Faculty: Jennifer Slattery
Stage Managers for the year 2016 - 2017
Estey’s background in business (having received her BBA in Accountancy from Western Michigan University back in 2007) has lent itself greatly to her artistic and theatrical endeavors. She has found great joy in helping create art, maintain art and can whirl out paper work with the best of them. She has found her niche in the theatrical arts, live events and film work. Calarts has granted her the opportunities to explore far more than she ever thought possible and has experienced the highs and lows that come with working within the entertainment industry. Her recent adventures include prepping a show through the Valley Performing Arts Center for tour, taking the graduating actors showcase to New York and is gearing up for all the adventures yet to come.
Ashton's strong management background includes event, themed entertainment, and theatrical production, pre-show, and on-site management, directing up to 45 personnel, for productions budgeted to $75,000, with 3,000+ attendees. Effective in managing schedules, budgets, and negotiating. Proven ability to balance priorities, meet tight deadlines, and produce superior quality work. Known for thriving in dynamic, high-pressure environments. Ashton is currently seeking to expand her professional network.
TORAN X. MOORE
Operating at the nexus of social impact, cultural organizing and producing , Toran Moore is a ‘managing artist’ from Montgomery, AL. Toran has received his education from Alabama State University ( bachelors ), StageCraft Institute of Las Vegas ( Live Events & Theatrical Training) , and finishing his MFA at California Institute of the Arts this May. Toran’s passions are creating equitable spaces for artist of color and the development of sustainable arts careers. Currently, Toran works as the program associate at TaskForce, a cultural agency led by Yosi Sergant. Prior to working there, Toran served as the media and logistics fellow for Arts In A Changing America, which under the leadership of Roberta Uno fueled his current track of diversity advocacy and arts leadership. Toran also serves as the Communications Fellow for the Calarts Center for New Performance. The wealth of his experience also includes work with the Sundance Institute, Soze Productions, and many more.
Kevin Britton is a Production and Stage Manager for Theater, Live Events, and Themed Entertainment. While in Las Vegas, NV he worked professionally on the Strip with productions of Evil Dead: The Musical (ASM) and Eli Roth’s Gorertorium (PSM), while also functioning as the Resident Stage Manager for Signature Productions and PS Productions. Once in Los Angeles, CA he began work towards his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Stage Management at California Institute of the Arts, currently slated to graduate in the Fall of 2017. Having worked on immersive productions in nightclubs in West Hollywood, as well as large scale events at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, he continues to challenge himself with all types of storytelling that allow audiences to escape the outside world while paying fine attention to detail, aesthetic, and overall production quality.
Alina Goodman found her passion within the world of theatre and continues to grow and thrive within it. While attending Cabrillo College, she focused on the technical and managerial side of production, which led to her graduating with two Associates of the Arts Degrees (Theatre Arts and Liberal Arts). She is thrilled to be graduating with a BFA in Stage Management from California Institute of the Arts in May, after having worked on productions of; The Glass Mountain (SM), Jackie (PSM), and Fore! (PSM). Alina can be found prepping for her upcoming professional work with Cabrillo Stage of Santa Cruz. Having worked for their 2016 productions of Chicago (PSM) and Fiddler on the Roof (PSM), she is excited to return in 2017 as their Company Production Stage Manager for the upcoming productions of The Addams Family and Beauty and the Beast.
Rocky Hood is a BFA 4 stage manager from Southern California. He started his studies in technical theatre in New York before transferring to CalArts. Rocky enjoys watching a production evolve and morph from infancy to a finished product. He also enjoys working on other aspects of theatre as well as stage management. He has worked as an electrician and a carpenter in the past, and hopes to be able to continue to do so.
His recent work includes: LOVE GASOLINE! (PSM), Jackie (SM), & Midsummer Night's Dream (SM)
Maddie has a passion for challenging productions and long days. She has worked as both a stage and production manager on theatrical productions, large events, site-specific work, and festivals. Originally from the Napa Valley, she fell in love with theatre after being cast as a Shapoopi Dancer in the Music Man and transitioned into stage management because someone told her she shouldn’t. Since then she has discovered her passion for events and productions that involve complicated technical elements, challenging content, and collaboration with teams invested in executing the best shows possible. Recently she managed CabFest Napa Valley, a 3 day wine and music festival featuring over 100 wineries, production managed CalArt’s 2016 graduation with over 400 graduates and 4,000 audience members, and stage managed 3 new works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her greatest accomplishment was getting 20 drag queens to agree on one song for a performance.
