Strong organizations are led by strong Boards.

Our Board is led by dynamic leaders of the live entertainment community, elected by the professional membership. Elections are held annually beginning the third Monday in April and the new board begins its term on July 1.  All Professional members of the association are eligible to vote and to hold office.

Board members serve as volunteers on rotating two- or three-year terms. The Stage Managers’ Association Board currently meets online 10 times a year; at the Annual Meeting of the membership each June in Manhattan; and as issues dictate.  The work of the Association is undertaken by our active committees dedicated to achieving our fundamental missions: to recognize, educate, gather together and advocate for members working in the entertainment profession.

Officers

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Elynmarie Kazle is in her third term as chair of the SMA, she’s worked mainly in regional theater but also in New York for companies such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music. A stage and production manager, Her most recent assignments include the Cleveland Play House, Akron Civic Theatre and special events company CS Global. She is also a fellow of USITT.

Elynmarie Kazle

Chair (2018)
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Katrina Herrmann has been stage managing since 2003, mostly in New York and Chicago and mostly on new plays.  She has been lucky to work consistently since joining Actors’ Equity Association in 2007.  When she’s not contributing to the American Theater, she runs marathons, reads books, writes postcards, plays the ukulele (badly) and travels to other countries.  Do not ask her about the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” unless you have time to listen to an hour-long lecture.  She just started producing a podcast, and during the holidays she works for Santa Claus.

Katrina Herrmann

Recording Secretary (2019)
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Mandy Berry is a freelance stage manager for large scale corporate events and fashion shows. She was fortunate enough to spend 4 years gallivanting the globe as the calling stage manager for Cirque Du Soleil’s production of Saltimbanco and as a back stage manager on Cirque’s Quidam. Mandy is an AEA stage manager with a degree in Theatre from East Carolina University.

Mandy L. Berry

1st Vice Chair (2019)
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ADRIENNE WELLS (Corresponding Secretary) has worked in live theater, educational tours, opera, jazz, fashion, television, live events, festivals and higher education. On occasion she can be found calling a lighting focus, engineering musical groups, knocking together scenery, or quilting and reading a good book. Ms. Wells is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Adrienne Wells

Corresponding Secretary (2018)
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Hope is an Equity Stage Manager based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She has worked in various regional theatres throughout the Northeast in addition to touring with Montana Repertory’s productions. Training: Ithaca College and University of Toronto.

Hope Rose Kelly

2nd Vice Chair (2018)
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Bill Hare has managed plays and musicals On and Off Broadway and regionally; as well as industrials, opera, dance, trade shows, press conferences, and a symphony orchestra.

Bill Hare

Treasurer (2019)

Members at Large

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Attended Hofstra and graduated from Temple University with a degree in theatre. She moved to NYC in the spring of 1979, as a PA at Manhattan Theatre Club. Within three years she had her first Broadway show, the original 42nd Street. In 1981 she married fellow SM Barry Kearsley, and they worked happily together on 42nd Street and M Butterfly. She and Barry were founding members of the SMA. She has served as ASM for a dozen hit plays, musicals and industrials. Widowed in 1989, she continued doing Broadway, industrials and the Radio City Christmas Show for five seasons. Currently retired from full-time stage-managing, she still does corporate meetings and is proud to serve on the Board of the SMA, where she co-chairs the Recognition Committee.

Janet Friedman

Member-at-large (2018)
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Broadway: Finding Neverland, On The Town, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Hand On A Hardbody, Wicked, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler On The Roof, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, The Phantom Of The Opera, Enchanted April, The Full Monty, Grease, Play On!  National tours: Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Les Miserables, Grease.  Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Globe Theatres.  Dance companies: Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Iowa, Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  Corporate events for numerous clients from Singapore to Sao Paulo including: American Express, Samsung, Google, Volkswagen, AOL, amFar, ESPN and many others.  Matthew teaches stage management at SUNY Purchase and founded the Broadway Stage Management Symposium.

Matthew Aaron Stern

Member-at-large (2020)
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MELISSA A. NATHAN is a freelance Equity Stage Manager based out of New York. She has worked at many regional theatres including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Theater at Monmouth, and The Riverside Theatre. She has a BA in Design/Technical Theatre from Florida Atlantic University and has taught Stage Management at the University of Memphis.

