Back To Top

Managing On-Stage Actors & Productions, With Emma McVey

Managing On-Stage Actors & Productions, With Emma McVey

Weekly Inspiration: Tacos

Whether corn or flour, Michelle’s inspiration this week can be found within the warmth of a tortilla. That’s right, Michelle is inspired by tacos. While tacos are traditional Mexican food, the souped up variations we know today (like pork belly) are usually new age Tex-Mex. Michelle explains that the smallest things can light a fire inside of you, and right now that fire is in her belly. Lucky for her, Atlanta is home to many tasty Tex-Mex joints that she patrons like a good taco-loving local.

The nuts and bolts of stage management with Emma McVey

The magic of the theatre is in its power to whisk audiences away to an imaginary worlds. And those imaginary worlds rest on the shoulders of the stage manager. Freelance stage manager Emma McVey drops by The Cultured Podcast to chat with Michelle and shed light on the talents this essential position requires. Emma explains how every purposeful component of a live production is tracked by the stage manager. With a keen eye for detail and an impossibly cool head, stage managers like Emma are there to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Emma applies her performance background to her managing style, but in one recent production she applied it literally as she stepped in for a sick actor on stage. Between Emma’s insight into stage management and her husband’s previous episode on lighting design, Cultured listeners gain a more complete picture of the hard work that goes into making a live production.

About Emma McVey, stage manager

Emma is a professional Stage Manager in the Greater Atlanta area. Credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Appropriate, Bad Jews, Serial Black Face. Atlanta: Strait of Gibraltar (Synchronicity Theatre); Richard III (Oglethorpe University), Unraveled/Latin Nights (North Atlanta Dance Theatre); Company Showcase (Brenau University); Once Upon A Mattress, The Jungle Book (CCYP); Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest (Theater Emory). BA from Birmingham-Southern College. Up Next…The Flower Room (Actor’s Express) and When We Were Young and Unafraid (Oglethorpe University). When not in a theatre booth, she works on the Economic Development team at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. She lives on the Westside with her husband, Connor, and two cats, Sampson and Ann Perkins.

Mentioned in the episode:

Actor’s express


Atlanta Monster

Aurora Theatre

Bad Jews

Brilliant Traces

The Flower Room

Little Shop of Horrors

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Oglethorpe University

Serial Black Face

Sweeney Todd


Theater Emory