Congratulations to Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Rebecca Lynn Dose ’19, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Stage Management BA program. She has been named Resident Stage Manager of the Magik Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.
Dose came to Chicago from Minnesota in 2016 to study at the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre program, but switched majors two years later with the help of faculty and staff advisors after she discovered her true passion was for stage management. “After working as a production assistant on one of the mainstage shows, I decided to change majors and joined the Stage Management program,” Dose tells The Green Room. “I took on as many SM and tech positions as I could in order to catch up on the semesters I’d missed and was able to graduate early in December of 2019. After graduation, I found some temporary work with Steppenwolf Theatre before becoming a stage manager for a show with Lifeline Theatre. We were only able to put on one preview performance before the theater was shut down in early March. Once it looked like things would be closed for awhile, I moved back to my hometown in Minnesota to help out my family and save up some money.
“When theatres began reopening, I started sending out my resume all around the country. I didn’t have my heart set on any particular city or area. I just wanted to be making theatre again, wherever they would take me. Luckily, the folks with Magik Theatre reached out to me about a Resident Stage Manager position for their season and, after speaking with them, I knew it would be a great fit. . . . When I was young, it was performances put on by theatres just like the Magik that set me down the path to a theatre career. I couldn’t be more excited to play a part in that cultural exposure for the next generation.”
The Magik Theatre has been providing San Antonio’s children and their families with professional, accessible, literature-based theatre and education since 1994. “The Magik Theatre’s mission is to use the power of theatre to create Magikal storytelling for children that Activates imagination, Grows young minds, and Inspires creativity and a love of learning that is the Key to a more literate future for our community,” the company states on its website. The company’s 2021-22 season begins September 17 with Maddi’s Fridge, based on the novel by Lois Brandt.