Work Light Productions is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. From touring productions of Tony Award® winning musicals, to original concert and theatrical work, our critically acclaimed productions reach tens of thousands of theater lovers each year. We are honored to collaborate with world-class creative professionals whose artistry inspires each and every production.
Stephen Gabriel founded Work Light Productions in 2008, after 4 years creating and developing new works for young audiences. The company has since grown into an industry leading producing and general management company. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, having spent over a decade as a working musician, followed by a successful career as a booking agent with The Booking Group and Columbia Artists Management. Steve holds the title of President and Executive Producer.
Rhys has technically supervised every show that Work Light has ever produced – from the very first Broadway Junior show, to Avenue Q and American Idiot, through today and the exciting roster of shows the company is producing this year. Rhys is based in Charleston, SC where he has worked at Spoleto Festival USA for over 30 years and is currently the Festival’s Director of Production. In the early years of Work Light (and before), Rhys did some cool things like being the Assistant Production Manager on the original Broadway productions of Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, working for over 20 years with Lee Breuer on shows including Peter and Wendy and Mabou Mines Dollhouse, and through his company, Technical Theater Solutions, installing shows on all of the Disney Cruise Line ships. Rhys is a proud member of IATSE local #645. In his personal life he is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, loves cooking dinner for his family, and when time allows plays basketball with other old men and works on trying to earn his 2nd degree black belt in Karate.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from the Hartt School/University of Hartford, Nancy entered the music management business at IMG Artists, where she worked as a booking agent, artist manager and finally Senior VP & Director of the Dance Division. After earning her Master of Public Administration degree from New York University and spending nearly two decades in artist management, she moved into the world of commercial theater when she joined her husband and business partner, Steve Gabriel, in founding Work Light Productions in 2008. As Vice President & Producer, Nancy has co-produced all of WLP’s tours and manages the company’s finances, administration & HR. Her proudest productions are her 3 children, Amanda, James and Lillian.
Mackenzie attended the College of Charleston where she graduated with a B.A. in Arts Management and a minor in Theatre. Seeking an adventure, she moved to Chicago where she worked at Broadway In Chicago (BIC) in the production department and assisted with all tours and shows in the Oriental Theatre, Palace Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, and the Broadway Playhouse. In 2013 Mackenzie returned to warm, sunny Charleston, SC to begin working with Rhys Williams’ company Technical Theatre Solutions and worked on shows such as American Idiot, MAMMA MIA!, and Nice Work if You Can Get It. After taking a brief hiatus from the theatre world to act as Production Manager for a local A/V company, Mackenzie is glad to be back and joined the Work Light Productions team in spring of 2016.
Scott started his career in theatre as a professional actor/singer/dancer, performing all over the United States and the world, from Anchorage to Austria, St. Louis to Siberia. He tour jeté-ed to the other side of the table in 2005, serving as Manager of Education and Outreach for American Musical Theatre of San Jose, where he was solely in charge of 13 dynamic programs for kids, students, and adults. He is a graduate of James Madison University (earning a B.S. in Psychology) and the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14 – Week Producing Program.
Tom’s entrance into the business was through the 2010 Spoleto Festival USA, where he met Rhys Williams and subsequently worked for Technical Theater Solutions on numerous Disney cruise ship projects. He started touring in various technical positions with Work Light Productions’ shows beginning with American Idiot, and then continuing with Nice Work If You Can Get It and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Tom served as Production Carpenter for the First National Tour of Something Rotten! before joining the WLP team full-time as Associate Production Manager in 2017.
Anièle joined Work Light Productions in 2012 after beginning her career in commercial theatre in Toronto where she worked on the Canadian productions of Jersey Boys and The Toxic Avenger among many others. At WLP she has had the pleasure to serve as part of the General Management team on RENT, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, and American Idiot. A graduate of McGill University, she is a certified yoga instructor and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her family.
Rossella is excited to be a part of the Work Light Production family. She previously toured with their production of Mamma Mia! from 2013-2015 as Head Wardrobe. She obtained her B.F.A. in Costume Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Past experiences include, the International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, milliner for the Lyric’s Showboat and wig runner at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, for both Carmen and Macbeth. She has headed wardrobe for shows at Northwestern University, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Thanks to my wonderful husband for his love and support.
