Free technical theater workshops and paid work experience for Miami-based emerging technicians.
Learn what a stage manager does and how they run a show from Vanessa McCloskey.
Vanessa McCloskey (she/her/hers) is a multidisciplinary stage manager, and a proud Miami native. Her background is focused in theatre, including new works and immersive events as well as traditional plays and musicals. Beyond the theatre, she also has experience in opera, dance, live music, and special events. She serves as the resident production stage manager and production manager for Zoetic Stage, and is currently gearing up for her 3rd season in this role.
Previously, she has managed productions and events for the Adrienne Arsht Center, Actor’s Playhouse, Blue Revolver, Civic Entertainment Group, Fever Originals, GableStage, Miami Classical Music Festival, Miami Light Project, Miami New Drama, and the Westchester Cultural Arts Center. She earned her B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Miami in 2018.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.