Katie Ringwood is an Equity stage manager based out of the Philadelphia area. After graduating from Drexel in 2011 she went on to apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre for the 2011/12 season. Katie began to establish herself as a member of the Philadelphia Theatre community working at theaters such as the Arden Theatre Co., FringeArts and Delware Theatre Company to name a few. In 2013/14 Katie fed her flare for travel by stage managing the North American Tour of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. This tour brought her all over the US, Canada and to Edinburgh, Scotland. After spending a year on the road Katie made her way back to Philly. She then became a member of Actors Equity and proceeded to work at the Fulton Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co. and the Arden Theatre Co. where she has worked regularly for 6 years. Katie still seeks out work that will enable her to travel and spent the summer of 2018 working in Santa Cruz, CA at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.
What are you up to right now?
I’m currently the Production Stage Manager for Sweat at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
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)