With seven years of experience in theatrical stage management, Kelly Biscopink brings a wealth of knowledge to Sottile Theatre as the new Events Coordinator.
Graduating from the University of Dayton with majors in Theatre and English, Kelly’s training and work experience are primarily in theatrical stage management. She started working professionally as a stage manager during college in regional theaters and summer stock. Following graduation, Kelly work on Broadway National tours for almost 7 years. She got “off the road” in 2010 and transitioned careers into editorial/acquisitions work for a publishing house in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Drawn to theater work, Kelly joined the College in July 2012 in a role she considers her dream job – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in a city that she loves and in a theater like Sottile, surrounded by history and art. She fell in love with Charleston when she played here on tour with Miss Saigon and Movin’ Out. For many years, Kelly barely saw anything outside of a tour bus or an airplane terminal or the backstage of a theater (which, surprise surprise, all look exactly the same in the dark). Working on such a gorgeous campus and being part of such a large community are bonuses to the job.
Because of her extensive experience operating as the point person for theatrical tours, Kelly understands what goes into mounting a production of any kind of theater space, both from a theatrical/artistic/technical perspective as well as from a financial/business perspective. While she admits that she may not know every solution to every problem, Kelly knows what questions to ask and who will have the answer. Her day to day responsibilities include handling all event bookings, invoicing and record keeping, managing/training/schedule the Front Of House Management staff, scheduling all necessary meetings for upcoming events, coordinating each events’ needs and disseminating schedules/information to the necessary parties, working with patrons to answer questions, generating event estimates, etc. Kelly also works closely with Jeremiah Lewis, technical director for Sottile Theatre, to ensure things run smoothly and expectations are met and/or exceeded.
As someone who has done big shows in small spaces and small shows in big spaces, Kelly has a good idea of how to continue developing Sottile Theatre so that more events can be brought to the Charleston community. She is most excited about actively growing the theatre. Kelly has plenty of ideas and she is thrilled to be able to put some of them in motion. She predicts that Sottile Theatre will soon be able to offer some new services for clients and some new events for patrons.
For more information about Sottile Theatre and upcoming events, visit sottile.cofc.edu.