Melissa Caolo (AR 752 – Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Commercial Performing Arts) is currently Managing Director for Camp Broadway, LLC based in New York City. Currently celebrating 25 years as Broadway’s original destination for theater-loving kids offering signature musical theater and special event programming in New York City and 10 partner cities throughout the United States as well as collaborations with international partners in Honduras, Portugal, China and Korea. She oversees all administrative and creative staff as well as managing and implementing operations for programming and events in all locations. Previously she served as Production Manager for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment where she oversaw the company’s booking and presentation of Broadway shows throughout China including the 10-city tour of AIDA (2008), FAME: The Musical (2009) and LUMA (2009). She led the development of the inaugural session of the Cultural Trade and Industry Exchange Program; a training session for Chinese arts managers and cultural government officials in the best practices of commercial theater in the United States. Melissa toured extensively in the United States and throughout the world as a Stage Manager and Production Manager for several major American dance companies including New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Baryshnikov Productions, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Boston Ballet among others. Theater credits include Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center Festival and North Shore Music Theater. She has enjoyed the opportunity to share this experience through her work in colleges and universities. Most recently she has joined the faculty at Boston University’s MET College as Program Coordinator and Lecturer as part of an advanced certificate in Performing Arts Enterprise for Arts Administration graduate students. Other academic credits include her service as Industry Coordinator at The New York Institute of Technology’s master’s degree program; Leadership in Arts and Entertainment.where she contributed to curriculum connecting students to the leaders in theater, dance and music in New York City. For six years she served as Technical Director for the Dance Department at Sarah Lawrence College where she taught stage management to under-graduate and graduate students. In her fifth year of service she was given a citation from the president’s office for special contribution to the dance department. She has also been invited to be a guest speaker at Yale University and Columbia University to address stage management students. Additionally, she served as General Manager for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Booking Manager for Pentacle, Danceworks Inc. (an arts service organization), Managing Producer for Shen Wei Dance Arts as well as Production Consultant for Morphoses: The Wheeldon Company. Melissa is a proud alumni of Emerson College, Boston, MA graduating with a BFA in Production Management.
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