My name is Shannah Harris and in May 2021 I will graduate from Fordham University Lincoln Center studying Theatre Design and Production with a concentration in Stage Management. During these past few years I’ve completed two development internships at independent television and film production companies (Muse Entertainment USA and Pretty Matches Productions) and one at a multidisciplinary talent agency, Cornerstone Talent. From my time at these internships, I’ve learned a great deal about what makes a story worth telling. I read scripts and wrote coverage, noting whether or not I thought the script would be a good fit for the company. From my casting internship, I have become familiar with casting sites such as Breakdown Express and CastIt Networks. I also learned how to handle phone calls and provide administrative support.
During my first three years at Fordham, I stage managed several shows a year, concentrating on managing new musicals written by the playwriting students which are entirely student produced, designed, and directed. For the 2020-2021 season I had the opportunity to stage manage two mainstage shows which were 100% streamed, which gave me the opportunity to expand my technology skills significantly. The skills that I have learned as a Stage Manager at Fordham, such as scheduling, multitasking, attention to detail, communication, and overseeing crews and talent, have transferred well into my internships across the entertainment industry.
I want to work in the entertainment because I believe in the power that stories have to shape the world. The content that we experience influences who we are, and I want to have a hand in creating that content. I am interested primarily in TV and Film Production because I feel that it is the perfect way to marry my skills as a stage manager with my desire to work in film and television. I love the community that is brought about by working on a project, and am excited to find my way onto a set in any capacity. I am extremely well organized, responsible, and ready and eager for full time work.