Iowa was a great opportunity to grow not only as a stage manager, but also as a teacher and a social individual. The challenges of balancing class work, teaching, production assignments and everyday life prepared me for the world of professional stage management. As a stage manager, you are always going to have to make choices about the priority of what needs to be accomplished and what you as an individual need to have to be able to function at the moment.

A big focus of theatre today is the development of new plays, everything from readings to workshops to full-scale productions. Iowa equipped me to deal with the ever-changing nature of the new play rehearsal process, as well as the many forms of the relationship of the playwright to the production process.  Now, as a Production Manager, the additional skills I acquired in sound design, lighting and drafting hlep me on a daily basis to problem solve, communicate and support the production.  My productino meeting notes are always commended and my ability to translate communication between team members is an invaluable skill.

Rachael is the production manager for Green Thumb Theatre, a touring company based in Vancouver, Canada.  As such, Rachael deals with domestic and international tour logistics, manages the tour fleet and works with design and stage management teams to make sure everyone and everything is prepared to hit the road.

She is a CAEA stage manager, who has worked with such companies as the Caravan Farm Theatre, Shaw Festival, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Passe Muraille, the Blyth Festival and the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Rachael has toured extensively through Canada, the U.S. and Australia, taught Stage Management at Douglas College and served as an Event Services Supervisor for the Curling Venue at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

 

LARA KINZEL
MFA ’04

My UI training was invaluable to me.  I came into the program very young and with little professional experience.  The personal growth and process I was able to achieve in my three years there prepared me for the professional world I was about to enter.  The constructive criticism, mentorship and overall education I received from my committee, professors and peers was excellent, and it gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to become a leader in my theatre community.  I have many great memories from UI and will always be thankful for my time there.

Resident Stage Manager and Executive Assistant, Palm Beach Dramaworks
 

ALISON KOCHMAN 
MFA '16
Alison Kochman is from Houston, Texas. Some of her recent stage management credits include work at The Muny in St. Louis, MO on My Fair Lady, Holiday Inn, and Into the Woods as well as University of Iowa work on Crescendo, Makeover, and Die Fledermaus. She is a proud member of AEA. 

 

SARAH KOLMAN
BA '10
Sarah is currently working as a Production Assistant in the San Diego area for theaters such as the La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe. While at Iowa, Sarah was fortunate enough to work on a variety of projects. Some highlights include: Akarui (ASM), America! (Our Better History) and The Madwoman of Chaillot (ASM). Sarah has also worked for the New York Theatre Workshop as a Production Management Intern. Her professional credits include Ruined (intern), Little Miss Sunshine (intern), A Dram of Drummhicit, and Peer Gynt at the La Jolla Playhouse and Odyssey at The Old Globe. Sarah is currently working on The Recommendation at The Old Globe.
 

KRISTIN P. KURZ 
MFA '13
Kristin P. Kurz is originally from New Jersey and is currently serving as the Stage Manger for Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts in Ithaca, New York.  Kristin served as the Production Stage Manager for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Michigan for the 2011 and 2012 summer seasons where she oversaw seven shows in four venues in a rotating repertory schedule. Her other credits include working with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Concert; Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts; PCPA in Santa Maria, California; New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire; and Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine.

 

AMBER LEWANDOWSKI 
MFA ’14
Amber is a third year MFA candidate from Cleveland, Ohio. Stage management credits include work in opera, deaf theatre, and various touring productions, as well as productions with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Lexington Children's Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Before moving to Iowa City, Amber was also the Company Manager for Opera New Jersey in Princeton. Amber received her bachelor's degree from Otterbein University where she specialized in stage management and vocal performance. www.amberklewandowski.com

 

TRESA MAKOSKY 
MFA '12
Tresa Makosky has recently graduated with an MFA in Theatre Arts, Stage Management from the University of Iowa.  While at the UI, she was stage manager for shows such as Big Love, In the Night, The Turn of the Screw, and assistant stage manager for Eye Piece and The Mikado.  Tresa has also spent two seasons at Iowa Summer Rep, as part of the stage management team for The Woman in Black, Sherlock’s Last Case, The Scene, and The Family of Mann.

 

MICHELLE MARTIN
MFA '10
Michelle completed her degree in May 2010, while on an internship with the Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. She has since moved back to her native Phoenix to begin her freelance career. Stage management credits at UI include 6 theatre productions (including 3 new works), and seven dance productions including the Dance Department's flagship production Dance Gala in 2009. She also had the opportunity to stage manage for Iowa Summer Rep on Dead Man's Cell Phone during the 2009 season. Previously, she had worked as an ASM for the 2006-2007 season of Southwest Shakespeare Company, on Ballet Arizona's Nutcracker for the 2005 Christmas season, and in the lighting department for Valley Youth Theatre's summer seasons for 2004 and 2005. She is a proud member of the Stage Manager's Association.
 

