Cynthia E. Poulson

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DOB: 3/19/1948 Location: Wadena, MN
DOD: 6/27/2006 Location: Milwaukee, WI




  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, BA in English (1970)

Employment History:

  • Teacher, Dawson County High School, Glendive, MT (1970-1971)
  • Personnel Manager, Manpower Temporary Services, Fargo, ND (1971-1975)
  • Freelance Stage Manager/Theatre Technician, New York, NY (1975-1980)
  • Box Office Manager, Pocono Playhouse, Mountainhome, PA (summers) (1977-1979)
  • Stage Manager, Pocono Playhouse, Mountainhome, PA (summers) (1980-1982)
  • Stage Manager, Syracuse Stage, NY (1980-1984)
  • Production Stage Manager, Syracuse Stage/Syracuse University Drama Department, NY (1984-1987)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Syracuse University, NY (1983-1987)
  • Production Stage Manager, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, WI (1987-1990)
  • Associate Professor/Head of Stage Management, Professional Theatre Training Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1991-2006)


  • Co-Researcher & Co-Author (with Travis DeCastro and Rachel Durkin) of the Survey: “Stage Management Education in USITT Member Colleges and Universities”
    • Report on Methodology presented USITT Conference Las Vegas (1995)
    • Report on Curricula and Syllabi presented Ft. Worth Conference (1996)
    • Report on Curricular Guidelines and Outcomes presented Pittsburgh (1997)

USITT involvement and offices held:

  • Programming Presenter and Mentor for the Stage Management Mentoring Program
  • Vice –Commissioner/Education, Management Commission
  • Vice-Chair for Programming, Midwest Section (1995-1997)
  • Board of Directors

Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (Posthumously, 2011)
  • USITT Distinguished Achievement in Theatre Management Award (Posthumously, 2008)
  • Namesake (Posthumously), The Cynthia Poulson Memorial Theatre Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Theatre