Theatre Production Degree Equips Alumnus with Skills to Thrive in New York's Live Entertainment Industry Alumni Profile
Meet Tyler Matylewicz
- Job Title & Employer
- Production Coordinator, productionglue
- Theatre Production (stage-management)
- December 2016
- Agoura Hills, Calif.
- High School
- Agoura High School
- Now Living In
- Manhattan, N.Y.
- Hobbies & Interests
- Yoga, cooking and sleeping
"There are learned skills and innate characteristics we all bring to the workplace. And if we are lucky, what’s in us enhances what we learn. While the events we produce may not be theater, we do treat every event like a show and Tyler constantly brings the precision of stage-management to the imprecise science that is experiential marketing."
"The faculty and staff at the Pittsburgh Playhouse truly shaped the person I am today. Kim Martin and Alicia DiGiorgi guided me through my years at Point Park, helping fine tune my stage-management skills at every step of the way. The personal relationship and investment these two had in my career and life made it possible to be where I am today."
"When we first met Tyler after he graduated from Point Park, it was already clear that his stage-management training had prepared him with organizational skills, an attention to detail and the ability to collaborate with others on a team – all of which are crucial to the production of live events."– Jack Hilley, senior technical producer, productionglue
Briefly highlight your career path since graduating from Point Park University.
When I was a sophomore, I was lucky enough to land an internship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a summer stock festival based out of New York City that's known for transferring its productions to Broadway. After one summer there as a stage-management intern, I returned for the next two summers, eventually graduating to a production coordinator, producing their COMMUNITY WORKS shows in the Berkshires. I met so many wonderful leaders in the industry during my three years at Williamstown, who took me under their wings and helped connect me with job opportunities in NYC.
After graduating, I moved to New York, worked off-Broadway and was freelancing as a stage-manager until I worked the New York International Auto Show with productionglue. Everything changed for me after that, because I really felt a passion for live events, as it was a world I truly never knew existed, especially for a stage-manager. I've been in a full-time position with them since.
Tell us about the work you do as a production coordinator?
Often times when I am assigned a project, I will function as a show producer and stage-manager. Essentially, I work back with our clients to develop the flow, feel, design and cadence of the show, and then I will jump on headset as a show caller to actually run the programming, calling cues and making sure the show flows appropriately. In events, a show can be anything from a concert, award show, product press release, Q&A panel, or a live broadcast; so it's fun to get to dabble in a variety of different live events as a show producer and stage-manager because every client is different, so each individual event requires it's own specific attention to detail.
In what ways has your college experience prepared you for this job?
The faculty and staff at the Pittsburgh Playhouse truly shaped the person I am today. Kim Martin and Alicia DiGiorgi guided me through my years at Point Park, helping fine tune my stage-management skills at every step of the way. The personal relationship and investment these two had in my career and life made it possible to be where I am today.
What advice do you have for prospective Conservatory of Performing Arts students?
Keep an open mind in everything that you do and trust in yourself. As stage-management students specifically, you will be assigned one or two projects each year, and I find it best to have an open mind about which projects you are assigned to, as a variety of different experiences will not only make you a stronger stage-manager and individual, but a better qualified candidate for a stage-management career outside of theatre. Your career both in school and outside of it, is purely dependent on your attitude, outlook on life and experiences learned; so soak up as much as you can during your time at Point Park. The program offers you an extremely wide variety of opportunities that will prepare you for anything.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Always dare to fail. Every mistake made is a learning experience that will only make you stronger in life.