Work Light Productions is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. From touring productions of Tony Award® winning musicals, to original concert and theatrical work, our critically acclaimed productions reach tens of thousands of theater lovers each year. We are honored to collaborate with world-class creative professionals whose artistry inspires each and every production.
Stephen Gabriel founded Work Light Productions in 2008, after 4 years creating and developing new works for young audiences. The company has since grown into an industry leading producing and general management company. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, having spent over a decade as a working musician, followed by a successful career as a booking agent with The Booking Group and Columbia Artists Management. Steve holds the title of President and Executive Producer.
Rhys has technically supervised every show that Work Light has ever produced – from the very first Broadway Junior show, to Avenue Q and American Idiot, through today and the exciting roster of shows the company is producing this year. Rhys is based in Charleston, SC where he has worked at Spoleto Festival USA for over 30 years and is currently the Festival’s Director of Production. In the early years of Work Light (and before), Rhys did some cool things like being the Assistant Production Manager on the original Broadway productions of Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, working for over 20 years with Lee Breuer on shows including Peter and Wendy and Mabou Mines Dollhouse, and through his company, Technical Theater Solutions, installing shows on all of the Disney Cruise Line ships. Rhys is a proud member of IATSE local #645. In his personal life he is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, loves cooking dinner for his family, and when time allows plays basketball with other old men and works on trying to earn his 2nd degree black belt in Karate.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the Hartt School/University of Hartford, Nancy entered the music management business at IMG Artists, where she worked as a booking agent, artist manager and finally Senior VP & Director of the Dance Division. After earning her Master of Public Administration degree from New York University and spending nearly two decades in artist management, she moved into the world of commercial theater when she joined her husband and business partner, Steve Gabriel, in founding Work Light Productions in 2008. As Vice President & Producer, Nancy has co-produced all of WLP’s tours and manages the company’s finances, administration & HR. Her proudest productions are her 3 children, Amanda, James and Lillian.
Mackenzie attended the College of Charleston where she graduated with a B.A. in Arts Management and a minor in Theatre. Seeking an adventure, she moved to Chicago where she worked at Broadway In Chicago (BIC) in the production department and assisted with all tours and shows in the Oriental Theatre, Palace Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, and the Broadway Playhouse. In 2013 Mackenzie returned to warm, sunny Charleston, SC to begin working with Rhys Williams’ company Technical Theatre Solutions and worked on shows such as American Idiot, MAMMA MIA!, and Nice Work if You Can Get It. After taking a brief hiatus from the theatre world to act as Production Manager for a local A/V company, Mackenzie is glad to be back and joined the Work Light Productions team in spring of 2016.
Anièle joined Work Light Productions in 2012 after beginning her career in commercial theatre in Toronto where she worked on the Canadian productions of Jersey Boys and The Toxic Avenger among many others. At WLP she has had the pleasure to serve as part of the General Management team on RENT, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, and American Idiot. A graduate of McGill University, she is a certified yoga instructor and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her family.
Suzanne comes to Work Light Productionsfrom Spoleto Festival USA where she supported the Festival as its Production Office Manager for over 15 years. On behalf of Spoleto, Suzanne managed the renovation and first four years of operation of the historic Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, South Carolina. A member of ATPAM, she has been a Company Manager for Broadway and touring companies of Les Miserables, Fosse, Disney’s Aida and Beauty and the Beast. She has logged over 300 weeks on the road, humiliating bus drivers worldwide with her ability to stuff more luggage under a bus than they can.
Scott started his career in theatre as a professional actor/singer/dancer, performing all over the United States and the world, from Anchorage to Austria, St. Louis to Siberia. He tour jeté-ed to the other side of the table in 2005, serving as Manager of Education and Outreach for American Musical Theatre of San Jose, where he was solely in charge of 13 dynamic programs for kids, students, and adults. He is a graduate of James Madison University (earning a B.S. in Psychology) and the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14 – Week Producing Program.
Tom’s entrance into the business was through the 2010 Spoleto Festival USA, where he met Rhys Williams and subsequently worked for Technical Theater Solutions on numerous Disney cruise ship projects. He started touring in various technical positions with Work Light Productions’ shows beginning with American Idiot, and then continuing with Nice Work If You Can Get It and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Tom served as Production Carpenter for the First National Tour of Something Rotten! before joining the WLP team full-time as Associate Production Manager in 2017.
Kevin graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and began his career in theatre as a performer on Broadway and National Tours. His most notable credits include A Tale of Two Cities, Mamma Mia! and Grease: You’re the One that I Want. Following several years as an actor, Kevin shifted gears and became Account Executive at the ABC and FOX afilliate in his hometown, Rochester, NY. It was during that time that he was hired as the Program Director at RAPA, a non-profit theatre where he also served on the Board. Looking for the next step, he returned to NYC where he assisted Tim Marshall and Danielle Quinoa at Stewart Talent. Kevin joined the Work Light team in the fall of 2015.
Rossella is excited to be a part of the Work Light Production family. She previously toured with their production of Mamma Mia! from 2013-2015 as Head Wardrobe. She obtained her B.F.A. in Costume Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Past experiences include, the International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, milliner for the Lyric’s Showboat and wig runner at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, for both Carmen and Macbeth. She has headed wardrobe for shows at Northwestern University, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Thanks to my wonderful husband for his love and support.
Coglan began his second life emigrating from the U.K. in 2001 leaving behind a career in finance, to work in Company and General Management with Williamstown Theatre Festival, N.Y.S.A.F. and Bard Summerscape. Transitioning out of Festival work, he has been General Manager for one of New York’s Off-Broadway companies, Transport Group, and has also toured for 6 years in both America and Asia encountering the good, the bad and the fantastic! A graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Management, he is pleased to be continuing to follow his theatrical dream joining the WLP family in 2017.
Carolyn Clark Smith Contracts Manager/Special Projects Phone:718-637-4324 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Clark Smith
Contracts Manager/Special Projects
Carolyn joined the Work Light Productions team in 2013 after emerging from 4 fantastic years of being a stay at home mom, raising her young son EJ and keeping husband Jon honest. Professionally, for nearly a decade she was the sole General Manager/Associate Producer for Big League Theatricals in NYC, overseeing touring productions (Peter Pan, Footloose, Titanic, The Music Man, Blast!, Blast II “Shockwave”, Miss Saigon, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy and Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida) throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. Previously she was the Managing Director for The SITI Company, a Booking Agent for The Booking Group (under the direction of Stephen Gabriel), an Associate in International Touring at ICM Artists, and a player in the NYC downtown theatre scene. Carolyn is a Musical Theatre graduate of the Boston Conservatory with concentrations in vocal jazz and opera.
Born and raised in Rockville, MD., Courtney fell in love with theatre at a very young age. Her passion continued to grow throughout college where she earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in both Theatre and English, with a minor in Education as a Social Science. During her time at RU, she was the Artistic Director of Cabaret Theatre and the Special Events Coordinator. After college, Courtney worked at American Repertory Ballet as the organization’s Development Associate. Some of her favorite directing credits include; Avenue Q, [title of show], Honour and August: Osage County to name a few. She joined the Work Light family in February 2017.
A Jersey girl born and raised, Emily has loved theatre since she was cast as Annie in the second grade and realized that people will applaud you for playing pretend. She followed her passion and went to Drew University where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and History with a minor in European Studies. She also studied Shakespeare internationally at Heythrop College in London. After graduating, she worked at the Pearl Theatre Company as an Assistant to the Dramaturg and Assistant Box Office Manager, and at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as Assistant Box Office Manager and House Manager. She has also taught Dramaturgy at a Performing Arts High School.