In June, Tinc and Propared co-hosted a week-long production management intensive; a course designed for managers transitioning from the academic setting into the professional world. We received a pile of resume submissions for the intensive, and were thrilled to have such a talented group of young managers attend. This also coincided with Tinc’s Annual Summer Production Management Internship. Jess Bergson (Stage Management student at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama) was a participant in the Intensive prior to beginning her internship with Tinc on the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The goal of the intensive was to offer a deep dive into the professional world of live event management, while also focusing on the realities of managing a freelance career within the broader landscape. The Intensive took place at the Tinc Office in Dumbo Brooklyn, as well as various on-site locations.

The first topic tackled was, “What is management”. It is a simple yet critical question. We also explored the definition(s) of management and the management roles and how to run a freelance career like a business. Next, we tackled the topic of managing people; diving into the personal, social and business challenges of managing complex teams in high stress situations. Some of the week’s activities focused on creating individual models for handling conflict resolution and interpersonal communication, and exercises in expectation setting and presentation skills.

Attendees were provided an exciting look into the various types of live events, and the challenges that can arise from working in non-traditional spaces. They were tasked to create their own site survey forms and then were able to experience a load-in for a large event at Cipriani 55 Wall Street thanks to the folks over at Star Group Productions.

They also visited Radio City Music Hall during their load-in and tech for the 2015 Tony Awards. The highlight was being able to speak with Howard Kolins, Production Supervisor for the Tony Awards, about his experiences freelancing as well as the different types of management challenges, skills and projects he’s tackled throughout his career.

The class also met with Lighting Designer, Al Crawford, owner of Arc3Design and the Lighting Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater about the critical relationship between design and production management. Tristan Valencia, Executive Producer at SenovvA, Inc. and his colleague also stopped by to discuss management of large scale video and projection installations. Our last guest was Stage Manager and teaching artist Nicole Press who spoke with the students about freelancing as a stage manager in New York City.

The six participants in the course had varied backgrounds in theater and event management and all had a wide variety of career goals in the industry. Since then, we’ve seen them working with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, VCI Worldwide, WorldStage, and on Tinc Production Management teams.

A special thank you to all of our production partners for their assistance in making the 2015 Production Management Intensive a great success.

Tinc and Propared are looking forward to next year’s Production Management Intensive. Any inquiries for attendance should look for upcoming announcements here.