A DISCUSSION WITH
Daniel Hampel of Broadway in Columbia
Kristin Cobb of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
Aundrai Holloman of the Township Auditorium
Nate Terracio of The Koger Center for the Arts
Glitzy musicals. Classics re-imagined. Classics. Family dramas. Political theater. Vaudeville. Brecht and Beckett. Shows in black boxes and in opera houses. We want more theater!, and we need money to support it. Stage Money is a necessity for commercial and not-for-profit theaters. What is the future of theater in COVID and beyond?
Daniel Hampel is Managing Director of the Roberts Group and Broadway in Columbia. His career in theater started with ticket sales for the off-Broadway show MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL at a small, cabaret-style theatre in Indianapolis. He has worked for The Roberts Group, which runs and operates multiple Broadway Subscription Series in 6 markets, since 2007. The Roberts Group presents over 150 performances of approximately 100 shows per calendar year, and Broadway in Columbia has presented over 100 different engagements at the Koger Center in the past 17 years, including the recent box-office breaking three week, 24-performance run of WICKED.
Kristin Cobb is the executive director for Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Kristin came from the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden where she served as the executive director for 10 years cultivating a vibrant community arts organization. She also worked in television and radio before her arts management career. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Aundrai Holloman is the executive director of the Township Auditorium. In his 25 years at the Township Auditorium, he has seen it all — from the birth of professional wrestling to Broadway and just about every major touring act. He uses his years of experience to promote not only the Township Auditorium but also Richland County, the City of Columbia, and South Carolina. The last five years have seen some of the highest attendance figures in the history of the venue.
Nate Terracio has been Director of the Koger Center for the Arts since 2018. Prior to being at the Koger Center Nate was a Production Manager for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Technical Director of the Off Broadway Lynn Redgrave Theater. He is currently an MFA candidate in Scenic Design in the Theater Department at the University of South Carolina.
Stage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater by Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson is a straightforward guide to understanding the business of contemporary theater. Visit USCPress.com to learn more.