Marisol #ONSCENE with Sophia Leewah - STAGE MANAGER @ THE PUBLIC!
The theater is a wonderful experience but often times, we forget about all the work that goes behind making those experiences. Have you ever wondered about who calls the shots and makes sure that the lighting is well and that the sound is working and all of those small critical things that are crucial for the show to go on? Well now is your chance to learn a bit about someone who does just that! Although she isn't on the stage, without her there would be no show. She is always working on something new and her latest project is at none other than THE PUBLIC.
SOPHIA LEEWAH (Stage Manager)
Q: When did you know you wanted to start stage management?
A: It was more like I was thrown into the position in high school because a teacher thought I could handle it, but I knew I would stay in it by end of my stage management classes in college.
Q: How would you describe stage management?
A: Paperwork and time and people management. Being the support. Caffeine.
Q: What is your favorite part / What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
A: My favorite part is the rehearsal process: seeing actors and directors discover the show as the weeks or months go by. The most rewarding part is calling a show for the first time through (and getting every call on time!)
Q: What is the hardest part?
A: Sometimes Tech rehearsal and most times finding time outside of a project for my own personal things.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to work in the theater?
A: It's a very collaborative and passionate environment so I would say to be a team player and love what you do.
Q: Your new project is at none other than the world famous Public Theater. How does it feel to be working at the home of where so many shows like Hamilton got their start?
A: It's fun! This is my second summer working a Weasel Festival and The Public is a super inviting place to work.
Q: At the Public, you are currently working on 4 shows - Program A and Program B, each having 2 shows within a program. Has it been hard to work on 4 shows at once? Or is it simply rewarding?
A: Truthfully, I would say both. There are a multitude of designers, actors, and crew within the Festival, and it's Brooklyn College folks so we're all cool with each other.
Q: I’m excited for your new show! Weasel with a Pint of Blood: Program A & Program B. What can you tell us about it?
A: All 4 shows are inspired by paintings by artist Martín Ramírez. There will be an insert in the program of the interviews with the playwrights, so I'll let that speak on the shows.
Q: Who or what inspires you or keeps you motivated in stage management?
A: The energy that is created by everyone in the production when a show is put on its feet.
Q: What would you like to tell our readers?
A: Come see the show! Accept failure in Program A! and Eat a sandwich in Program B!