Elynmarie Kazle is a stage/production manager, fundraiser and 15+yr stage director. She’s designed stage management mentoring/curricula for many US institutions. Currently, Ohio Northern University’s SM Faculty, recent gigs include Match Girl/Columbus Dance, Regional Emmy Awards and Director of Teacher Training for the SE Summer Theatre Institute. Past Chair, Stage Managers’ Association/US (9Yrs), Special Projects chair USITT OVS, previous credits include: BAM, Deaf West, Pasadena & Cleveland Play Houses, LA Classical Ballet, Opera Columbus, San Diego Opera and international tours. After 9 years on the AEA West Coast SM Committee and three years working for the SDC Union, she was one of the youngest USITT Fellows inducted. Named to the National Theatre Conference, 2017, her BFA is from the University of Minnesota, Duluth & her MFA is in Theatre Management from Ohio University. She’s an adult leader for Scouting USA, a member of Scouting’s national honor society, and the proud mom of an Eagle Scout.
Bill Hare is retired from a long career in Stage and Production Management in nearly every kind of public presentation – on and off Broadway, touring, and regional theater; New York and regional opera and dance, major and minor industrials, music festivals, trade shows, international press conferences, and in one case a Papal Mass. He was a founding committee chair of the SMA and in recent years served on it’s Board. He is very pleased to be joining his esteemed colleagues in the Stage Managers’ Association Foundation.
Patreshettarlini Adams (she, her) ‘Pat’ is proud to be the resident Stage Manager at the Wilma Theater. She has been with the organization since the theater opened its new home on the Avenue of the Arts in 1996. She has been a member of Actor’s Equity for over 31 years. She is a 2020 recipient of the Del Hughes Award. Pat’s career encompasses work on over 100 productions, including the
Crossroads Theatre Company; Freedom Theatre; New Victory Theater; Ford’s Theater; The National Black Theater Festival and The National Black Arts Festival; the Standard Bank National Arts Festival,
Grahamstown, South Africa. She has also traveled with acclaimed dance company, Noche Flamenca! Thanks be to God!
Rich Costabile, Bronx-born, has been a HS math teacher, IBM computer programmer/systems analyst, actor, stage manager and teacher of stage management. His career has encompassed 7 Broadway productions plus numerous off- Broadway, regional, tours, opera, events large and small, and even the circus. He cherishes the memory of his 17-year association with Hal Holbrook’s legendary Mark Twain Tonight! The SMA elected Rich to serve as Chair of the Board for 6 one-year terms. His travels, for work and for pleasure, have taken him to all 50 states as well as to numerous countries around the world. In September 2022, Rich and his husband Randy retired to Tavira, Portugal; both of them became permanent residents of Portugal in March 2023.
John M Atherlay –On Broadway: Prelude to A Kiss, A Small Family Business, The Seagull with Tyne Daly, Jon Voight, Original company of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Fela, Xanadu. National Tours of Waves Jazz Dance Company, Moms, Stardust with Betty Buckley, All Most Like Being in Love with Diahann Carroll, The Producer’s, Little Shop of Horrors, !01 Dalmatians, The Musical, Fiddler on The Roof with Topol, Anything Goes, Fela, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, Cabaret, The Band’s Visit, A Soldier’s Play.
Robert Sutherland-Cohen has been Production Stage Manager for: Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional productions, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Festivals, and Entertainment Operations Manager - the Tropicana. For the SMA he was a founding member and frequent chairperson. Robert was instrumental in forming and mentoring USITT’s Stage Management Mentoring Project. He retired as Associate Professor (emeritus) Brooklyn College, Department of Theater. His books include: Tesla for Beginners & Introduction to Production:
Creating Theatre Onstage, Backstage & Offstage. He was been twice nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for Career Excellence in Photography (2020 & 2022 ). He received the SMA Founders Award (2020).
Marjorie began stage managing at Circle Repertory Company. Her Off Broadway and Broadway credits include: I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, Greater Tuna, St. Joan, A Class Act, Street Corner Symphony. Off Broadway theaters: 2 nd Stage, MTC, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theatre and The Public Theater.
Currently, Production Supervisor for the Tony Awards. Credits: Director for NY State Democratic Convention 2000; V-Day at Madison Square Garden and The Apollo; The Clinton Global Initiative; IBM Golden Global Circle Awards; 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies; Career Transition For Dancers; Hotel Association NYC and Citizens Union Galas. Former Councilor at AEA. Steering Committee for The Broadway Green Alliance.
Nikki Hyde (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Stage Management at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. For over 15 years, she has worked as a stage manager on productions ranging from staged readings of new work to world-premiere operas to community musical pageants with over 200 cast members. She is a longtime ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Nikki has stage managed all over the country, including at the Kennedy Center, LA Opera, San Diego Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, the Public Theater, South Coast Repertory, Wallis Annenberg Center, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Pasadena Playhouse, and Center Theatre Group. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Notch Theatre Company and the Stage Managers’ Association Foundation. Nikki has taught at California Institute of the Arts and University of California San Diego. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Andrew Feigin’s (AEA, AGVA, AGMA, DGA) stage management career began after graduating from Cornell University with the premier season of the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, NY. LORT theatres: South Coast Repertory, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Roundabout, McCarter. Radio City Music Hall (1984-2015); on Broadway: Nick & Nora, CATS and Phantom of the Opera; at BAM: the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera The Civil Wars, Peter Brooks’ The Mahabharata and The Cherry Orchard. He PSM’d the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Marco Polo. Broadcast: Tony Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Awards, VMAs. His company, AppleFig Productions, LLC provides stage management services for corporate events. He has taught stage management at SUNY Stony Brook and NYU.
James Latus has been stage managing professionally now for 42 years. His Broadway credits include The Collaboration, The Kite Runner, Oklahoma!, True West, Farinelli and the King, Time and the Conways, Indecent, Jitney, All The Way, A Time To Kill, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Clybourne Park, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Stones In His Pockets, Bells Are Ringing, The Capeman. He has worked Off-Broadway at The Public Theater (21 productions), Shakespeare in the Park (13 productions), Playwrights Horizons, BAM and others plus numerous regional and international productions. He is delighted to be on the board of the SMAF.
A founding member of the SMA, Amy has been an active stage manager for many years. Besides her work on Broadway, Amy recently mentored students studying dance performance at Cal State University at Northridge (Los Angeles). Amy’s career in the Hollywood entertainment industry included stints as co-producer of Aladdin, (the Disney animated film), and then as Senior Vice President at Warner Bros. Studio overseeing the production of Space Jam with Michael Jordon. Amy is currently on the west coast, as an award-winning Realtor with the Beverly Hills office of Coldwell Banker Realty.
Patricia Sutherland-Cohen is a Founding Member of the SMA. She stage managed Off-Broadway, regionally and in academic theaters. Patricia parlayed her SM skills as a teacher trainer in NYC schools and as a professor of Disabilities Studies for City University of NY. She holds a Masters of Arts Degree from Columbia University. Patricia & Robert Sutherland-Cohen have been married over 42-years. They have nurtured his two wonderful daughters, now enjoying their spouses, children & family pets. Her 2023 Open Educational Resources book, Understanding Intellectual &
Developmental Dis/Abilities, is used in multiple countries.
Members of the Advisory Board