Christopher Denver | Stage Manager

Christopher Denver

Stage Manager

With 23 years of work experience, and more than 30 years since my theatrical debut as Squirrel #2 in The Littlest Christmas Tree, I bring a robust set of skills in stage management, theatre, management & leadership, operations, communications, and project management.

I care deeply about theatre and see my role as a liaison and facilitator: helping to create an emotionally and physically safe environment with the tools and resources where creators can do their best work.

My work has always been about people, process, and managing projects and priorities. All while remaining calm, cool, and collected. I’ve consistently been told that I’m a rare combo of being able to see the big picture, but also able to manage all of the details.

I love working on musicals, opera, drama, and circus arts. And, I'd love to be a part of your next project!

 

Current: Appointment with Death  |  PSM  |  The Gallery Players

Upcoming: Julius Caesar  |  PSM  |  Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Upcoming: Spring Awakening | PSM | The Gallery Players

Upcoming: Rusalka and Frida and Hansel and Gretel (Summer 2019 Opera Artist Institute) | PSM | Opera Steamboat

 
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My Work

Theatrical Resumé

Other Professional Work

In addition to my theatrical work, I bring more than 20 years of extensive experience in the business and nonprofit world.

My strengths are demonstrated through my ability to visualize and create the big picture while still managing all of the details. I have a people-centered focus when developing a team in their current roles as they prepare for the next steps in their careers, and when communicating both internally and externally.

I’ve always operated within a fast-paced environment where there are constantly evolving priorities, and limited windows of time and resources to make it all happen. I’ve done so with a smile, have brought a sense of calm focus while maintaining a quick pace, and have guided teams through intense periods.

Click below to view a summary of my other professional work, or visit LinkedIn.

Skills & Experience

  • Reading Music (nearly 30 years)

  • Training in voice, piano, violin

  • Stage Write

  • QLab

  • Final Draft 10

  • Project Management

  • Communications Management

  • Video/Audio Transcription

Education & Training

Supplemental Training

SM Boot Camp: An Intensive Stage Management Training Course (2018)

Anne L. Hitt, AEA/AGMA

Broadway Stage Management Symposium (2018, 2017, 2016)

Matthew Stern, AEA

Undergraduate Study

University of Colorado, Boulder

Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance

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Testimonials

From the first day working with [Christopher], it was clear that he knew what he was doing and was glad to be doing it...Christopher was calm, well prepared, knowledgeable about both the pieces and the productions, and had sound instincts about the process - more so, in fact, than a lot of other people I know who have been at this for a long time...Christopher sets very high standards for himself, and lives up to them.
— Peter Dean Beck, Scenic & Lighting Designer
[Christopher] had a calm demeanor backstage and solutions for problems I hadn’t thought of yet...he is always described as a breath of fresh air by our production staff...he brings no ego, de-escalates stress, and brings enthusiasm and care to the work...his maturity and management experience makes him a particular asset in the chaos...he has a nuanced sense of when it’s important to share his observations versus simply standby to support a solution in progress when plans need to adapt...he has always had a keen sense of the dynamics that keep machines with lots of moving parts healthy.
— Erica Linz, Cirque du Soleil artist and Founder & Artistic Director of Circus Couture
You are one of the best managers that I know...[you have the] ability to listen fully, share advice and recommendations, and maintain your patient and calm demeanor, especially when [others] are feeling flustered or emotional...[you] make your team feel supported, trusted, and empowered.

Your project management skills are impressive...you are strategic about how you approach projects...you develop systems for getting things done to ensure sustainability and how to keep the system functioning without further intervention...you approach your work in the bigger context, looking not just at the problem you’re trying to solve, but the root cause, the end result, and the impact on the larger environment.

Your focused work ethic, your dry sense of humor, and your delight in life make you a joy to have around.
— Libby Romfh, Director of Operations

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