On average, Stormy Edwards calls between 400 and 500 cues per show — lighting, sound, projection, confetti, band and restaurant cues.
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
What do you do? I am the production manager at Teatro ZinZanni. TZ is one part breathtaking circus, one part tasty restaurant, and all parts “you never know what’s going to happen.” I work with our directors and designers to create our unique shows, helping transform the shows from concept to reality.
How did you get that job? I joined Teatro ZinZanni as a backstage manager in 1999 and eventually helped move ZinZanni to San Francisco. I returned to the company in 2007. You never really do run away from the circus.
What’s a typical day like? That is the fun part — no two days are ever the same for me at ZinZanni. Some days, I spend with our creative team coming up with ideas and story lines. Some days, I work with our artists as they develop new bits or acts. Most nights, you will find me behind the glass, running the show.
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What’s the best part of the job? I work with clowns! For a living! I have flown through the air on straps, trained on [aerial] tissues [sometimes called silks or aerial braids] and set up magic tricks. Our show is interactive and improvisational — which keeps me on my toes, but has led to some truly magical moments in the tent.
What surprises people about your job? I think the scope of what I do surprises people. I organize and manage the movement of over a hundred people through our creative process. On average, I call between 400 and 500 cues per show — lighting, sound, projection, confetti, band and restaurant cues.
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