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2022 BFA Technical Theatre & Stage Management Jessie McGuigan
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Jessie McGuigan

About Jessie

Jessie is an emerging Stage Manager focusing her work primarily in musical theatre and dance. Her love for theatre began when she was very young, and she hopes to spend her whole career within the performing arts. Throughout her time at NIDA, Jessie has worked on developing her stage management skills and has been a part of a variety of productions that she believes have helped shape her as a practitioner.

Since finishing her studies, she has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager on ‘Not Now, Not Ever – Live onstage with Julia Gillard’ (Michael Cassel Group); ‘The Wedding Singer’ (David Venn Enterprises); and the ‘Newcombe Medal 2022’ (SKP Events).

She is grateful for all the opportunities and knowledge that both NIDA and her various secondments in some of Australia’s biggest shows have provided her and looks forward to working in a field that brings her so much joy every day.

NIDA Productions

Floor Manager/Production Coordinator
Victorian State School Spectacular 2022

Sound Designer
Blood Wedding

Stage Manager
Too Human (Festival of Emerging Artists 2021)

Assistant Stage Manager
Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Carnival

Head Electrician
Eat Me (NIDA and STC collaboration)

Production Manager
NIDA Welcome Event 2021

Stage Manager
carus (Festival of Emerging Artists 2020)

Technical Assistant

Assistant Stage Manager
Ghost Lights (Digital Theatre Festival)

Other Productions

Assistant Talent Supervisor / Assistant Stage Manager
Newcombe Medal 2022 (SKP Events)

Stage Manager
The Nutcracker (The National Theatre Ballet School)

Assistant Stage Manager
Not Now, Not Ever – Live with Julia Gillard (Michael Cassel Group)

Assistant Stage Manager
The Wedding Singer (NZ Tour) (David Venn Enterprises)

Stage Manager
Snow White (The National Theatre Ballet School)

Rehearsal AV Technician
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (CVP)


Stage Management Secondment
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Michael Cassel Group)

Stage Management Secondment
Cinderella (Crossroads Live, Opera Australia)

Stage Management Secondment
Phantom of the Opera (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Opera Australia)

Stage Management Secondment
An American in Paris (GWB Entertainment)

Stage Management Secondment
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Global Creatures)