I have produced (and co-produced) events that are varied in both type and size. Events include live music concerts, fashion shows, dance performances, opera, theater, standup comedy, auctions, and more. The number of participants range from 10 to over 10,000!
A few of those events…
Raising funds for the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society
An Evening with Ray Charles
Raising funds and awareness for the Aids Alliance and for the Performing Arts Center of Martha’s Vineyard
Wild Night on the Catwalk
Raising funds and awareness for the Brattleboro Area Hospice organization
River Gallery School of Art
Auctions / Gatherings to raise funds for the school’s good work, including scholarships, art supplies and operational expenses. In 2016 RGS celebrates its’ 40th year serving a thriving arts community, & the party was a blast!
Technical work in the arts (lighting, audio, video, stage management, scenic art, technical direction, etc.) also covers a variety of venues and styles…
Santa Fe Opera Company, Santa Fe NM
The Vineyard Playhouse, Tisbury MA
New England College, Henniker NH
The Yard dance colony, Chilmark MA
Galen Films, Tisbury MA
The Hot Tin Roof nightclub, Edgartown MA
The Atlantic Connection nightclub, Oak Bluffs MA
Over the decades, there has always been this strong attraction to music and to live performances. The type of work included theater, off-Broadway and summer stock; dance companies small to large, classical to modern; nightclubs; music concerts showcasing the icons of rock, blues, jazz, reggae and symphony; plus some video and independent film projects.
Early theatre experiences – working with Equity actors while a teenager, and working behind the scenes (on lighting, sound and props mostly) for a small summer stock company in the early 70’s – all worked to shape the desire to work in the arts. The creativity, the oddball hours, and the camaraderie among all the players – it was all so enticing! There was an early stint making up cable runs and bench-testing theatrical lighting instruments with Tom Field Associates (working in their lighting and staging rental shop in NY) getting a taste for professional lighting. Soon after there was scenic shop work and crew management in opera, then later teaching technical theatre to college students and running campus special events for the touring shows that came through.
Along the way, there was always being a part of the music – beginning with working as an usher for a Pete Seeger concert at South Street Seaport as a teen. Doing technical production work with the Paul Winter Consort was an early event as well, as was working with Eric Andersen. Then a chance to move back to Martha’s Vineyard and helping to open and work at the Hot Tin Roof nightclub. First in show lighting, then in concert sound, and in stage management too. During those early years, we got many music greats – Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis, Mose Allison, Peter Tosh, Delbert McClinton, Cyndi Lauper, Sam & Dave, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Tom Rush, the Blues Brothers, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Cliff, Dizzy Gillespie, The Wailers, Ahmad Jamal, Bo Diddley, and George Clinton, among a parade of so many.
Special event work is spread over many years on productions and events pictured on this page. Also there have been stints with the Boston Ballet and the Boston Pops & Keith Lockhart. There was also touring with the Paula Josa-Jones dance company to both US and foreign destinations.
I’ve been very fortunate to partner with a talented group of individuals over time, among them are:
The co-producers at T2HB and Full Circle Productions, concentrating on music.
The members of Team Décor, a small band of volunteers in southern Vermont, working primarily on worthy fundraising & weddings.
Most recently, a new pairing has formed to concentrate on the technical design aspects of special events. The Creative Production Alliance, whose members work on every size and type of event, anywhere, and have nearly 100 years of experience in audio, video, communications, lighting, and production design. One recent project has been supplying radio systems to the annual Harris Hill Ski Jump.
In all cases, experience teaches us that the collaboration between partners is of the greatest importance, and of the greatest joy. The design process is at its’ most successful when many voices can be heard, then a discerning eye and deeply mindful understanding can be applied to create the best of all possible solutions.
Email today to inquire about how we can assist with your Special Event!