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We are excited to announce alumnus Barbara Sellers will be on campus to discuss Theatre Production Management with our students on November 3rd.
The discussion will be held from 11-11:50am in SA120, then 3-4pm in Lab School.
Theater designer, educator and administrator Barbara Sellers developed staff and created production management systems used by professional theater companies across the United States. In 1990, she co-founded The Production Managers Forum, a national organization that facilitates sharing ideas, techniques and resources among these groups.
She administered 503 productions in a 40-year career, first as production manager for the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA) and then as producing director of the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC). Her Denver company received a 1998 Antoinette Perry Award (Tony) from the American Theatre Wing.
Her theatrical designs include works for PCPA and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. As a teacher, she established PCPA's design, technical and management curricula. In 1974, she created the plan for a two-city rotating repertory that enabled PCPA to expand it's repertoire into the Solvang Festival Theatre. Recruited in 1983, she left PCPA to administer DCTC's annual 12 production professional season and supervise internships and productions for Master of Fine Arts students of the National Theatre Conservatory.
Under her administration, DCTC produced works from the entire span of theatrical literature in a variety of production styles and developed scores of world premieres. She sent new works from DCTC to theater centers around the world including It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues to Broadway, which earned a Tony nomination; Veterans Day to London's West End; Black Elk Speaks to Hong Kong and the Los Angeles Music Center; and a co-production with England's Royal Shakespeare Company of Tantalus, a nine-hour 10 play cycle that premiered in Denver and toured through England before a sold out run in London's Barbican Theatre.
Sellers is a 1967 graduate of Fresno State with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has a M.A. in Theatre Design from San Francisco State University.