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                                                                                                                                                         Michael G. Benson


Scenic Designer/Production Manager/Technical Director           
mbthetd (at) gmail.com.
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Supervisory and Carpentry Employment
Pittsburgh Musical Theater (August 2005 - April 2007)
Technical Director/Production Manager
Engineered, drafted, and supervised construction of all scenic elements.  Responsible for painting scenic elements.  Hired and trained all additional labor as needed.  Served as Master Carpenter.  Maintained production rental calendar.  Responsible for procuring materials and labor.  Oversaw installation of all production elements in various venues.  Interfaced closely with I.A.T.S.E. Local 3.  Collaborated with representatives of various venues to ensure company compliance of house rules. 
Double M Enterprises, LLC (September 2004 - July 2005)
Started own scenic production shop with business partner.  Responsible for organizing and managing all matters involved in the business including: marketing, accounting, budgeting, payroll, scheduling, personnel hiring and supervision, and purchasing.  Also responsible for all matters involved in construction including:  drafting, carpentry, scenic painting, and delivery. 
Cuyahoga Community College (September 2003 - September 2004)
Interim Technical Director/Production Manager
Oversaw budgets for all areas of production (Scenery, Lighting, Properties, Sound, and Costumes).  Created technical drawings for all productions.  Organized build schedule for all scenic elements for multi-venue facility.  Designed sets for Theatre Department's productions of Waiting for Godot and The Fan.  Was responsible for managing Part-Time Events Staff and Student Assistants.  Maintained rental calendar involving 200+ events a year.  Served as the technical liaison for all rental clients.  Collaborated with the Theatre Coordinator in establishing new pricing system for rental events, new hours tracking system for all employees in the department, and new equipment rental policies.  Received  commendations from District Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, Dean of Liberal Arts, and Campus President for establishing and maintaining a safe working environment.
Cuyahoga Community College (November 2002 - September 2004)
Assistant Technical Director/Resident Sound Designer
Oversaw the construction of all scenic elements for proscenium arch and outdoor amphitheatre venues.  Trained new student employees in areas of carpentry, sound, rigging, scenic painting, stage management and show production.  Designed sound for all productions.  Assisted Technical Director in budgeting, scheduling, and crew assignments.  Attend all production meetings.  Maintained theatre space.  Worked closely with outside clientele for special events and rentals.  Appointed by Dean of Liberal Arts to serve on Search and Advisory Committee for Technical Director and Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts vacancies.
Shakespeare & Company (May 2002 - August 2002)
Master Carpenter
Oversaw construction of all scenic elements for multi-venue company.  Maintained all equipment.  Managed construction crew.  Assisted Technical Director in determining cost-effective means of construction.  Designed and built wood steamer for construction of bent-wood chairs.  Performed MIG welding.
Northern Stage Company (September 2001 - May 2002)
Technical Director
Oversaw all areas of production, including set, electrics, sound, and properties.  Attended all production meetings.  Generated technical drawings of all sets on VectorworksTM.  Built all sets under allotted budget during time of financial hardship.  Procured materials for eight productions.  Designed sound for two productions.  Served as Scenic Coordinator for one production.  Repaired and performed maintenance on company truck. 
De La Guarda (September 2000 - August 2001)
Assisted in the construction of the performance space.  Installed lighting, sound, rigging, and structural elements for the building.  Responsible for running the show.  Gained experience working with the metric system and learned rudimentary Spanish.  Also served as the substitute sound operator.
John Carroll University (September 1998 - September 2000)
Technical Director
Assisted instructor of technical theatre class in the supervision and training of college students in the areas of set construction, lighting, sound, scenic painting, and proper usage of scene shop equipment in a multi-venue facility.  Responsible for lumber and hardware orders.  Scheduled work calls for lighting, set, and sound.  Installed communications equipment for Kulas Auditorium.
Cleveland Opera (September 1994 - December 2000)
Duties included carpentry, minor arc welding, scenic painting, and loading and unloading of sets for tours.  Performed repairs on sets.  Worked closely with I.A.T.S.E. Local 27.
Sound Employment
Three Rivers Entertainment (April 2007 - Present)
Independent Contractor
Responsible for overseeing the installation, operation, and strike of all audio/visual and lighting equipment for each event.  Work closely with clients.  Address all problems in a quick, efficient manner.  Maintain equipment as needed.
Cleveland Playhouse (January 2000 - May 2001)
Sound Engineer
Responsible for operation of sound equipment for all productions in the Bolton Theatre.  Designed productions when needed.  Maintained sound equipment and made minor repairs when needed.  Gained experience with digital audio editing using a variety of sound editing software including Sound Forge, Cakewalk, CD Architech.
Porthouse Theatre Company (June 1998 - August 1998)
Sound Operator/Engineer/Designer
Operated sound equipment for A Thousand Clowns and designed sound for 1776.  Made minor repairs to equipment as needed.  Worked within budget.  Instructed graduate students pursuing MFA in Technical Theatre in sound engineering.
Hanna Cabaret (September 1997 - November 1997 & April 1998 - June 1998)
Sound Operator/Engineer
Operated sound equipment for Forbidden Broadway! and A Brief History of White Music.  Served as the substitute sound operator for The All Night Strut and Always, Patsy Cline.  Maintained equipment and performed minor repairs when necessary.
Berea Summer Theatre (1995 & 1996 Seasons)
Sound Designer/Engineer
Recorded sound cues for all productions.  Performed live mixing.  Catalogued and maintained all equipment.  Performed minor repairs on equipment.  Attended all production meetings.  
Teaching Experience
Cuyahoga Community College
Instructor: Stagecrafts (January - May 2004)
Organized and taught curriculum for Stagecrafts course.  Instructed students in scenic construction (including proper and safe usage of all shop tools), scenic painting, rigging, lighting, sound, shop math and basic drafting.
Cuyahoga Community College
Lecturer: Theatrical Sound (February 2004)
Created, developed, and led seminar and workshop in the area of theatrical sound.  Topics included acoustics, sound reinforcement, equipment, and show production.
Northern Stage Company
Instructor (Spring 2001)
Developed curriculum and taught middle school students in the areas of scenic painting and properties construction. 
Brecksville Theatre on the Square
Instructor:  Summer Theatre Camp (Summer 1998)
Created, developed, and taught curriculum for Summer Camp for middle school and high school students.  Classes included Stagecraft, Acting, Set Design, Light Design, and Theatre History.
The Hippodrome Theatre
Educational Intern:  HITT Program (Fall 1996)
Assisted in the creation, development, and implementation of theatrical workshops for at-risk youth.  Assisted participants in writing and performing scripts design to provide a positive outlet for peers.                  
Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Theatre, June 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Music, June 1995
Professional Affiliations, Workshops & Additional Skills
Member I.A.T.S.E. Local 635
Stage Rigging Workshop: Jay Glerum, Instructor, 2004
Strategies for Communication Across the Table: The Real Collaboration Process. USITT Conference, 2004
The Role of Technical Directors on the Design Team. USITT Conference, 2004
Stagecraft/Production Curriculum Articulation. USITT Conference, 2004
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Adobe PhotoShop, Vectorworks.
USITT Presenter, 2009 Loves, Labours: Balancing School and Family