Are you tired of working long hours for low pay as a theatrical Stage Manager? With a career as a Corporate Event Stage Manager, you will make more money, have more personal time, and have more control over your career.
Your time is valuable and your value is reflected in your rate. Average corporate SM rates are much higher than theatre contract minimums. Add overtime, paid travel, per diem & you'll make more in a week than some theatre contracts do in a month!
When you actually get paid for all your hours, you won't have to work 6 days a week, every week, including all weekend. Put in a few of long days on an event, get the OT, and have a relaxing weekend for yourself and/or your family.
Plan your life based on your decisions, not anyone elses. You can decide when you work and when you don't! Want to take some down time, block it off on your calendar! Never miss a special family or personal event again.
Cheryl, Matt, & Robert have a collective 80+ years experience stage managing corporate events and have the practical experience, knowledge, and expertise to guide you on this amazing journey. They've all succeeded in transitioning from theatre practitioneers to sought after, top level event stage managers, producers, and directors.
They have led thousands of successful shows for numerous clients including: Samsung, Intel, AOL, Intuit, Facebook, Google, IBM, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Lexus, GSK, Abbvie, Pfizer, Novartis, Lincoln Financial, Master Card, Bank of China, The New York Times, CVS, Marriott, The United Nations, and many, many more.
Some of the many superstars we've managed include: Emmitt Smith, Billie Jean King, Dan Rather, Mandy Patinkin, Patti LuPone, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Platt, Peyton Manning, Julian Edleman, Michael Strahan, Magic Johnson, Paul Rudd, Will Smith, James Corden, Jerry Seinfeld, Sigourney Weaver, Halle Berry, Martin Sheen, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Billy Crystal, George Bush, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Bono, Sting, Pitbull, and more!SEE FULL BIOS HERE
They've been mentoring Event Stage Managers for decades and called thousands of successful shows.
"Dear Robert, thank you for all of your help with the 2014 PhRMA Research and Hope Awards. I hope the crowd enjoyed the evening as much as I did. Thanks for your hard work and all you did to make it such a success."
"Having Matt as my teacher & mentor throughout the years has been a true gift. Everytime I walked out of his classroom I would be smiling, full of inspiration, motivation & curiosity! I always felt safe & comfortable to ask dozens of questions when I didn't understand something. His class always left me feeling excited to start working in the field & confident to know I would do great, thanks to his teachings."
"Cheryl Poulsen is simply one of the best in the biz. Not only is she an incredible show caller, but she takes the time to teach and mentor rising stage managers on any given project, and invests in your career and personal life in a way that not only makes you a better stage manager, but a better all-around person. Whether she's calling the show or producing it, her unique and commanding approach to show management always leaves colleagues and clients asking for more opportunities to work with her. If you ever get a chance to work or learn from Cheryl, jump at the opportunity and know you are in the best possible hands."
"I am so grateful to have met Matt when I did. He encouraged me to follow my journey and to trust my instincts, and greatly contributed to me being where I am today. Every class with Matt was something I always looked forward to, and the knowledge I gained there helps me operate in the industry daily!"
"Robert Kalfin’s professional stage management class was engaging, impactful, humorous and inspiring. With a combination of practical exercises and examples he was able to captivate students. The anecdotes he was able to share from his Broadway, West End and corporate theatre career resonate throughout the class. Robert and his professional colleagues bring the business of professional stage management to life, I highly recommend them."
Hear from your faculty about why they made the switch from theatre to corporate events.
After I went full time on events, I found myself on the front lawn with my 10 year old son, tossing the football one Saturday afternoon when I realized, “Hey, I’m not at a matinee, and this is awesome!” I wasn't stressed about paying the bills, and enjoying a weekend with my kids. An event gig may take me out of town, but I had a lot more quality and quantity time with my sons.
In addition, I can now choose not to take work on religious holidays. I didn’t have to feel like I was begging to take time off anymore. I just wouldn't accept a gig that week. No more stress about planning my work around my life and not the other way around.
Cheryl began her career in the theatrical arena at 3 yrs old with a pair of tap shoes and a teddy bear. That love of communicating a message from the stage to an audience has grown over the years and developed into a rewarding career in corporate communications.
After 10 yrs and many resident positions stage managing regional theatre in the DC area and abroad, Cheryl took the leap into corporate theatre nearly 20 years ago.
Robert worked as a theatrical Stage Manager for Broadway shows for over a decade, but when the grueling schedule started to interfere with his personal life, he began his career in Corporate Events.
He had done a few corporate shows and realized that it had the potential for a much better and certainly more lucrative life.
No press to dictate closings with bad reviews, no underfunded shows, no extending previews for weeks where you tech all day and perform at night in a desperate attempt to fix the show before critic nights. Just a three to seven day trip to a nice resort with the only responsibility to call a great show!
He had the confidence that he could make the transition to Corporate Events, and once he did he never looked back.
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