Cherrie Sciro is the Coordinator of Theatre and Professor in the School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech. Her most treasured directing experience here at Tech was the 1999 production of Six Women with Brain Death…, which was awarded 21 John F. Kennedy, American College Theatre Festival Awards including the Richard A. Weaver Best Production Award, the only time Louisiana Tech University has ever had this honor.
Ms. Sciro is also known nationally for her Broadway credits which include Production Coordinator of the Tony Award-winning productions Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon. As well as Broadway Stage Manager for Song and Dance, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, an All-Star Tribute to Ethel Merman, featuring Lainie Kazan, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Elaine Stritch and Bette Midler. Stepping out of the theatre, Ms. Sciro served as the Production Manager for the 1999 Hard Rock Rockfest in Atlanta, GA, and the Stage Manager for the 2001 New Year’s Eve in Times Square in New York City. She was also the Road Manager for Patti LuPone for eight years and Dixie Carter for two years.
Strauss Theatre Center considers itself very fortunate to have Cherrie Sciro as director of its closing show of the 2018-19 season MAMMA MIA! She is a theatre professional with credits to impress even the most jaded theatregoer– from working with Cameron Mackintosh with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and LES MIS to being production stage manager of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in Barcelona. And that just scratches the surface.
Trained at Louisiana Tech, where she is currently head of the theatre program and holder of the Lallage Wall Endowed Professorship, she was first spotted by professionals when stage- managing a Tech production that was being done at the Kennedy Center as a part of an annual American College Theatre Festival. Her first professional job was with Rowan Atkinson— yes, Mr Bean and Blackadder.
From there she went on the work with Mackintosh on Broadway, also being involved with the transfer of LES MIS from London to Broadway. SONG AND DANCE, MISS SAIGON, and FIVE GUYS NAMED MO followed. After a time, she struck out as an independent contractor to work on a number of other shows with stars including Bette Middler, Patti LaPone, Elaine Stritch, and Dixie Carter. And along the way came stints with the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics. Her directing credits include prize winning productions.
She has also stage managed several dance companies in European tours. And with all this and being in charge of Tech’s theatre program, she devotes time to community service: she is a founding member of an organization–Goodwill Lunching–that works with helping underprivileged children and promoting children’s literacy. Last year alone that group, in cooperation with other groups, provided over 12,000 books to students in Ruston.
And with all of this, she has found time to work with Strauss in guiding the production of MAMMA MIA! We are very grateful for her talent, hard work, and patience with community theatre.
Her International credits with Sir Cameron Mackintosh include London, England; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France. Ms. Sciro worked on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival production of Sunset Boulevard which starred Patti LuPone. Her work on the Olympic Games took her to Barcelona, Spain where she served as the Production Manager for the Closing Ceremonies. In addition to her International Olympic work, she served as the Production Manager for the Atlanta, GA. Olympic Games.
Her latest professional work has brought her back where it all began for her just out of college, and that is Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Sciro has found a new love, and that is stage managing dance!