My name is Maggie Simental. I was a Theatre Arts Major with a concentration in Technical Theatre and I graduated from SSU in 2019.
My main focus in Technical Theatre was Stage Management. I really took on a large role within the department during my time there and became a stage management mentor to students who followed after me. Being a Stage Manager at SSU really helped me develop my leadership and communication skills. I grew close to every single one of my casts that I had the pleasure of working with. It is truly a unique skill to be able to communicate with a large group of people and manage varying personalities, but still instill confidence in them that I was someone they were comfortable coming to if they needed anything. It was very important to me that each individual in my casts felt seen and heard individually. That was the biggest and most important skill I developed and expanded while studying at SSU.
I engaged in an internship with Transcendence Theatre Company and in my last semester of college, I applied to work with Transcendence and got hired part time while I finished out school. Since then I have been working full time with Transcendence as the House Manager during our summer season of Broadway Under the Stars, and additionally I am the Executive Assistant to our Executive Director where I am learning and executing all the ins and outs of the theatre business. I feel very fortunate to have gotten a job in my desired field right out of college and even more fortunate to still have a job in theatre during these unprecedented times.