Election 2017 – read candidate statements here!

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Mandy Berry – 1st Vice President
Thank you very much for considering me as a chair for the SMA. I am looking forward to continuing the work I have done with this amazing board over the past 3 years. We have established our online document library and are running our education department with our three key programs: Ask a Stage Manager, Collaborative Connections & Operation Observation. The SMA is an asset to stage managers, a wonderful connection to all facets of our industry and we must tap these resources and share with one another to get the most out of our careers. For this coming year I would like to continue with the following goals – creating an audio and video library with interviews of stage managers and useful resources online.

Katrina Herrmann – Recording Secretary
I’m running for the position of Recording Secretary on the Executive Board. Previously I served on the Executive Board as Co-Secretary from 2010-2013. I’ve been a professional stage manager for 14 years and an Equity member for 10 years. Most of my career has been spent in New York and Chicago working on new plays and musicals. The SMA is a valuable resource for the nation’s stage managers, providing practical and tactical support. As I enter the middle of my career, I’m thinking about lifestyle balance, fair wages, and encouraging diversity. The country as whole is at a turning point, and there is work to be done to create an environment in which the arts can flourish. As a Board member, I would focus on building resources that help stage managers not just survive, but thrive.

Bill Hare – Treasurer
This has been a very exciting year with increased membership and growth both financially and geographically. It has been both a pleasure and an honor to serve with this highly committed, activist board. Next year promises to be ever more expansive as we explore additional avenues of growth and further opportunities for service to our fellows. Our ambitions are great while our resources are modest, but I’m convinced that with careful and responsible marshaling, we can take great strides toward realizing our ambitions.

Matthew Aaron Stern – Director-at-Large
I received my AEA card at the La Jolla Playhouse, spent a year as the stage manager for Ballet Iowa and then moved to New York City where I worked on Broadway, National Tours and at Radio City Music Hall. I’ve also stage managed for numerous corporate events and teach stage management at SUNY Purchase. I love stage management and I love stage managers.
I’ve been fortunate in my career and honored to work alongside many great stage managers, from which I have always continued to learn and grow. Membership in the SMA is an important part of my professional life and I am thankful for it. By connecting stage managers to each other, the SMA is vital to our profession and serves a purpose unlike any other organization, as it dedicated to the welfare of stage managers.
We are unique in our profession, balancing everyone else’s needs and being servant leaders. As an organization, the SMA can support us and our needs, providing social outlets, business opportunities and more. I would be honored to serve and help the SMA continue in its mission to support and advocate for stage managers.

Robert Neapolitan – Director at Large
Robert Neapolitan moved to New York in October of 2015. Since then he has immersed himself into the world of Theater. He has been a proud member of SMA for two years. He looks forward to joining the Board of SMA and to help connect, educate and support Stage Managers across the globe.

Anthony O. Bullock – Eastern Region Rep
My name is Anthony O. Bullock and I am proud to be running for the position of Eastern Regional Representative. I have been working along the east coast as an AEA stage manager since 2010. My goal for this position in the SMA is to grow our membership, not just in numbers in areas with little to no members but in active participating members. I hope to continue along with expanding on the benefits and value the SMA provides.

Joel Veenstra – Western Region Rep
I am a professional stage manager, production manager, and improviser based in Southern California. It has been a joy to work with a number of renowned regional theaters and large-scale celebrity galas and to teach stage management, collaborative production, and improvisation at the University of California, Irvine. Currently I have the pleasure of serving as the Recording Secretary of the Stage Managers Association and I look forward to transitioning into the role of Western Regional Representative, pending your vote. Already we have started the process of raising awareness of the benefits of the SMA in the West with two regional events (in Las Vegas on October 27 and in Los Angeles on April 24) and I look to continue to build on these incredible events throughout my term. My network and networking ability will help to support, inspire, and encourage my fellow stage managers in the Western Region. Thank you for your consideration of me for this position.