Five Questions Friday

Today we’re featuring Edward Coffield, Production Manager at The Rep!!

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Edward Coffield is starting his 25th  season  as  the Production Manager for The Rep.  Additionally Edward is the Associate Artistic Director for The New Jewish Theatre. Edward loves working in St. Louis as a Director and Producer.  He lives with his cats Barnaby and Cornelius. 

Q: What was your first experience in theatre?

A: My brother Philip and I played twin rabbits in a production of Winne the Pooh when we were 5 years old.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Listen.

Don’t dwell on mistakes (directing, casting, and producing) from the past – you gain nothing but wasted time.

Be as objective about your work as you can be.

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.

A: There are so many. The opening night of Into the Woods at The Rep, Jack’s entrance from seeing the giant was to rappel on stage from the clouds.  He tossed the line and as it dropped I saw it knot on itself. He slid down and hit the knot and was stuck about 11’ above the stage floor. Ultimately we had to send the ASM on stage with a ladder to rescue him.   Then there was the time, I had to take care of a live goat for 6 weeks for The Rep’s production of Mister Roberts. Well, that’s another story.

Q: What is your dream role?

A: I am not an actor.  I would love to play Man in Chair from The Drowsy Chaperone.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?

A: TURN, Washington Spies and Stranger Things

Thank you Edward!! Join The Rep in celebrating their 50th Season next year!


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Grace Austin is an STL area educator and director. See her work at gracemaustin.com


***Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of THE SCENE SHOP.


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