BRIANA MAXWELL
MFA '08
Briana is the Production Stage Manager for the Department of Dance and School of Music’s Opera Department at the University of Iowa.  In addition, she is the stage manager for three to five productions in both departments annually.  Additionally she worked with Iowa Summer Rep 2010 and 2011.  In Summer 2011, she Production Stage Managed the Division of Performing Arts Summer Season of Iowa Summer Rep and Summer Opera.  She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Sociology from Austin Peay State University.  She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Her professional credits include stage managing for Iowa Summer Rep, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Riverside Theatre, Center Stage Clarksville, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Her hometown is Clarksville, Tennessee and she currently resides in Iowa City.
 

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NICHOLAS MITSIS
BA '05
Nicholas is a multifaceted artist who works as a Manager, Performer, and Director in theatrical entertainment. He began training for his career in Sarasota, FL at age 13, continuing on at the University of Iowa. Currently, he is touring with the production Illumination by Cirque Dreams as the Company Manager and a Performer. He debuted on Broadway as a Performer in Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broadway Theatre on June 26th, 2008 while working as the Interim Company Manager. Additional credits include: Company Manager of the National Broadway Tour of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy 2006-2009, Assistant Director of Cirque Dreams Illumination 2007 (Original Production), Director of the Sound of Music 2008 at William and Mary University, Company Manager and Stage Manager of Cirque Dreams Pandemonia 2008, and Production Manager of Cirque Dreams Holidaze 2008. In addition to his recent professional credits, Nicholas has worked on a variety of Corporate Functions, University Theatre, and Community Theatre 1996-2006. In the future, Nicholas plans to attain an MFA and PhD. Special thanks to Terri Wood, Tisch Jones, James P. Birder, Neil Goldberg, and his wonderful Greek family!
 

ERIN PATRICK 
MFA ’09
Since graduation, Erin has been working at the University of Maryland as the Production Coordinator for the Department of Dance. While at the University of Iowa, Erin served as the Production Stage Manager for the 2009 Iowa New Play Festival and worked extensively as a stage manager and lighting designer for the Dance Department. Other production credits from Iowa include the Iowa New Play Festival Productions of Dust Town and WorkWeek, the Partnership in the Arts production of 14, and the 2009 production of As You Like It. Professionally she has worked with Riverside Theatre, Iowa Summer Rep, Music Theatre in Green Bay, WI, Hampshire Shakespeare Festival, The Miniature Theatre of Chester and Leatherstocking Theatre. Erin also holds a B.S. in Theatre and English from the State University of New York at Oneota.

 

KELSEY PETERSEN 
MFA ’16
Kelsey is originally from Southern Idaho.  Kelsey recently spent the summer in Conway, Arkansas, working for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre where she Stage Managed FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and Assisted on THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.  Last summer she worked as the Production Stage Manager for the Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greeley, Colorado. Other recent stage management credits include: THE LIAR, POCKETFUL OF SAND, and MEDUSA UNDONE (UIowa); SWING! THE MUSICAL and THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Little Theatre of the Rockies); RED, MY FAIR LADY, and SHE LOVES ME (Heritage Theatre Festival); BY GERSHWIN, THE WANDERERS, and URBAN COWBOYS (Florida Studio Theatre). 

 

GINA T. SAVOIE
MFA '10
Gina, a proud new member of Actors' Equity Association, recently earned her MFA from the University of Iowa where she worked on numerous new plays, including Eye Piece, written and directed by Rinde Eckert. She is currently the departmental stage manager for Washington University in St. Louis. Gina has also worked for Iowa Summer Rep, the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and the Cincinnati Opera education tour.
 

KATYBETH SCHMID 
MFA'13
Educational work includes: Lady M, All that Shines, Dancers in Company 2012, Turn of the Screw (as Assistant Stage Manager), The Cherry Orchard, Rogue's Dance, Grad/Undergrad, Collaborative Performance: Than mirror appear; are they objects closer in? (University of Iowa); Dance 2009, Of Thee I Sing, Iphigenia in Aulis, The Underpants, Urinetown: The Musical (East Carolina University).  Professional work includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream and On Golden Pond (Crossroads Repertory Theatre); I Do! I Do! (Iowa Summer Rep); The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Iowa Summer Rep, Assistant Stage Manager); Three Fat Frogs (Signature Dance Company); Steel Magnolias (Theatre of The American South); Arsenic and Old Lace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story (ECU/Loessin Summer Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager).  KatyBeth graduated from East Carolina University in 2009 with a BFA in Stage Management.

 

JENNIFER SEARS
MFA ’11
Ms. Sears is currently working with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, stage managing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the 2013 season, she will find herself at the St. Louis Winter Opera for Tosca and will return to Long Beach Opera where she has recently worked on The Paper NautilusThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Maria de Buenos Aires. Her past credits also include: Brownie Points (Lamb’s Player’s Theatre), A Missionary Position (REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre), Twelfth Night (Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival), The World Food Prize Ceremony 2010and 2011 (Iowa Public TV Broadcast), and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and Lost In Yonkers (Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre). She graduated from the University of Iowa with an MFA in Theatre Arts (Stage Management) where she wrote her thesis: History of the Stage Manager: Role of the Prompter in American Theatre, from 1750-1850.

