Taylor Marun is a 2011 alumna of UMKC with an MFA in Stage Management. Since her graduation, she has been active in New York. Taylor talks about her recent career developments: “I have been a member of AEA for a few years now. I am currently finishing up an Off-Broadway show, In Bed with Roy Cohn. Following this show, I will be going to Roanoke, Virginia, to stage manage 42nd Street at the Mill Mountain Theatre.” Taylor is based in New York, but also takes work in other markets around the country. Within the past year, she has worked on several other Off-Broadway shows as well as readings, galas, and concerts.
In terms of Taylor’s own personal view of stage management, she believes that the best way to learn the art is through a ton of “hands on” experience. She reflects fondly on her days in Kansas City. “I was able to do many shows, including working with some companies in the KC area. I learned a lot from working with professional SMs on these shows.” Taylor champions these opportunities as invaluable assets to her professional resume; through acquiring a good amount of experience in graduate school, she was able to find work quickly. She speaks of her confidence on going into her first professional interview after receiving her degree. “The program helped shape me into the Stage Manager I am today. It gave me some good foundations to build on in my career. I got that job by the way.” Taylor also received many more job offers after that first interview; she continues to remain an active and passionate stage manager.
Sadie DeSantis, who oversees the program, speaks of its inherent value. “The Stage Management program is a perfect gateway to accelerate a professional career in two years. It gives students the opportunity to work side by side with professional stage managers in all forms of performance including: theatre, opera, dance, and corporate events.” Sadie was also Taylor’s classmate in graduate school. Both alumni continue to serve as examples of the highest professionalism in their field. Both of them acquired an immense knowledge of their art form.
By Jamie Alderiso