Stage Management Roles in Sports Presentations
By Anna Robb
Ever wondered how the skills of a stage manager are utilized in sports presentations? Watch this discussion forum as industry professionals Josh Hyman, Kylie-Ann Haynes and Sam Ould explain the elements that go into delivering events such as Rugby League Grand Finals, State of Origin matches, Cricket World Cups, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other stadium shows.
Find out about the roles of show callers, camera directors, floor managers, directors assistants and show directors in the sports presentation environment and how they work together with little to no rehearsal and only one shot to get it right.
Josh has worked in the entertainment industry since 1999 and has specialised as a showcaller for the last 12 years. With a background in theatre Josh now focuses on event showcall. He works across many different sectors including Corporate events and conferences, Opening Ceremonies, Circus, Stadium shows and Sports Presentation.
Josh takes pride in providing a calm, clear and friendly atmosphere on coms and loves working with many different companies worldwide. Josh also develops custom software for Stage Management teams and Technical departments for companies across the world. His systems are the backbone for the Dragone shows The House Of Dancing Water and La Perle.
Some of the shows Josh has worked on include:
- Jakarta Asian Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies
- Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
- Abu Dhabi National Day
- Sydney Harbour New Years Eve
- Saudi Riyadh Season Closing
- AWS Exec forum
- YouTube Festivals
- Sydney Mardi Gras Party
- NRL Grand Finals and State of Origins
- Cricket World Cup
- Pacific Games Athletics
In a career that spans three decades, Kylie-Ann Haynes has established herself as one of Australia’s leading sports presentation professionals. She has worked with and for some of the industry’s highest profile event directors and produced events featuring a who’s who from Australian sport and entertainment. From end-to-end event production to show calling and floor managing, Kylie-Ann has worked across the full spectrum of sport presentation roles.
Since 2011, Kylie-Ann’s has been contracted to Cricket Australia as the On-field/MC Producer and Floor Manager for international matches around Australia. She has also carried out similar roles across the Big Bash League, as well as the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup matches and the 2020 !CC Women’s T20 World Cup. For more than a decade she has worked as a Freelance Sports Presentation Producer and Events Specialist for the National Rugby League across their marquee events and representative fixtures. Kylie-Ann has been NRL Grand Finals, State of Origins and Rugby League Nines.
She has also worked on the delivery of many international events including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, 2015 AFC Asian Cup, 2015 Pacific Games, Qatar Football League Grand Final, Football matches featuring EPL powerhouses Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool, Brazil Global Tour in Singapore, and Major League Baseball.
With over 30 year’s experience across a multitude of genres, Sam Ould is a Sport Presentation Producer from Australia, with experience ranging from local club matches to World Cups, Grand Finals, Olympics and World Tours. So far, this includes over 30 different disciplines of 22 different sports in over 20 countries around the globe.
Over the years, Sam has been lucky enough to show call events for Her Majesty the Queen of England, His Holiness the Pope, five Prime Ministers, the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, major corporate brands, four World Cups, the President of FIFA, the President of the IOC (twice!), plus a Sheikh and a Sheikha or two.
For nearly 15 years, Sam show called thousands of performances in stage management teams on some of the world’s biggest touring productions such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Dirty Dancing and multiple musicals around Australia, New Zealand and Asia. After settling in Brisbane in 2006 and lecturing at the QUT Technical Production course, he also transitioned from theatre to sport and live events.
He has the Olympic rings on 6 of his passes, most notably as the Venue Producer at the Olympics and Paralympics for Rio 2016 for three sports – one of them across three venues and 5 disciplines in a day! He had comparable roles at the Doha Asian Games 2006 and the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 including the first ever gold medal ceremony at the Youth Olympics. His multi-sport and Olympic credentials since 2000 includes Olympic Arts Festivals, Torch Relays, Olympic Youth Festivals, Olympic Test Events, and Pan American Games. For the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he stage managed major events for the Queen’s Baton Relay around Australia before returning to the Gold Coast to call the closing ceremony.
Most recently in 2019, he show called as Venue Producer for three sports at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. This last summer saw his 13th consecutive year show calling, producing, floor managing or even as DJ for domestic and international cricket matches at venues around Australia and overseas since 2006.