Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre Production Beverly Jenkins, B.F.A., hosted two stage management masterclasses for theatre design and production students and alumni on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 5. For the first masterclass, Jenkins discussed the process of a stage manager joining a show that is already running (as often happens on Broadway), and for the second masterclass, she shared what happens when a show is nominated for an award like the Tony’s.
Jenkins has been a professional stage manager for more than 30 years. She is currently the production stage manager for the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Hadestown.”
Having stage managed many Broadway shows, her credits include “A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” “Fully Committed,” “Amazing Grace,” “Living On Love,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “Machinal,” “Godspell,” “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “In the Heights,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Avenue Q,” “Aida,” “Sweet Charity,” “Oklahoma!,” “The Lion King,” “Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk,” and “Miss Saigon,” along with numerous other productions. She has worked with Roundabout Theatre Company on “Bad Jews” and “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” and at Paper Mill Playhouse for the regional run of “A Bronx Tale.”
During her career in theatre management, Jenkins has been production supervisor for “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and “A Bronx Tale,” company manager at the Negro Ensemble Company, and executive assistant at Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop. When she served as producer for the AUDELCO Awards, she had the pleasure of working closely with the organization’s founder, Vivian E. Robinson. She toured Europe with Jubilation! Dance Company and has managed numerous special events and benefits. Jenkins has served as executive director of the Black Rock Coalition and lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. She is on the board of trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
As a personal manager, she spearheaded the career of musician Meshell Ndegeocello and in her work with the Black Rock Coalition, partnered with producers in Italy to bring the first Black Rock Festival to the city of Bari. Jenkins studied arts administration at Howard University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.