In September 2002, I took my first improv class at UCB. Months later, in March of 2003, I became an intern the same day we opened the 26th St theater. A couple months later, I became a tech intern. For the rest of 2003, I was both a tech intern and a theater intern. At some point, I ended up teching two nights a week.
I worked odd jobs, mostly off of craigslist. I did whatever I could to pay rent and feed myself. By the beginning of 2004, I was running out of savings and didn’t have much lined up. I was thinking I might have to move back to my parents’ house in CT. My lease was going to end May 1st.
Spoiler: I didn’t move to Connecticut.
I was offered a job at UCB as the Head Tech. I became the first person at UCB to be paid by the theatre to tech. I got to pick the tech interns, and eventually got to pick other people to be paid. I left teching in order to house manager in 2008, and came back to teching in 2011. A year later I became in charge of both NYC theatres’ tech people and came up with the title Technical Director.
I want to thank Alex Sidtis for giving me a chance and letting me earn a living and stay in NYC. I want to thank Brian Waddell for training me and putting up with me. Thanks to Owen Burke, Anthony King, and Nate Dern for giving me awesome shows to tech. Thanks to Matt, Matt, Amy, and Ian keeping all of our dreams alive. Thanks to Chuck Dauble for being my friend and cohort and soundboard. Thanks to Billy Merritt and Kevin Mullaney for being my favorite improv teachers and mentors.
Thanks to Jennifer Bartels, Chelsea Clarke, Fran Gillespie, Tricia McAlpin, Amber Petty, Craig Rowin, Mike Still, Sean Clements, Brian Berrebbi, Devlyn Corrigan, Paul Downs, Violet Krumbein, Joe Spellman, and Achilles Stamatelaky. Being on Harold Night for two years was a dream come true.
Thanks to Charlie Todd for asking me to be UCBW’s first referee, and thanks to Zach Linder for asking me to become a producer.
Thanks to every tech intern, every paid tech, every volunteer at DCM. I’ll always be the self-proclaimed face of this department, but you all keep it going. Thanks to all the managers, bartenders, intern coordinators (Eli, Rachael, Claire), and interns.
Thanks to the hundreds of people who have performed thousands of hours of improv, sketch, stand up, and storytelling with me in the booth. Thank you for taking my input, thank you for listening to me when I had to be the bad guy. Thank you for letting me black you out, give you the light, and hit every light and sound cue as best as I can.
I’ve been a UCB Employee for 10 years. I don’t have much more to say.
People are drawn to the UCB Theatre by the stars, but people like Pat Baer are the dark matter that holds the universe together.