Design and Technology Alumni

  • Mike Smanko (M.F.A. Theatre - Design)   Over 40 years working as a production prop supervisor on Broadway. Board member: American Theatre Group, Rahway NJ. Emeritus member: Montclair State University, College of the Arts advisory board. 2015 A&A School of Theatre Distinguished Alumni award. Recently worked on "The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" Broadway and tour. Currently working on "Bright Star, a new musical", pre-Broadway at the Kennedy Center.
  • Ryan Howell (B.F.A. Design and Technology - Set Design)- Freelance set designer in New York City. Has worked on numerous projects including TV, regional theatre, and off-broadway productions.
  • Ellie Bye (B.F.A. Design and Technology)  Properties Supervisor - New York University 
  • Ashley (Rhodes) Gamba (B.F.A. Design and Technology)  Clinical Assistant Professor - Costume Technology - Arizona State University 
  • Damien Charkiewiczl - Associate Engineer - Technical Multimedia Design, Inc.
  • Josh Hummel - Head Audio - The Phantom of the Opera North America tour.
  • Megan Zugibe - Audio Engineer for the world premiere of Tennessee Williams' last full play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, directed by David Schweizer and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. Before that I was the audio engineer at a theatre in NJ, then was the asst. sound designer and board op for NY Times Critic Pick, Samuel and Alasdair: A personal History of the Robot Wars. I then designed a small show in NYC. After In Masks closes, I will be an A1 for The NY Musical Theatre Festival this summer.
  • Meghan Dougherty - Master electrician at the Asolo Reperatory Theatre in Sarasota, FL- one of the few true rotating rep companies in the US
  • Ben Clark - Engineer at Universal Creative, currently working on special effects, show action equipment, and show sets for the Harry Potter expansion project at Universal Studios.
  • Liz Kline - Lighting Design MFA program at UNLV
  • Katie Kudrick - Rental/Sales Manager at 4wall
  • Nick Emerick - currently working as a Lighting Controls Specialist for The Dulanski Group in NYC -- lighting and lighting controls manufacturers (notably: ETC, Altman, Strong, & Pixel Range) in the NYC metro area
  • Eric Christian - Freelance lighting programmer based in NYC. Just completed the full contract US tour for Fela! as the video tech
  • Jonathan Reed - Production Manager and Assistant Professor, Yale University
  • Zack Beck - Currently working for Kish Rigging in Los Angeles and has worked on projects that include the Grammy Celebration and the Ronald Reagan Library. He's currently working on NBC's "The Voice" and is on location for all rehearsals and live tapings.

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