roles: producer, event coordinator, committee president, budget officer, actor
CREATIVE ARTS + THEATRE
Creative Arts + Theatre is one of nine event planning committees underneath the larger, university sponsored organization of Campus Events + Entertainment at the University of Texas at Austin. The most impact I left at CA+T was from 2019-2020 while I was the head of the committee. I organized and coordinated our $26,400 budget with the creation and production of 6 events throughout the year, managing 50 creatives, 6 officers, 6-10 production staff/event, and 1 university advisor.
I coordinated 6 events during 2019-2020 with 2 cancelled due to covid.
AN OPEN MIC NIGHT
Open Mic Night at the Brewgeoisie, this was a relatively new event that started the previous year. I chose to produce this event with my officer team to better anticipate the support a production staff would need at different times in the event life cycle. Overall, this event was not perfect, but it did show me first hand how to run an event and what type of support was needed for producers.
A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SHADOW CAST
This was a recurring event and a guaranteed success, as the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic and very popular on and off campus. Despite external positives, the organization internally had been struggling over the past couple of years. I chose to reduce the production staff size to centralize the leadership team. I also encouraged my producer to make changes to the "way things have always been done." As a result, the production involved less internal conflict and an overall more positive mood as seen during post-event evaluations.
A MADRIGAL DINNER PRODUCTION
The 39th Annual Madrigal Dinner is a recurring production and a behemoth of an event with many moving parts. This is the event where I began to implement changes to how we ran events. There was some success and some failure. For an event of this size (5 act student written play, 4 course meal, 5 improv breaks, 3 choir concerts, and 1000 audience members over 3 days), I was physically present at production staff meetings and often acted as a mediator for conflict resolution.
A DEVISED & INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY
Foul Play at the PTA. This event was a culmination of addressing the problems I saw during my year as the chair. I led our committee through guided brainstorming (picture me sitting on the floor with markers and a giant post-it board) to decide on the type of event (devised & interactive murder mystery) as well as the theme (PTA meeting). We spent most of the fall semester planning bit by bit for the spring, while other events were produced. I worked directly with our producer to identify where previous leaders had challenges with confidence and support on events.
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Let's check out what happened AFTER ca+t!