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Forum Discussion: Production Stage Management for Ceremonies

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By Gareth Hulance

This panel conversation will goes deep into the world of production stage management for ceremonies and you can discover what goes into being a PSM on some of the biggest shows in the world. Between them, this panel have worked on countless Olympic ceremonies, national days and large scale events across the globe and they will be sharing ways of working, experiences, top tips and stories – a discussion not to be missed!

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčGareth Hulance


Gareth works as an international show caller, production stage manager and show director. His company, cue2cue supplies teams across the world, working on over 60 shows in 17 countries in 2019.

As a show caller, Gareth‚Äôs credits include the 30th SEA Games Philippines, Special Olympics World Game 2019, Saudi Arabia National Day 2019, SOMENA Abu Dhabi 2018, Dubai World Cup Ceremonies 2017 & 18, Dubai National Day’s 43 & 44, and 1st European Games Baku 2015.

Production stage management credits include: Clusters of Light (Cairo), Saudi Arabia National Day 2017, F1 Baku City Circuit, Grand Openings of Studio City (2015), The Parisian (2016) & MGM (2018) Casino’s in Macau and Huawei Official Galas (MWC)

Gareth has also been working in educational training for over 15 years and is based in London, UK

Jorge Tapia Briggs


Jorge has 20 years of experience in Stage Management, starting in musical theatre in Mexico City as both a PSM and a Show Caller.

‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčJorge has been working in ceremonies for 10 years taking senior stage management roles in London 2012, Sochi 2014 & Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Additional ceremonies include the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011, Islamic Games 2017 and the Special Olympics World Games 2019.

As a Production Stage Manager, credits include Pan American Games Toronto 2015 (Closing & ParaPans), Inviticus Games 2016, Saudi Arabia National Day 2019 and the South East Asian Games 2019.

Event work across Mexico includes fashion shows and corporate events and the annual Day of the Dead Festival and with Cirque du Soleil in their first Mexican resident show Joya ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äčin 2014. Additional Cirque credits include the 2018 Saudi Arabia National Day and their summer production in Andorra for the last four years.

Jorge is based in Mexico City

Raoul Chacar


Raoul has worked in Stage Management for over 10 years, spanning various types of events, most notably large scale ceremonies and has to date worked on over 50 individual ceremonies.

Senior stage management roles include the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and Rio Summer Olympics 2016 Ceremonies and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and IMAG 2017.

As a Production Stage Manager, Raoul has managed large teams in a number of different cultures and countries, including Baku 2015 European Games Ceremonies and the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi as well as multiple UAE National Day celebrations and Leila Land of Imagination in Riyadh, KSA. Raoul has also been the PSM for multiple football final opening and closing ceremonies and multiple corporate events and launches across the globe including the Expo 1 Year to Go show (2019) and the inauguration show for Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi (2018)

Originally from Lebanon, Raoul is now based in Warsaw.

Guido Foa


Guido started working in Cinema and TV productions as assistant director and started in ceremonies as a stage manager at the Torino Winter Olympic Ceremonies of 2006.

Since than he has developed his career in events all over the world: As a stage manager in Vancouver Olympic Ceremonies of 2010, Deputy Production Stage Manager for London 2012 and Production Stage Manager in Sochi 2014 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

During these years he has also been involved also in Ceremonies of editions of Panamerican Games, Center America and Caribbean Games, Special Olympics, Asian Games, Mediterranean Games and in various Shows and Events.

From the top class international team he grew up with, Guido hopes he has learned the flexibility and the way to keep all co-workers motivated and strong in any condition.

Guido is based in Italy

Charbel Karam


‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčCharbel’s experience roots from a world of branding and design, giving him an eye for detail that is indispensable in the events industry and show management. Fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic, he has had the opportunity to work with professionals from different backgrounds and works sensibly within different cultures and scopes.

Being on the field of play or control room in a stadium as a Production Stage Manager or Show Calling, Charbel is always a troubl-eshooter with a smile on his face.

Some of his recent successful involvements as PSM include Panamerican & Parapanamerican Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies (Lima 2019), Coupe De La Ligue Opening Ceremony, Euroleague Final Four Ceremonies & Sports Presentation, Asian Paras Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies (Jakarta 2018) and The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum Opening Week, among others.

Born in Venezuela, Charbel is based between Athens and Beirut.

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