Dane Michael Urban ‘11
Business Administration Minor and Arts Management Program
Production Assistant on Fun House at The Public Theater in NY, NY. Off-Broadway. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron. Directed by Sam Gold.
Production Assistant on The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre. Rehearsals begin December 2013. Previews begin mid-January 2014. Opening late February 2014. Music by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Marsha Norman. Directed by Bartlett Sher.
Briefly describe your current job responsibilities.
I will be assisting the equity PSM and ASMs on The Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County. Typical rehearsal duties as a stage manager. I’ll work on the show up until opening night (including 50 preview performances). The stage management team shrinks when the show opens because the show will no longer have massive changes, edits, and cuts (those are all made during the preview process).
While a student at BW, what experiences outside the classroom did you participate in (on or off campus)?
I worked on many productions at BW as a stage manager. Some credits include: PSM for La Bohème and RENT in repertory, PSM for Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, PSM for Chess at PlayhouseSquare.
Who was your faculty mentor in the department and how did this professor help you while you were a student and afterwards?
Jeff Herrmann, Charlotte Yetman, and Victoria Bussert all helped me get started as a stage manager at BW, as well as highly recommending me to go out to Idaho Shakespeare Festival (my first professional theatre job). This laid the foundation enabling me to pursue other jobs in theatres across the east coast.
What makes the BWU Theatre and Dance department special?
The department is small enough to truly give individualized attention and support. Everyone truly wants the students in the department to succeed.
What advice would you give to a prospective student interested in theatre or dance?
Network. Network. Network. Working in the theatre really is all about who you know. Ask questions. Constantly check in with people and let them know what you are working on. Ask people if they know of any openings anywhere. Start with BW and work your way up with internships. Working at Williamstown Theatre Festival is one of the best ways to meet a lot of people. Not only do you meet hundreds of people in your age range, but also industry professionals.
How did BW prepare you for graduate school/employment?
It laid the foundation and set a precedent for me to follow in the workplace. It allowed me to transition into the professional theatre world.
Other info/thoughts you’d like to share:
I am super excited for my Broadway debut on The Bridges of Madison County! I’d like to thank everyone back home at BW once again. I couldn’t have gotten into the professional theatre world without all of my training at BW.
Other theatres Dane has worked as a stage manager:
- Cain Park
- Idaho Shakespeare Festival
- Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
- Asolo Repertory Theatre
- Williamstown Theatre Festival
- Goodspeed Musicals
- The Public Theater
- The Classical Theatre of Harlem
- The Signature Theatre (NYC)