 

REBECCA J. SIMONS
MFA ’11
Ms. Simons is currently serving as the Production Stage Manager for The Playhouse San Antonio where credits include The Last Five YearsFiddler on the RoofThe Who’s Tommy, and Funny Girl. After leaving the University of Iowa, she originally relocated to Texas in order to work with the Entertainment Department at SeaWorld San Antonio, ultimately serving in various roles including Stage Manager, Production Assistant, and Associate Producer. While at the University of Iowa, she served as the Production Stage Manager for the 2011 Iowa New Play Festival, and stage managed productions of The CongresswomenAkaruiThe Madwoman of ChaillotMisallianceAlice in Wonderland, and Antigone 2.0 along with several dance concerts. Professional stage management credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatRespect: A Musical Journey of Women, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Music Theatre of Green Bay and Dead Man's Cell Phone with Iowa Summer Repertory. She has also had the privilege of having worked as a stage manager for the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI and Summer Circle Theatre in East Lansing, MI. In addition to her work at The Playhouse, Rebecca is an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Vista College, and has a passion for teaching and mentoring stage managers.

 

SARAH SMILEY
MFA ’05

The training and mentorship I received while at UI was most thorough and diverse, and has armed me with the skills to tackle any production-related issue that may head my way.  More so, than ever before, I feel that I made the absolute best choice for graduate programs in my field, and that I couldn't have received better or more comprehensive training anywhere else.  I'm still working on that perfectionism issue, but I'm getting better!

Sarah is happy to return to PlayMakers for her seventh season. Favorite regional credits include When the Bulbul Stopped Singing for PRC2; Amadeus, Doubt, I Am My Own Wife and Frozen for PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Mainstage; The Dining Room, Lend Me a Tenor and Rough Crossing for Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre; and, The Music Man and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Summer Youth Conservatory, a partnership between The ArtsCenter and PlayMakers Repertory Company.

She has worked for several theatres in Atlanta, including Alliance Theatre and 7 Stages, for whom she toured the UK with a production of My Children, My Africa.

While at Iowa, Sarah enjoyed 3 seasons stage managing for Iowa Summer Rep but The Dining Room remains her favorite production. She also held the position of Electrics RA and a parallel passion for lighting design allowed her to design for three New Play Festival productions; Hummingbirds, The Secret of Blue, which earned her an IRAM award, and The Extinction of Felix Garden. She is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers, and the Stage Managers' Association.
 

REBECCA TRITTEN
MFA '07
Rebecca is the Administrator for the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Iowa. Previously, Rebecca served for over eight years as the Scheduling & Facilities Manager for the Department of Theatre Arts at The University of Iowa. Recent Stage Management credits at UI include Horseback Views and Bookwings; a multiyear collaborative event that produced live performances as well as initiating a virtual environment to bridge artists between Iowa City and Moscow. Over the course of four years, additional collaborators for Bookwings included theatre companies in South Africa, Shanghai, and Iraq. Beyond Iowa City, Rebecca has worked as the Management Assistant for New York Stage and Film and as the Artistic Administrator for Seattle Repertory Theatre. Rebecca is a native of Iowa and considers the Midwest her home.
 

BRETT M. VAN FLEET
MFA ’07

We played Madison Square Garden this weekend and I have learned so much about unions in such a short period of time. This weekend has really made me appreciate all of our union conversations in class, particularly the Equity class we took. Some of the things that arose were not as surprising to me as it was for some of my co-workers, and I attribute that to my time at Iowa.

Brett is currently on tour with Disney on Ice as the Company Manager for Princess Classics and is thrilled to be going into his third year with Feld Entertainment. Since he began working at Feld, Brett has had the privilege of working on Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Doodlebops LIVE!, High School Musical - The Ice Tour, Playhouse Disney LIVE!, and now Princess Classics. His tours have taken him across both North and South America and he looks forward to more international adventure on one of the many shows that Feld Entertainment produces.
 

RACHEL WINFIELD 
MFA '16

Rachel is originally from Davis, California.  Rachel received her BA in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University and spent the next two years working in the Bay Area. The past two summers she has worked as a Stage Manager for the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Before she came to Iowa to start her journey as a grad student she worked for the Livermore Shakespeare Festival and before that was the Company Stage Manager for Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre. Rachel worked with StageWrite in San Francisco, stage managing local actors and young playwrights and has worked for Theatreworks, Ballet San Jose, CalShakes, and Broadway by the Bay and spent her summers in Los Angeles, CA at the outdoor Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.

 

LEEANN YECKLEY 
MFA '13
University of Iowa projects included Neo-Futurism workshop with Greg Allen and the Iowa Partnership in the Arts with The Moving Company. She has also worked with Iowa Summer Rep, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the Cirque du Soleil show The Beatles’ LOVE. She is a proud alumna of Grove City College and a member of the Stage Manager’s Association.

 

The MFA stage management students also maintain their own website and blog for prospective students.
 

More Information

Abbie Katz
Head of Stage Management
Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1705

319.335.33906

abbie-katz@uiowa.edu