A discussion with Deborah Vandergrift, Chief Production Officer at the
Shakespeare Theatre Company on the role of managing productions as projects
in the performing arts…and her own discovery that she was doing what we
call “Project Management.”
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The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Chief Production Officer
Ms. Vandergrift has worked in production management at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company for the past seven seasons. At STC, she helped develop new approaches and standards necessary in operating the institution’s expanded programming and venues. She has been instrumental in facilitating the presentation of several remarkable productions from abroad, and she is a key member of senior staff, participating in strategic planning, season planning, and budgeting.
Prior to her tenure at STC, Ms. Vandergrift was the production manager for Hartford Stage. She has project managed for various music and arts festivals throughout the US. Ms. Vandergrift’s early career was fifteen years as a professional stage manager, working with a rich variety of artists at both domestic and foreign venues. She earned her MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, San Diego and a double major in English and Theatre from Oberlin College.