Every task, no matter how small, must be done by someone at some point. Know that you are actively contributing to the team with every task someone hands you—and don't be afraid to ask for more!
For the last five and a half months, I had the opportunity to learn about general management and finance for Broadway shows.
Shadowing the Company Manager of Anastasia was a really great experience. I got the chance to not only get a tour of the backstage area and the deck, but also was able to meet some of the staff such as the Wardrobe Supervisor, Hair Supervisor, and the Stage Management team.
It's is a beautiful day here at the new RCI office in the Film Center Building! The sun is shining, the bustle of Hell's Kitchen looks peaceful down below and the skyline is majestically watching over the island of Manhattan. RCI has just re-branded to RCI Theatricals after twenty years of being Richards/Climan, Inc.!
Earlier this week I followed one of our incredible Anastasia Company Managers Kimberly Kelley over to The Broadhurst Theatre to shadow her on the job. In this post, along with describing my nearly life-changing experience, I'm going to do my best to even scratch the surface of what a Company Manager does, but there is a reason those duties are only even summarized in entire novels devoted to Broadway general management.
My name is Emery Major and I am an intern with RCI! I moved to New York City from Colorado a few months ago and have been so fortunate to find a position with RCI this last October. In the past months I have learned so much about this industry and what it really takes to work in it. The entire staff has been so welcoming and enthusiastic towards me and my learning process, and each day is full of lessons. One of the reasons I took the internship position here is because of the endless opportunities to learn on the job: RCI offers incredible seminars on fascinating aspects of the industry such as Broadway Box Offices, Contracts, and Broadway Investing, as well as gives you unique hands-on experiences like the opportunities to go backstage and behind the scenes of actual Broadway Theaters!
Not to mention I get the chance to see the running shows that RCI is currently working on. I'm so excited I get to continue this journey in RCI's office in the Actor's Equity Building on Times Square, and I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about what RCI does, and what life is like as an intern in a General Management Company on Broadway.
Next week I'm going to shadow one of our Anastasia Company Managers on the job at The Broadhurst Theatre; I can't wait to share with you how it goes!
Thanks for tuning in! 😊