FEED presents The Life of a Stage Manager

This FEED post-show chat for Anne Washburn’s 10 out of 12 centered on the job of a Stage Manager. Central to any production – and dramatized in Anne’s play – we were joined by three fantastic Production Stage Managers: Amanda Spooner (10 out of 12‘s PSM), Matthew Melchiorre (Light in the PiazzaCoram Boy) and Chuck Turner (the recent Broadway revival of  Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles).  The talk ranged from why they do what they do, when they decide it was the work they wanted to do, and what keeps them excited about Stage Management.

The thirty-minute chat was beautifully and ably moderated by Anne Washburn herself.


MATTHEW MELCHIORRE (Production Stage Manager) Most recently has been a Visiting Adjunct Faculty Member in Stage Management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. BROADWAY: The Light in the Piazza, Coram Boy, & Substitute Stage Manager for Hamlet (with Jude Law); Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Lion King (Broadway & National Tour); Curtains (with David Hyde Pierce); Wicked and A Tale of Two Cities. OFF BROADWAY: A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Happy Now?; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment; Buffalo Gal. Robby Benson’s Open Heart REGIONAL: Recent Resident Production Stage Manager at Westport Country Playhouse for over 25 Productions and other Regional: A Song At Twilight (Hartford Stage); January Joiner (Long Wharf), Into the Woods (Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE); Honk! (Two River Theater Company); The Miracle Worker (Paper Milll Playhouse) CONCERTS & WORKSHOPS: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (North Carolina Symphony); Show Boat (Carnegie Hall), Sundance Theatre Lab 2013 & 2014 (Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA) A graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an AEA Member since 2003. UPCOMING: World Premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Love and Money (Westport Country Playhouse & Signature Theatre NYC)

AMANDA SPOONER (Production Stage Manager) is actually living the dream. She loves being a Stage Manager more than anything in the world and she gets to do it at Soho Rep. – the theatre where her heart belongs and where she’s had the honor of stage-managing Marie Antoinette and An Octoroon. And now she’s doing a play about tech rehearsals at this marvelous theatre. A PLAY ABOUT TECH REHEARSALS. Amanda is going to let that sink in while she thanks her wonderful husband, her perfect family, her incredible life partner “Chalup”, and the whole theatrical community that has, for whatever reason, accepted her as a member of the tribe. Thank you, Sarah. Thank you, Cynthia. This might be heaven.

CHUCK TURNER (Production Stage Manager) BROADWAY: The Heidi Chronicles (Music Box), The Performers (Longacre), Golda’s Balcony (Helen Hayes), Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square). OFF BROADWAY: Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic, Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angles, Actors Playhouse, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, Culture Project, MET, Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club and New York Theatre Workshop. REGIONAL: Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, NYSAF, Wadsworth Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, City Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additional: 52nd Street Project, Clubbed Thumb, Summer Play Festival, PS 122, Ravinia Festival, New York Philharmonic, The Juilliard School.

ANNE WASHBURN (Moderator) Her plays include 10 out of 12, Mr. Burns…, The Internationalist, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved, Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and a transadaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been premiered by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Two River Theater Company, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Whiting, a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, and Susan Smith Blackburn finalist.

2 thoughts on “FEED presents The Life of a Stage Manager

  1. JB |

    I saw 10 Out of 12 the other day and I’m a former stage manager. I wanted to find the SM (Amanda) and ask her how crazy it was to call cues that had to happen at the same time as the actress SM was calling them on headsets. Was she wearing two sets of headsets? I asked an usher and they confirmed the REAL tech was a bit crazy – a tech within a tech!. As “Paul” from the show would say – Brava!

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