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Lora Powell

Stage Management Faculty


Lora K. Powell received her BA (double major, Theatre and Political Science) from the University of Kansas. She began her theatrical career assistant stage managing summer stock at Music Theatre of Wichita and in the regional setting of South Coast Repertory. Subsequently Ms. Powell spent five seasons as the resident Production Stage Manager at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ before “The Wizard of Oz” (starring Roseanne) took her to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in NYC. On Broadway she worked on “Annie,” “The Life,” “Chicago” and “Annie Get Your Gun” (starring Bernadette Peters) before relocating to Southern California in 2000. Her Los Angeles area stage management credits include “The Lion King,” “The Producers” (starring Jason Alexander & Martin Short) and “Wicked” at the Pantages Theatre as well as “Follies,” “Seminar,” “Backbeat,” “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Harmony,” “Blithe Spirit,” “An Act of God” (starring Sean Hayes) and “Amélie” at the Ahmanson. She also served as the Production Stage Manager of “Aladdin a Musical Spectacular” at the Disneyland Resort for three years and has toured the US and Canada with both “Wicked” and “Blithe Spirit” (starring Angela Lansbury). Recently she returned to South Coast Repertory to stage manage both “The Monster Builder” and “Shrew!” by playwright Amy Freed. Professor Powell has also guest lectured extensively, has taught stage management to the incoming classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and has previously served as a guest instructor at both UC Irvine and our campus.


BA in Theatre and Political Science, University of Kansas


Galbraith Hall 230


Office Hours

Wed. 10am - 12pm