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, then many more including Avenue Q, American Idiot, Mamma Mia!, and Motown, and now the exciting roster of shows WLP is currently producing including RENT, Ain’t Too Proud and Jesus Christ Superstar. Rhys is based in Charleston, SC where he runs “Work Light South”, the Production arm of WLP. In the early years of Work Light (and before), Rhys did some cool things like working at Spoleto Festival USA for 35 years (including 15 years as the Festival’s Director of Production), being the Assistant Production Manager on the original Broadway productions of Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, working for over 20 years with Lee Breuer on shows including Peter and Wendy and Mabou Mines Dollhouse, and supervising the installation of dozens of shows on Disney Cruise Line ships. Rhys is a proud member of IATSE local #645. In his personal life he is an avid Philadelphia sports fan (Eagles and Sixers), loves cooking dinner for his family, and with the time allowed by the pandemic is working his way to earning his 2nd degree black belt in Kempo karate.
Nancy co-founded Work Light Productions with her business partner & husband, Stephen Gabriel, in 2008 after spending nearly two decades in Artist Management.She has co-produced all of WLP’s shows since its inception, and manages the company’s Finances, Administration and HR. A graduate of the Hartt School/University of Hartford(Piano/Music Management) and New York University (Master of Public Administration),Nancy learned the business at IMG Artists, where she worked as a booking agent, artist manager and finally Senior VP & Director of the Dance Division.She believes that everything she learned from day one of music school through today goes into the incredible job of producing live theater, not the least of which are the lessons she has learned raising her 3 children – her proudest productions.
Mackenzie attended the College of Charleston where she graduated with a B.A. in Arts Management and a minor in Theatre. Post college, she moved to Chicago where she worked at Broadway In Chicago in the production department and assisted with all tours and shows at the Nederlander Theatre, Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, and the Broadway Playhouse. In 2013 Mackenzie moved back to Charleston to work with Rhys Williams’ company Technical Theatre Solutions. There she 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 has loved being back with the Work Light family since 2016.
Anièle joined Work Light Productions in 2012 after beginning her career in commercial theatre in Toronto at Dancap Productions working on the Canadian productions of Jersey Boys and The Toxic Avenger among many others. She was hired as WLP’s Resident Company Manager and served as Company Manager on the national tour of Traces by Les 7 Doigts. She then transitioned to General Management and has had the pleasure to oversee productions of RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, American Idiot, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and the upcoming first national tour of An Officer And A Gentleman. A graduate of McGill University, she is a certified yoga instructor, a musical theatre nerd, and her favorite role to date, a mom.
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.
Tiffany is thrilled to join Work Light Productions full time after being the assistant wardrobe manager for the last year. Originally from North Carolina, Tiffany studied Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University. She has been performing locally in Charleston for the past 8 years and was company manager and assistant to the choreographer and costume designer during her time with them. Although her passion is being on stage, she has always had an interest in costumes and is delighted to be a part of the production side.
Kevin started his journey at Work Light Productions six years ago. He began his career in theatre as a performer on Broadway and National Tours before switching gears in 2013. After working as an Assistant at Stewart Talent, he joined the Work Light team in 2015 and he’s helped Manage 11 productions. In the current season he is currently the General Manager on Ain’t Too Proud and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ryan started at Work Light Productions in late 2018. He joined the production team full time in Charleston, SC after touring with the company’s production of White Christmas. 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. Some of Ryan’s favorite projects that he has been involved with technically are: WLP’s Bandstand, the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Ring Ceremony, Made in America Music Festival, and Shakespeare in Clark Park. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing golf, guiding jet-ski tours, and rooting for all Philly sports teams.
Hunter is pleased to join Work Light Productions full-time after receiving his B.S. in Theatre and Entertainment Technology from Michigan Technological University in 2019. He started with Work Light the prior summer as an intern after completing his time as a Special Projects Carpenter for Spoleto Festival USA. He has served as Technical Director for Pinckney High School, Lakes Elementary, and the show Agnes of God at Michigan Tech. He has spent a lot of time constructing scenery for the Terrorfied Forest, and proudly served as the Operations Coordinator for Sound and Lighting Services. In his free time, Hunter enjoys playing disc golf, hiking, and watching movies.
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 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.
Courtney joined Work Light Productions in 2017 after working in Development at American Repertory Ballet. She was hired as WLP’s General Management Assistant and worked on productions such as; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour, MAMMA MIA!; among others. She is currently the Associate General Manager for the 50th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of RENT, and the First National Tour of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in both Theatre and English. During her time at Rutgers, she was the Artistic Director & Special Events Coordinator of Cabaret Theatre. She is a theatre-obsessed, wine enthusiast, and an organizer of all things.
Andrew was last seen on Broadway drinking a cold brew with a splash of coconut milk. His theatre journey started as a performer, where he traveled and toured for over 12 years from South Florida to Alaska. His relationship with Work Light Productions blossomed when he was cast in their smash hit touring production of MAMMA MIA! Andrew hails from a small town called Wentzville, Missouri and received a BFA in Acting & Directing from Southeast Missouri State University. He is ecstatic to be starting his career on the other side of the table with a production company that has a huge place in his heart. Love to C & J.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Teaneck, N.J. Dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre; Acting at William Esper Studios. Performing with Forces Of Nature, Philadanco, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Dance Theatre, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance; In theatre: Vinnette Carol’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple first national Tour, One Third a Nation; In TV/Film Across the Universe: ‘Lifted’ a Fox searchlight film, Boardwalk Empire, Tormenting the Hen; Rehearsal director: Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (interim on tour). Teaching as a guest artist at multiple schools, colleges, and universities. Site Director at Ailey Camp, Missouri. Associate Artistic Director at Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance: Associate Choreographer for Motown the Musical on Broadway and all U.S. and U.K. tours and productions, choreographer re-stager for the U.K. tour. Associate choreographer on Born For This. Choreographer of First Noel at the Apollo. Co-director of One Harlem Night. Director of While I have the floor. Stage direct Jesus Christ Superstar promotional video. Currently resident director of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations Tour, Associate Director of the Jesus Christ Superstar 50th anniversary tour. As part of Brian’s ongoing passion to see art change lives he is also the director of Work Light Production’s Work Equity Action department.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Noelle had the opportunity to immerse herself in theatrical experiences from a young age. She holds a master’s degree in English from Syracuse University where her academic projects centered on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and often investigated theories of performance, identity, and adaptation. While in graduate school, Noelle managed group sales for the Central New York
Playhouse while also occasionally working as a director 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 in Union, NJ. Noelle initially joined the WLP team from October 2018 to November
2020. During the spring of 2020, she joined the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Conservation Corps as an AmeriCorps Trail Outreach and Education Steward serving primarily in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York. In that position, she was able to actively engage and educate hikers and state park visitors about how to responsibly and sustainably enjoy outdoor spaces and experiences. Noelle rejoined the Work Light family in November of 2021 and is absolutely thrilled to be back!