November 20 2015
Elmira College Theatre students studying arts management recently travelled to New York City for a first-hand look at the world of working theatre professionals.
The students met with Alex Roe, Artistic Director and Producer, after viewing a performance of Alison’s House at the off-off-Broadway Metropolitan Playhouse. Roe discussed with the students producing in the not-for-profit, non-commercial theatre setting along with the reality of making a living in theatre.
Students then met with Brian Beirne, Managing Director of 59E59 Theatres, for an in-depth look at the operation and management of professional presenter spaces. 59E59 is a unique combination of spaces – a 199 seat off-Broadway space, a small 99 seat theatre, and an intimate 51 seat venue. The spaces, and the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation associated with it, are unique in that they provide not only “four walls” (the traditional arrangement in New York City whereby companies rent literally the shell of a building), but also business necessities such as ticketing and marketing for all productions.
Tom Miller of Actors’ Equity Association talked career management with the EC students before their visit concluded with a session featuring recent alumna Kim Garner ’13, who shared her experiences beginning a theatrical career in New York.