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The Production Advisory Group helps to plan and produce performances in designated venues across campus.

This group brings together specialists across disciplines and departments. This breadth of knowledge and experience is available to the entire campus for consultation, advice, and event support from student technicians, to help make your performance a success. We can help you ask the right questions to make sure your performance is planned for the most ideal space, safely and smoothly, within your allocated budget.

  • In addition, PAG can supply trained student technicians to provide hands-on lighting or sound support during your event. We do not currently supply videographers.

How do I get started?

  • At least SEVEN days before your event, reserve a space through the Department of Events Management office: go/scheduling
  • At that time, you can request PAG support for your event, and it is automatically forwarded to PAG. If yours is a recurring or simple event, we can usually take it from there!
  • If you do not reserve your space through Events Management, PAG will NOT receive your support request automatically.
  • Depending on the complexity of the event, you may be contacted with further questions. 
  • We must receive your request SEVEN days in advance to be able to provide support.
  • Due to high demand, to receive support for ANY event after Spring Break, we must receive your request BEFORE Spring Break.

Meanwhile, we'll try to anticipate some questions you may have about this process, and answer them below. Please feel free to send any additional questions or comments to

Who is the Production Advisory Group?

The Production Advisory Group (PAG), chaired by the Director of the Arts, is charged with making our extensive expertise in theatrical production more easily available to the entire campus. We will work together with existing planning resources such as the Office of Events Management, Student Activities, or CAPP; using established procedures and space use policies to achieve this goal. The Committee includes:

  • Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts
  • Lisa Ayers, Director of Events Management
  • Mark Christensen, MCFA Technical Manager
  • Charlie Conway, Media Services Specialist II
  • Mark Evancho, Professor of Theatre
  • Tammy Grant, Student Events Specialist
  • Sam Hurlburt, Student Activities Tech Fellow
  • David Kloepfer, Assistant Director of Programming and Events for Student Activites
  • Ethan Murphy, Media Production Specialist for Film and Media Culture
  • Jennifer Ponder, Lighting Designer/Technical Director for Dance
  • Allison Rimmer, Technical Director for Theatre
What type of event can this group help me plan?

The Production Advisory Group is designed to facilitate a variety of live performances that require lighting and sound support. Some examples include theatre, dance, live music, multi-media performance artists, and cross-disciplinary performance forms. Check this page for lots of planning resources.

PAG supports curricular and co-curricular performances.

Media Services supports non-performance events in many of the same venues. When you reserve your space through Events Management, that office will direct your request to the appropriate area.


What is a designated venue?

A designated venue is one that has been successfully used for a performance in the past and does not have permanent associated staff member support. Examples include: Mead Chapel, Chateau Theatre, the Bunker, the Gamut Room, Battell Beach, and the Abernethy Room.

PAG has surveyed these venues and created a database of available equipment, size, capacity, limitations, and best use for each of these spaces. This is refelected on Resource 25. When Events Management helps decide which venue is best for your performance, this database will guide that process.

What kind of help can I expect from PAG?


PAG can help in a variety of ways, throughout the planning process, from inspired idea through production and including the performance itself. Planning a successful performance doesn’t happen overnight!

Depending on the scale of your proposed performance, PAG can help with venue and date selection, review of contracts and technical riders for guest artists, determining staffing and equipment needs, estimating production costs, and make suggestions for remaining on budget and on schedule for your performance. In addition, PAG can supply trained student technicians to provide hands-on support during your event.

Making performances happen is what we do everyday—you do not have to become a technical director or Broadway producer to have a great performance—we can help!


Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax