By Emily Gitten
We met with Julio Munoz to chat about the stage, the performing arts, and his time as a valued student employee.
Name: Julio Munoz
Year: Class of 2021
Major: Theatre and Dance
Concentration: Stage Management
Role at TPA: Scene Shop Assistant/ Receptionist
Q: Theatre and Dance seems like such a dynamic major, what do you find makes your program special?
A: Something unique about my major is that we get real-world experience in stage management because plenty of shows in the Department of Theater and Dance require a stage manager. Additionally, people outside of the department ask for stage managers which give us opportunities to meet massive amounts of people all around the area.
Q: Being a stage manager sounds pretty intense. What is the biggest challenge you face on the job?
A: The biggest challenge stage managers face behind the scenes, based on my previous experience, is the uncertainty of what might happen on the stage with the performers. Stage managers have control of calling the cues for when lighting, sound, scenery change, projections, and other things, but performers that are on the stage we're usually uncertain about. The possibility of them forgetting a line, skipping a whole section of the script, skipping a section of a dance, or similar circumstances that would serve as a visual or audio cue for a stage manager is heart stopping. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility as a stage manager to think quickly on their feet and find a solution for whatever is thrown their way.
Q: It seems like you are really involved with the arts, what inspired you to become so involved with the performing arts community?
A: I'm inspired by the live productions and by listening to the crowd react after spending so much time bringing the production to life.
Q: As a scene shop assistant you must really make things come to life, any favorite projects you have worked on?
A: My favorite show that I have worked on is called Eugene Onegin. It's an opera and the scenic designer had an outstanding vision for the set, which was comprised of the floor and walls looking like wood and having pieces of paper attached to them almost everywhere. Additionally, there was a giant spiral at the center of the stage that also had papers hanging off of it and the spiral would spin at certain points of the opera. It was an interesting process attaching the pieces of paper everywhere, but in the end, I enjoyed every step of creating the set with the other shop people.