A west coast perspective limited series podcast hosted by stage manager Morgan Zupanski and presented by the Stage Managers’ Association that highlights a handful of stage managers actively working on the west coast and talks about how we are all making it happen. Music composed by Victoria DeIorio and produced by Jenna Moran.
Ep 12. Morgan Zupanski, Your Questions, and Believing in Yourself
This is our final episode!!! In a change from our normal structure, this episode interviews our regular host, Morgan Zupanski. Nidia Flores is our host in this episode and she dives deep into all of the questions that our audience has been asking Morgan. We talk about safety, advocating for yourself, imposter syndrome, the importance of finding your tribe, creating a tribe within your teams, all of the feelings around shadowing/being shadowed, and believing in yourself.
Ep 11. Cheyenne Splinter, and Working on Cruise Ships
This weeks episode is all about Cruise Ships! We talk with Cheyenne Splinter about her time working with Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. We discuss how she got in to the industry and how her stage management skills have transferred over. We also talk about life on a ship and some of the logistics that come along with that lifestyle.
Ep 9. Rusty Cloyes, SXSW, and the transition in to TDing
In this episode we talk with Rusty Cloyes about his career trajectory moving from stage management into being a technical director into being a production manager and then moving back in to stage management both professionally and as a teacher. We also talk about his experiences working at SXSW and his experiences on tour.
Bonus Episode – Courtney Joan Zupanski, Zupanski Management Wisdom, and Being a Photo Producer
This episode is a bonus episode - I interviewed my sister, Courtney Joan Zupanski! We talk about her being a photo producer, all of the management wisdom she lives by, and how transferable a stage managers skill sets can be.
Ep 8. Anne Hitt, Working in Seattle, Being a new mom, and SM Bootcamp
Have you heard about SM Bootcamp? Well in this episode, we are talking with the creator, Anne Hitt! We talk with her about her career trajectory and how that has led her to Seattle and what it's been like starting a family while doing the freelance stage management life. We also dig more into what SM Bootcamp is and how it works.
Ep 7. Joel Veenstra, Taking Chances, and the SMA
In this episode we talk with Joel Veenstra about his work as Western Regional Director for the Stage Managers' Association. We also talk about his career trajectory moving from film in to theater, and his willingness to take chances that has ultimately led him to live a life full of balance between his many interests.
This podcast has been so refreshing to listen to! I love being able to relate and think critically about the job I do every day. Hearing the insights of fellow stage managers is a wonderful reminder that there are so many ways to craft our careers and do our jobs.
Being a budding stage manager in Southern California this podcast is not only beneficial, but awesome to hear stories from SMs I’ve been luck to shadow. Thank you, Morgan.
I love this podcast!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this podcast! It has brought new thoughts and management perspectives into my life, and has been very helpful in my transition to a different kind of management career.