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Ginnie Willard

Maker of Magic
“AKA” Director of Production

As one of the newest members of the SPARC team, Ginnie is responsible for coordinating the technical and production planning for all SPARC programs, productions, and events. These programs include SPARC’s rehearsal and production classes, summer productions, and the LIVE ART concert, among others. Ginnie hails from the Richmond area, where she has been an active contributor to the Richmond theatre community for two decades. Her technical theatre career began at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, where she stage managed for several seasons before joining the staff at Virginia Repertory Theatre.

At Virginia Rep, Ginnie served as Production Stage Manager before moving into the Production Manager position. Ginnie joined the University of Richmond’s Department of Theatre and Dance as an Artist in Residence, where she has taught Acting, Theatre Appreciation, and Stage Management for the past four years. Her extensive technical theatre management career has included theatrical, dance, music, and corporate productions for organizations including K Dance, One Voice Chorus, TEDxRVA, Blue Ridge Theatre Festival, Luther Memorial School, and the Latin Ballet of Virginia. While her primary focus is Production and Stage Management, Ginnie has also worked as a Lighting Designer and Special Event Coordinator. During the past year, Ginnie has been collaborating with Olympia Dukakis and Equilateral Theatre Company on a new work in New York City.

Ginnie’s passion for theatre is fueled by sharing theatrical experiences with young artists and watching them discover how powerful the arts can be in developing skills for personal growth and initiating social change. Whether they go on to become theatre artists or audience, Ginnie feels encouraging students to understand and experience performing arts on any level plays a significant role in cultivating a stable future for this invaluable art form for generations to come. Ginnie was honored to be a recipient of Richmond Magazine’s Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2009 in recognition of her stage management contributions to the Richmond theatre community. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Managers’ Association.

Ginnie Willard