Strange but Wonderful Parallels – The Story of Mary Barnett née Cloutier ’01 and Becky Stephenson née Slater ‘01
Shortly after graduating from Wagner, Mary and Becky toured for several years as Stage Managers with NETworks Tours, although they were never on the same tours together. A few years later, in 2005, both moved to Las Vegas to work on the Vegas production of "Avenue Q." A year later, both were hired as Stage Managers for separate Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil shows - Becky on "Ka" and Mary on "LOVE," where they continue to work today. Becky married her husband, Ben, in August 2006, and Mary married her husband, Jimmy, in April 2008. Both their husbands also work backstage for Cirque du Soleil's "LOVE." Mary gave birth to her son, Hunter, on July 30, 2010. Exactly 2 weeks later Becky gave birth to her son, Slater, on August 13, 2010.
“We think it's hilarious how parallel our lives have become since Wagner, and wanted to share our story with our friends back on Staten Island. We are still extremely close to all of our friends from Wagner, and love strolling down memory lane together.”
"Since graduating in the spring of '06, I have lit numerous off off Broadway and regional theatrical shows. Starting in the fall of '07 I moved into the archi-tainment industry, (a mixture of architectural and theatrical lighting), and have been happily working there ever since.
Some of my notable projects included control system design for The New Years Eve Ball in Times Square, LED system and control system design for the Eventi Hotel 6th Avenue Facade in Manhattan, and LED and control system design for Abe and Arthur's and Double Seven Nightclub, The Google Corporate Offices, exterior facade lighting for World Wide Plaza, The Bloomberg Corp. Offices, and the Morgan's Hotel, all in New York City. Domestically, I have worked on Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan, Mystic Lake Casino, in Prior Lake, Minnesota, 180 Montgomery Street, in San Francisco, California, The Detroit People Mover Millender Station, in Detroit, Michigan, and The Marriot Long Wharf, in Boston, Massachusetts. Internationally I have worked on Yaz Hotel in Dubai, Sallet Touzet Casino in Monaco, (upcoming), and consulting work on the Uniqlo International Flagship Store in Tokyo.
My areas of expertise that I have developed since Wagner include computer aided drafting in Vectorworks and AutoCAD, as well as lighting calculations and renderings in AGI32 and diaLUX. I have also gained a high level knowledge of LED theory and technology, DMX, ACN, and RDM lighting protocols, TCP/IP and ethernet based lighting control, advanced lighting control, photometric theory and application, and sustainability and ecological conservancy in the lit environment."
Robert "Sparky" Eberle '06
"After graduating in 2007, I embarked on the 1st National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone as an Assistant Electrician. My job entailed preparing the lighting package for touring, loading in the rig with a crew of 14 electricians and focusing the lights. During the run of the show, I ran a spotlight and called cues to two local spot operators. Then I was responsible for loading out the show and packing it into the truck. Meanwhile I got engaged to Beth Cochran (Class of 05') who was the Assistant Company Manager.
After 15 months on tour with Drowsy, we went on tour with the new production of Grease in the same positions. During that time, Beth and I married. After 18 months with Grease, we went on tour with the new production of West Side Story again in the same positions.
Now after doing a year on the West Side Story tour, we have moved off the road and are based in NYC. Beth is a member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) and I am a member of IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). I am currently working for several production companies as an electrician preparing lighting packages for tours, broadways shows and short engagement events in NYC."
Brian Renoni '07
"I am currently working at Radio City Music Hall as a Production Manager for MSG Entertainment, with focus on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and future planning for other MSGE brands. I report to the SVP of NY Productions, where I assist with technical rehearsals both on-site and offsite for new technology in the show, construct schedules, and help with other technology demos and meetings for the productions.
Before starting at Radio City Music Hall in July 2011, I was the Production/Facilities Manager at New York Theatre Workshop, an off-broadway theatre company in NYC's East Village. I spent close to 4 years with NYTW, and began my position as Production/Facilities Manager less then one year after graduating from Wagner College. My work at NYTW allowed me the opportunities to work on co-productions with Disney Theatrical Group, La Jolla Playhouse, The Acting Company, Elevator Repair Service, and many others.
My love of Production Management started my freshmen year at Wagner, where I was granted the opportunity to serve as Phill Hickox's Assistant Production Manager for the 4 seasons I was at Wagner. I still remain connected to Wagner College serving as an adviser for Wagner's chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity."
Julie M. Mason '07
"After I graduated from Wagner in May of 2010 I got hired by Theatreworks / USA and got my Equity card. I toured with Click Clack Moo from January – June 2012 as the PSM while also fulfilling duties of a company manager and tour manager.
After Theatreworks I went up to Whitefield, NH for the summer as the ASM at Weathervane Repertory Theatre where we did seven shows (five musicals and two plays) in rotating repertory rehearsing each show for five days, teching it for five hours, and then opening it).
From Weathervane I drove down to Myrtle Beach, SC where I was the PSM on Atlantic Stage's production of Boeing-Boeing. Atlantic Stage works in conjunction with Coastal Carolina University so I also ended up doing a lot for work mentoring college students and guest taught several of the Stage Management classes at Coastal. After Myrtle Beach I came back to Staten Island to work on Amahl and the Night Visitors with Harbor Lights Theatre Company."
Brendan O'Brien '10