Nov. 20, 2013/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, firstname.lastname@example.org
TONY AWARD-WINNER PETER LAWRENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUM AT UNCSA
WINSTON-SALEM – Tony Award-winner Peter Lawrence is one of three professional stage managers who will visit the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) next week to lend their expertise to students in the School of Design and Production’s stage management program.
Lawrence, winner of a 2013 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, will join Mary MacLeod, production stage manager for the national tours of Flashdance, Guys and Dolls and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, and Danielle Ventimiglia, production stage manager for American Ballet Theatre. They will be on campus Monday, Nov. 25, for a two-part stage management symposium that includes a panel discussion and one-on-one “speed interviews” with the 23 students in the stage management program.
The panel discussion is scheduled for 10:15 am to noon in the RJR Screening Room of the Pearce Building on UNCSA’s campus, 1533 South Main St. It is open to the public.
“The panel discussion is an opportunity for students to learn, listen and discuss with these guest artists how their experiences and accomplishments have shaped their lives and careers,” said Frank Lombardi, director of the stage management program. “Topics include tips for getting started in the business, landing a Broadway job, suggestions to help prepare the young stage manager for working in the dance world, and what a stage manager needs to know before going on tour,” he added.
Following the panel discussion, students will rotate among the three guest artists for five-minute, one-on-one interviews and feedback. “The idea is to help the stage manager develop good interview techniques and learn to be comfortable and honest,” Lombardi said.
Joseph P. Tilford, Dean of Design and Production, said guest artists agree to come to the school because of its reputation in the industry. “These three are among the elite stage managers working today,” he said. “They want to visit UNCSA and meet our students because they know the caliber of our training, and they appreciate the expertise of our faculty and alumni.”
UNCSA stage management alumni have worked extensively on Broadway, national tours, and for prestigious companies in opera, dance, and other entertainment genres. Examples include Barclay Stiff, production stage manager for Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Assembled Parties and The Other Place on Broadway in 2013; Terry Ganley, Metropolitan Opera; Lisa A. Leonhardt, Vail International Dance Festival; Kelsey Tippins, Beauty and the Beast on tour; Andrew Terlizzi, Ghost on tour; Christopher Rivera, Disneyland; Shawn Gresser, Blue Man Group in Las Vegas; and Robby Mantegna, Sea World Parks and Entertainment.
About Peter Lawrence
Lawrence has served as production stage manager for more than 20 Broadway shows. He was the associate director for the Broadway revivals of The Man of La Mancha, Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun, and for the original productions of Spamalot and Shrek, The Musical. He was the executive producer for Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, and has taught in the drama departments of The University of Hawaii and Columbia University. Most recently, Lawrence completed the world premiere musical of The Last Goodbye at the Old Globe Theatre. He is currently the production stage manager for the Broadway revival of Annie.
About Mary MacLeod
MacLeod has toured the country as the stage manager for the national tours of Flashdance, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Her stage management career on Broadway includes Sister Act, A Little Night Music (including Dance Captain), Blithe Spirit, Deuce, Chicago, Seussical, Company, Smokey Joe’s Café (including Dance Captain) and Guys and Dolls. She is currently the assistant stage manager for Motown The Musical on Broadway. In addition to stage managing, she is an experienced performer whose credits include Fosse on Broadway and On the Town, Can Can, Fiorello, and Damn Yankees (as choreographer) off-Broadway.
About Danielle Ventimiglia
Ventimiglia is currently the production stage manager for American Ballet Theatre, where she has been a stage manager since 1997. Her ABT tenure includes countless world premieres and galas in historic opera houses and international venues, including the Herod Atticus at the Acropolis in Athens, the new Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, and the National Grand Theatre in Beijing. In addition to ABT, she has been production stage manager or production coordinator for several emerging choreographers, most recently Benjamin Millepied and Christopher Wheeldon, on international tours that included six world premieres and the opening night gala of the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. In addition to stage managing, she has been instrumental in assisting American Guild of Musical Artists negotiations for the past several ABT contracts, and has lectured at Hunter College and mentored and advised young stage managers for many years.
The stage management symposium is funded in part by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.