Salina Mahoney is an enthusiastic writer and creative manager interested in getting people excited about your idea by telling your company or brand story in compelling and artistic ways. From writing compelling content for brands like JORD Wood Watches to interning with Fashion Week Los Angeles (FWLA), this creative manager seeks to bring a sense of direction and organization to the quickly evolving landscape of digital content and marketing. Salina has managed a variety of projects and deescalates the stress of keeping you and your team calm, cool and collected by taking time for yoga and nursing her true blue coffee addiction. Salina is the founding editor of the lifestyle blog My Honey & Co. and is currently artistic directing a high fashion shoot with the hip hop collective, Good Peoplez.
Sarah Perkins is a graduating BFA Stage Manager. While at CalArts she has explored working in theatre, film, and events. She is very passionate about film, sports, and animals; and would love any and all opportunities to work within those fields. She is very interested in exploring jobs that she can use the skills she learned as a manager across different types of jobs.
VENICE YUE YANG
Venice Yue Yang is a stage manager/event coordinator from China. She is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at Calarts. Venice enjoys getting involved with theatrical productions in different ways and appreciates every learning & developing process. She values her opportunity of making her passion a career and always will be. She also has experiences as a part-time drama teacher. Venice believes that theater and arts are concepts that can make this world a better place. She will always try her best to be a part of the change.
Her recent work includes: Calarts First Annual Harry Potter Day (Coordinator), 2017 Calarts International Education Week (Coordinator), Peer/Gynt (ASM),Dreamlandia (PSM).
Dee Chiasson is currently in her first year in the MFA Stage Management program. Coming from Eastern Canada, it has allowed her to experience both the small town community feeling and the hustle and bustle of a big city since moving out to the LA area. She graduated from St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB) with an major in English with a concentration in Drama last spring and has enjoyed all of the opportunities that she has had here so far at CalArts. Her most recent credits include: PSM on Souvenir and Shipwrecked (St. Andrews Summer Theater), ASM on Salome (CalArts Theater School) , PSM on Peer Gynt (CalArts Theater School), and is currently the PM on Drag Ball (CalArts Event).
Ceton Tate is currently an MFA 2 Creative Producing and Management candidate at CalArts – with a concentration in Stage Management. Past productions include The Anatomy of a Struggle (CalArts), Salome (CalArts), Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden (CalArts), Hamletmachine (CalArts), World Play (Jersey City Children’s Theatre), Proof (Holmdel Theatre Company), Fruiting Bodies (Lark Play Development Center), The Peculiar Patriot (Lark Play Development Center), Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things (Strangedog Theatre Company), John Wayne Times (Lark Play Development Company), Clean House (12 Miles West Theatre Company). Ceton graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in Theatre Arts and English in 2011 and has since worked in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and California. She is interested in all variations of the Entertainment industry – but specifically is looking towards working in Commercial and Political Theatre, as well as the Film and Television industry.
Qinghuan Yao is a MFA 1 Stage Manager from Shanghai, China. She studied Arts Management in her undergraduate school. She has worked in theater festival, dance company and hotel industry before and did many volunteer stage translation work for foreign companies. Besides theater, she is also interested in world music. Her biggest hobby is traveling.
Alyssa has experience in a wide variety of projects: dance, immersive theater, live events, and themed entertainment. She wears many hats on both creative and management teams, and hopes to pursue a career in the themed entertainment industry.
Abigail Salling is a candidate for a bachelors in the Creative Producing and Management (CPM) department with a specification in Stage Managements. In her three years at CalArts, she has become heavily involved in student government, and is in her second term as representative for the CPM program, as well as having served a year as Secretary and a year as Chief of Staff. Additionally, she served on the Presidential Search Committee which successfully hired Ravi Rajan to replace Steven Levine at the end of his 29 year presidency at CalArts. Over the last year, she has worked with Arts in a Changing America- a national organization based at the interdisciplinary crossroads of art, culture and social justice. She hopes to continue this work by pursuing a career in arts and cultural policy.
As a third year, Kay is extremely excited to start building experience outside of an educational setting. All of his experience is in Assistant Stage Managing and Production Assisting traditional and experimental theatre in regional and institutional environments. Although right now he has his sights set on more commercial theatre, he also is open to dipping his feet into themed entertainment, film/video, and live events.