Kevin graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre and began his career in theatre as a performer on Broadway and National Tours. His most notable credits include A Tale of Two Cities, Mamma Mia! and Grease: You’re the One that I Want. Following several years as an actor, Kevin shifted gears and became Account Executive at the ABC and FOX afilliate in his hometown, Rochester, NY. It was during that time that he was hired as the Program Director at RAPA, a non-profit theatre where he also served on the Board. Looking for the next step, he returned to NYC where he assisted Tim Marshall and Danielle Quinoa at Stewart Talent. Kevin joined the Work Light team in the fall of 2015.
Ilana received her BFA in Stage Management from Webster University in 2015 prior to moving to New York City to complete the Professional Stage Management Internship Program at The Juilliard School. She then went on to be a freelance stage manager and production manager in New York City working with such companies as Tinc Productions, Arts Brookfield, Clubbed Thumb, and Production Glue. Favorite productions/ events include Heartbreak Hotel with Broadway In Chicago, The View UpStairs, Pip’s Island, Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria Launch Party, and The Dodo’s Best Dog Day Ever. Ilana is thrilled to reside in beautiful Charleston and be a part of the WLP team!
Carolyn Clark Smith Contracts Manager/Special Projects Phone:718-637-4324 Email:email@example.com
Carolyn Clark Smith
Contracts Manager/Special Projects
Carolyn joined the Work Light Productions team in 2013 after emerging from 4 fantastic years of being a stay at home mom, raising her young son EJ and keeping husband Jon honest. Professionally, for nearly a decade she was the sole General Manager/Associate Producer for Big League Theatricals in NYC, overseeing touring productions (Peter Pan, Footloose, Titanic, The Music Man, Blast!, Blast II “Shockwave”, Miss Saigon, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy and Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida) throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. Previously she was the Managing Director for The SITI Company, a Booking Agent for The Booking Group (under the direction of Stephen Gabriel), an Associate in International Touring at ICM Artists, and a player in the NYC downtown theatre scene. Carolyn is a Musical Theatre graduate of the Boston Conservatory with concentrations in vocal jazz and opera.
Ryan is pleased to join Work Light Productions full time after just one tour with the company’s White Christmas in 2018. He is a proud product of Philadelphia, PA where he was born, raised, and attended college at Temple University receiving his B.A. in Theater. After schooling, Ryan went on to apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre which led to his Technical Director position for their 2018 international tour of Baskerville. He has served as Master Carpenter for numerous theater companies, most recently Bristol Riverside. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing golf, bartending, and rooting for his favorite sports teams.
Born and raised in Rockville, MD., Courtney fell in love with theatre at a very young age. Her passion continued to grow throughout college where she earned her B.A. from Rutgers University in both Theatre and English, with a minor in Education as a Social Science. During her time at RU, she was the Artistic Director of Cabaret Theatre and the Special Events Coordinator. After college, Courtney worked at American Repertory Ballet as the organization’s Development Associate. Some of her favorite directing credits include; Avenue Q, [title of show], Honour and August: Osage County to name a few. She joined the Work Light family in February 2017.
Owen became a part of the Work Light Productions Team in February of 2019. Originally from Belle Mead, NJ he grew up going to see shows in New York with his family and performed in both school and community productions. Owen was an apprentice at The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, MI where he made his professional acting debut. From there he switched his focus to theatre administration and went on to work for a number of regional theatre companies including McCarter Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Owen graduated from SUNY College at Oneonta in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.
Noelle joined the Work Light Productions team in October 2018. She holds a Master’s in English from Syracuse University. Her academic projects centered on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and her work often investigated theories of performance, identity, and adaptation. While in graduate school, Noelle managed group sales for the Central New York Playhouse. She also had the opportunity to work as a director, producer, and actor at CNYP. In between her years at graduate school, Noelle spent the summer working as a marketing and box office intern for Premiere Stages. She also holds a dual bachelor’s degree in public relations and English & textual studies from Syracuse University.