Chancey Stefanos Reflects on Her Role as Stage Manager

Zara Paul

Senior Chancey Stefanos has cultivated her leadership and organizational skills by taking on the role of stage manager for the past five Upper School musicals and the past four Upper School plays.

Stefanos started acting in third grade, and in seventh grade, her love for 2-dimensional art and painting pulled her into technical theater, often referred as tech theater. Stefanos came to Greenhill in seventh grade and jumped right into the program as soon as she arrived.

“Immediately, I just loved tech theatre as soon as I tried it out,” Stefanos said.

Soon after, Stefanos was asked to stage manage her first Upper School Musical, Cry Baby. Since then, Stefanos has managed a few of the preschool musicals, and the rest of the Upper School Musicals.

The last musical, Big Fish was going to be Stefanos’ ninth Upper School show. Once she graduates, she will end her career having stage-managed ten shows in total.

“Stage management is really just organization and keeping everyone connected and communicating,” she said.

Her duties as a stage manager include writing down and preparing every music change, lighting change, scene change, among other tasks. Stefanos says that she uses a color-coded calendar to plan all the stage events, along with google sheets and a big binder to organize stage orders.

“People think I’m crazy, but my organization techniques make stage managing doable for me,” she said.

Along with being a stage manager, Stefanos is involved in other aspects of Greenhill, such as student council, Advanced Video Production (AVP), the peer mentor program and the hill guide program.

According to freshman Sloan Stagen, Stefanos thrives in everything she does. One thing that stood out was her leadership in AVP.

“She helps guide underclassmen in being successful in everything that they do,” Stagen said.

Freshman Samantha Herrmann says that she has been impressed with the leadership Stefanos has displayed as a manager of “Big Fish”.

“Chancey has always been a really warm figure; she takes the younger members of the theatre under her wing,” Herrmann said. “She’s kept the show together.”

Stefanos has also helped form bonds and connect the upper and underclassmen by scheduling dinners and making sure everyone is included in activities.

“She’s taught me to be nice to everyone, especially people that are younger than me, it can have a huge impact in their lives,” Herrman said.

According to Stefanos, she does not want to continue tech theater in college, but instead pursue political science. Although the productions she’s managed have been a lot of work, she finds value in her peers supporting her.

“I think it’s really important to find your family and community; it makes all the hard things a lot easier,”  Stefanos said.