Melissa A. Nathan

Member-at-large (2019)
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Jan Wolf

Member-at-large (2019)
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Robert Neapolitan

Member-at-large (2020)
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Erin Joy Swank freelances nationally in multiple genres, stage managing traditional theatre, musicals, opera, dance, concerts, and events, as well as guest lecturing. Her favorite cast members ever were the camels of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (tour, featuring the Rockettes). She loves hosting SMA regional gatherings both in her home base of Denver and around the country as she travels. Erin re-joins the board to fill out the late Dan Zittel’s term, whom she first worked with as a fellow Co-Secretary and later Vice Chair. Member: AEA, USITT, and a licensed river guide

Erin Joy Swank

Member-at-large (2018) *

Regional Representatives

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Joel Veenstra is a professional stage manager, production manager, and improviser. As an AEA stage manager, he has coordinated collaborations with renowned regional theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, and Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. He also stage manages large scale galas including the Legacy Awards honoring Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko, the California Science Center’s Discovery Ball featuring the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and the Detroit Party featuring Keegan Michael-Key. Joel teaches stage management, collaborative production, and improvisation at the University of California, Irvine.

Joel Veenstra

Western Region Rep (2020)
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JOSEPH DRUMMOND is a retired Production Stage Manager after 42 seasons with Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where his credits included over 130 productions, The Iceman Cometh (also at BAM), Death of a Salesman (also on Broadway in 1999 and at the Ahmanson Theatre, and Glengarry Glen Ross (also on Broadway in 1984). Taught Stage Management at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Joseph Drummond

Central Region Rep (2020)
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Anthony O. Bullock is originally from Oklahoma where he went to Oklahoma City University and holds a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production with an emphasis in Stage Management. After leaving Oklahoma he has worked regionally over the east coast most notably at McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Passage Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Studio Theatre, and in NYC at Classic Stage Company. He was honored to also be apart of The WuZhen Theatre Festival in China with Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, traveling with The Goodman Theatre. You can find an article he wrote about his experiences in China on the SMA website. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his lovable dog Cooper. He is looking forward to representing the SMA in the eastern region.

Anthony O. Bullock

Eastern Region Rep (2020)

Past Chairs

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Jon Goldman

1st Past Chair
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Born and grew up in the Bronx, raised by parents were also native New Yorkers. Graduated from St. Ann’s, Regis High School in Manhattan, and Fordham University at Rose Hill (The Bronx) with a BA in Mathematics.

Taught math for a traveling high school, then worked as a computer programmer for IBM in Westchester, where he became involved with theater for the first time.  “Retired very early” from IBM and spent 2 years training as an actor at the Neighborhood Playhouse School.  Satisfaction and happiness eluded him until a director friend, Kent Paul, encouraged him to try stage managing.  He bought Bert Gruver’s book, The Stage Manager’s Handbook, and he learned as he went.

Many triumphs and mistakes later, Rich counts himself very lucky to have a career that has taken him to lots of wonderful places, geographically and artistically, including Cleveland, Ohio, – 11 seasons at Great Lakes Theater Festival.  There he met three people who have had a great and lasting influence on his personal and professional lives – Gerald Freedman, the Artistic Director; Hal Holbrook, with whose Mark Twain Tonight! he’s been touring for over 16 years; and Randy Wilcox, who’s been his partner in life since early 1992 and husband since Nov. 3, 2013.  They live on the Jersey shore and love their travels, the most fabulous of which were their 18-day honeymoon to Hawai’i – 4 islands in a tent – and a month in New Zealand.  Paradise!!

Rich’s resume includes 7 Broadway shows, plus countless showcases, off-Broadway, regional, touring, event and “other” productions over the past 35 years.

Rich is very proud of, and grateful for, his association with the SMA, for through it he has made many, many friends across the country.

Richard Costabile

2nd Past Chair
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Marguerite Price has been a member since 2000 and a full-time stage manager since 1988. Margie is the Production Stage Manager at Delaware Theatre Company and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She lives near Philadelphia, PA with two cats. In her free-time she makes handmade envelopes often with theatrical themes.

Marguerite Price

3rd Past Chair

Non-board Regional leadership positions

Anne Hitt


Vice Regional Director West Coast: Seattle

* Interim appointment