Katie Ringwood is currently the Stage Manager at The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture in New York City. Recently, she completed the North American Tour of 50 Shades! The Musical, as Stage Manager. She had been with the production since September 2013, and has worked with the producing company - Baby Wants Candy - in Edinburgh, Scotland, New York, and elsewhere. Prior to 50 Shades! Katie was a freelance stage manager based out of Philadelphia. In 2011/2012 she was the Mainstage Stage Management Apprentice at the Walnut Street Theater. After a year at Walnut, she then went on to Assistant Stage Manage at the Arden Theater Company on Next to Normal & A Little Night Music. Other work includes Delaware Theater Company as Assistant Stage Manager, Inis Nua as Stage Manager and Upper Darby Summer Stage as Stage Manager and stage management mentor.
What are you up to right now?
I just finished a huge tour as the Stage Manager and Wardrobe Supervisor of 50 Shades! The Musical and am looking for my next project.
What is it like being in “the biz” as a pro?
It’s fun, and challenging. You are always learning even if you are a “pro” And everything you do is networking.
How did EAM help you get here?
EAM provided me with the confidence to go into the work force. The program also gave me the opportunities to make professional contacts while I was in school. Some of which (including my recent employers) I ended up working for after graduating with my degree.
Who is on top of your current playlist?
Any advice for current EAM students?
Take advantage of the opportunities offered outside the classroom. If you want something, don’t be afraid to ask and let your professors know. Don’t work to the point of no longer having fun.
(photo credit: Lori Aghazarian)