Narda E. Alcorn is an Associate Arts Professor and Head of Stage Management Training in the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Narda is a freelance stage manager and educator who is committed to training managers within a conservatory setting. Her teaching explores the intersection of management theory with management practice and she investigates how theory influences the way in which managers apply their craft. Narda is a professional stage manager working internationally, regionally, and on Broadway. She has a strong interest in new work and originated the world premiere of George Lewis’s opera, Afterword: The AACM as Opera, in New York, Chicago, The Czech Republic and England. Narda had a long-standing collaboration with the playwright, August Wilson, and managed two Broadway revivals and four original productions of his Century Cycle through their regional development and then to Broadway and Off Broadway. Also on Broadway, Narda worked on The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and the last two revivals of A Raisin in the Sun. Regionally, Narda has stage managed in theatres across the country including La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Huntington Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Narda’s management experience has included stage managing the yearly holiday concert for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serving as associate production manager for The Public Theater. She has travelled with Richard Foreman to Paris and Berlin with his original production, Hotel F--k. In Russia, she managed Lee Breuer’s musical, The Gospel at Colonus, at the Gorky Moscow Art Theatre.
Narda has been an Associate Professor and Head of Stage Management for the Design/Technology Program within the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at SUNY Purchase. Prior to joining NYU, Narda was Associate Professor and Head of Stage Management for The Theatre School at DePaul University. She received DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.