Production Stage Manager Joseph Drummond presides over rehearsal for DISGRACED at the Goodman. Photo: Liz Lauren
Joseph Drummond is hanging up his stopwatch after completing his 42nd season at the Goodman Theatre with the closing of 2666. His credits include 133 Goodman productions, among them The Iceman Cometh (also at BAM) Death of a Salesman (also on Broadway in 1999 and at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles), and Glengarry Glen Ross (Chicago and Broadway) and 12 productions of A Christmas Carol. He was the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement after 25 years of stage management at the Goodman and the 2011 Del Hughes Award given by the Stage Managers’ Association.
Robert Falls (Goodman’s Artistic Director since 1986) says “Joe has been an invaluable asset to the Goodman for many decades. His undeniable talent and unique charm improved the day-to-day lives of our staff and left an indelible mark on the hundreds of artists who had the pleasure of sharing a project with him and the thousands of audience members who witnessed the magic he helped bring to life on stage. Joe defines the term “one of a kind,” and anyone who has worked with him knows exactly what I mean by that.”
As for Joe, he’s “so grateful to Roche Schulfer and Bob Falls for the opportunity to hone my stage management skills along side so many talented staff members and artists.” His advice to stage managers: “Always carry a fork, you never know when you might encounter a chocolate cake.”