GABE SIMPSON

 
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ABOUT ME

Contributing To Art I Believe In

I grew up in the wings of the stage so the arts have always been a part of my identity. I started my experience as a technician by volunteering with local dance studios during high school. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I took the opportunity to study the arts I love through an interdisciplinary, academic approach, as well as work as a stage manager professionally.
My objective is to contribute to meaningful art and ensure its efficacy.

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Learning and Living

August 2013 - June 2017

IB DIPLOMA, CEDAR RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

I completed high school with a diploma from the International Baccalaureate program. The focus of my extended essay was the representations of the dead lesbian trope in three different television series.

August 2017 - May 2021

B.A. GLOBAL STUDIES, B.A. HORROR STUDIES, SEXUALITY STUDIES MINOR, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

I am a Global Studies major with a concentration in Latin America, and in Culture and Art. I focus especially on the Maya region and indigenous leftist activism.
I created my major in Horror Studies through the Interdisciplinary Studies major. Through this major, I am studying the origins of the horror genre in politics, psychology, folklore, religion, and culture. I am also studying the content of works in the horror genre in the fields of film, art, literature, theater, and music.

 

EXPERIENCE

What I’ve Done

TECHNICIAN, CAROLINA PERFORMING ARTS

September 2017 - Current

Carolina Performing Arts is a department of the University of North Carolina whose mission is to curate and present exceptional arts experiences that inspire and provoke the UNC community and beyond and celebrate the intrinsic value of the creative process.
CPA presents events from local to international artists and speakers.

STAGE MANAGER. TRIANGLE YOUTH BALLET

December 2015 - October 2019

Volunteered as a stage manager and worked as a theater technician for various shows for Triangle Youth Ballet. Operated basic light and sound boards, pulled in scenery, helped clean stage and theater, kept track of props and performers, followed director's or head stage manager’s instructions, and responded quickly to problems and changes.

VOLUNTEER, TO THE POINTE

2014 - 2019, Various Dates

Teaching Assistant for a dance class. Camp counselor. Stagehand. Stage manager. Light technician. Audio technician.

 

PROFICIENCIES

Knowledge & Expertise

STAGE MANAGEMENT

As a stage manager, I oversee the entire show from rehearsal to curtain. I call cues for artists, light operators, audio operators, video operators, fly-rail operators, and all other stagehands.

AUDIO TECHNICIAN

As an audio technician, I create cue programs of audio files necessary for the show. I also mix the audio feeds live during performances including live music acts.

STAGEHAND

As a stagehand, I assist with the crews set up and strike of performances. This includes building stage elements, focusing lights, laying cable, and patching audio. During performances, I assist with whatever the stage manager and the artist need. This includes setting props and set elements, getting chairs or water or towels for artists, and setting up mics for artists among other things.

 
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A BRIEF LIST OF SOME ARTISTS I HAVE WORKED WITH

  • Steep Canyon Rangers

  • Audra McDonald

  • Misty Copeland

  • The Martha Graham Dance Company

  • The Carolina Ballet

  • Nederlands Dans Theater

  • Tierra Whack

  • Big Dance Theater

  • Rosas (Rosas Danst Rosas)

  • The North Carolina Symphony

  • Chris Thile

  • Boots Riley and The Coup

  • TEDx

  • Robin Frohardt

  • Bassam Youssef

  • Toshi Reagon

  • Abigail Washburn

 

CONTACT

 

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