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Matt DiCarlo

Matt DiCarlo is a stage manager and director based in NYC. Before COVID struck, he was busy being the Production Stage Manager for Sing Street, which is now on hiatus before its Broadway premiere. He also helmed the Broadway productions of Beetlejuice, The Play That Goes Wrong, the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Rock of Ages in addition to the the world premieres of A Walk on the Moon (A.C.T.), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), and Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story (Off-Broadway).

Other credits include Broadway Bares 2017, Broadway Backwards 6, 7 & 8, and over 12 productions at Paper Mill Playhouse, including The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Full Monty. Matt directed the North American tour and Off-Broadway productions of The Play That Goes Wrong and was John Doyle’s Associate Director for the National Tour of The Color Purple. He has served as the Production Supervisor for events with Target, David Stark Design, the Webby Awards, and for the AMC Upfronts.  

Matt is on the faculty at Columbia University and SUNY Purchase, and holds a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  He lives in New York with his boyfriend, Joey, and his morkie, Max! @mattyd0804

Jo Farrow

Jo Farrow (nee McInerney) has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association since 2001. She began her career as a resident stage manager at an Equity theater in North Carolina and made the transition to New York in 2008 after completing her MFA in Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama. She has worked both on Broadway and Off on a variety of theatrical and dance productions. In 2009, she discovered the event world and toggled back and forth between theatre and events for several years. She also taught 4 semesters of Stage Management at BMCC. These days, when we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic, she is primarily a freelance event show caller in NYC. Jo resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband, 7-year-old daughter, and two cats.

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Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson is a proud New Orleans, LA native now living in Los Angeles, CA. Ross works as a stage manager with several theaters in Southern California including multiple credits with the Geffen Playhouse, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, and others. Ross holds his Master of Fine Arts degree in Stage Management from UC, Irvine and is a member of the Actors’ Equity and AGMA unions. He has a passion for increasing representation in the stage management field. He serves as 2nd Vice Chair and as a Western Regional Director for the Stage Managers’ Association and also takes part in several equity and advocacy initiatives. Ross is happily engaged and owes much of his trajectory to the encouragement and motivation from his fiancé, Megan and confusingly frustrating dog, Nutmeg.

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Cynthia Hennon Marino

Cynthia Hennon Marino has spent the majority of the last 10 years working in Opera with a focus on new and modern works. She has had the joy of working all across the United States, from Portland Opera (co-production of Faust with Chicago Lyric Theatre) to San Diego Opera (Aida), Opera Omaha (Elixir of Love and premiere of The Wreck) to Boston Lyric Opera (The Handmaid’s Tale and world premiere of The Nefarious, Immoral, But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare).

She spent 6 seasons at Long Beach Opera where she called some of her favorite productions (Nixon in China and Hydrogen Jukebox); two seasons as the Director of Production and Stage Manager at Tri-Cities Opera; three seasons at Bel Canto at Caramoor and now in her third season as Director of Production for Teatro Nuovo; three seasons at Opera Philadelphia as a Production Supervisor with their O Festival (including a show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the world premiere of Denis & Katya); as well as the Director of Production for Death of Classical in NYC where she gets to perform in Catacombs and Crypts.

When not working in opera, Cindy enjoys volunteering, knitting, traveling with her husband and being a co-creator and co-host with her twin sister, Stacy, on their podcast about technical theatre called Twins Talk Theatre.

Cindy is a proud member of AEA and AGMA, sits on the Executive Board of the Stage Managers’ Association. Click here to visit Cindy’s website.

Cody Renard Richard

Cody Renard Richard most recently finished working on the extended Broadway run of Freestyle Love Supreme, serving as the Production Stage Manager. Other Broadway credits include Hamilton, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical, After Midnight, Ghost the Musical, Cyrano de Bergerac, Lysistrata Jones, Dear Evan Hansen, If/Then, The Lion King.

TV: 2019 Tony Awards, 2019 MTV VMAs, Jesus Christ Superstar Live! (DGA Nom), Hairspray Live! (DGA Nom), The Wiz Live! (DGA Nom). Cirque du Soleil: OVO (North American Tour), Wintuk (Madison Square Garden).

Off Broadway/NY: Porgy and Bess (Metropolitan Opera – Assistant Stage Director), Freestyle Love Supreme, Candide at Carnegie Hall, 5 productions with NY City Center Encores!, The Public Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, 2nd Stage, Transport Group, Pearl Theatre Company.

Selected Regional: Lempicka at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Muny, TUTS, Stages STL, Kansas City Rep, Alley Theatre, Repertory Theatre of STL.

Cody also currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Stage Management for Fordham University and has been a guest lecturer at Yale School of Drama, NYU, Ithaca College, Hofstra University and SUNY Purchase. Proud AEA and DGA member. He earned a BFA in Stage Management from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO under the guidance of Peter Sargent. Social Media: @codyrenard

Noah Silva

Noah Silva is based in NYC and was working on the Broadway bound production of Sing Street when Covid-19 put a halt to everything. He previously was the replacement ASM for What the Constitution Means to Me on Broadway and the Kennedy Center. Other favorite credits include Fairview, If Pretty Hurts…, The Treasurer, Othello, and numerous other shows at Playwrights Horizons. He is a big fan of the New York Jets, the New York Yankees, and cold IPAs. Currently, he is devouring the Witcher books and enjoys long walks with his dog Sully.