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Rusty Cloyes teaches theatre technology and management at the University of Texas at Austin, is the technical director for the American Ensemble Theatre, a company that combines live music, dance, and theatre, and annually stage manages for SXSW, an international live music conference. Acts on Rusty’s SXSW stage have included Ice Cube, Jakob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Fitz and the Tantrums. Before coming to Austin, Rusty was an associate production manager at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, MA. While with ART, Rusty was the production manager for the Institute of Advanced Theatre Training and for the Zero Arrow Theatre, ART's second space, giving him the opportunity to work with up and coming artists and exciting cutting edge companies. Prior to ART, Rusty served as the assistant production manager at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, a historic 4500 seat theatre presenting entertainment acts from Broadway tours to musical concerts and everything in between.
Before turning to production management, Rusty was a professional stage manager in Seattle for 10 years, starting with the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1991 and continuing with various Seattle companies including: the Seattle Children's Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Village Theatre, and the Seattle Shakespeare Company. During that time, he also toured nationally and internationally, holding the title of everything from properties master to audio engineer to tour manager, with a band of comedic jugglers called the Flying Karamazov Brothers.
Current areas of study are scenic automation, for which Rusty recently attended elite training in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil and Stage Technologies, and the development of technical theatre training for Latin American students. Last year, Rusty was awarded travel and research grants from USITT and the American Embassy in Columbia to travel to Colombia, South America to teach high school and college age students about lighting and sound design and technology.
Rusty received his M.F.A. in Theatre Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
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