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"A moment with ... David Sheldrick"

01/26/2012

David Sheldrick
"A moment with ..." is a Q-and-A column featuring Miami employees.

David Sheldrick, Miami '01, is the assistant director of audience development and artist services with Miami University's Performing Arts Series. Although you may never see him on the stage in front of an audience, you can always find him backstage with the celebrities or sometimes with the audience.

Q: How long have you been with Miami and what are some of your duties with the Performing Arts Series?
A:I started as a student employee for the Performing Arts Series in January of 1997. I also worked for the music department for a year. I was officially hired as a full-time employee in 2004, after spending two years with the San Antonio Symphony. I am responsible for the marketing and production for Performing Arts Series events. Marketing duties include tracking ticket sales, designing show posters and talking to the faculty about integrating the arts into their curricula. Production needs vary from show to show, but generally includes making travel arrangements (e.g. hotel, catering, etc.) and making sure the sound and lights are up to standard for each particular performance.

Q: What's the most rewarding part of your job?
A: My favorite part is once the show has started, and the audience is really into what's happening on the stage. Sometimes, I just go in and watch the audience's reactions to a performance. Another highlight is getting to watch people experience the arts in a more intimate environment, like our residency activities. Residency activities include master classes, workshops and receptions with artists. Last season, we offered over 30 residency activities, involving more than 3,000 students and community members. One of my favorite residency activities was done last season with Bo Eason, a former professional football player who was voted the dirtiest player in the NFL. He performed his one-man show that he wrote, “Runt of the Litter.” His stories were amazing, from struggling and making it in the NFL to transitioning to theater, where he has been very successful.

Q: What are the most memorable shows you've worked on? And who were your favorite performers to host?
A: I get to work so closely with the artists that the most memorable shows and favorite performers are one and the same. From a pure entertainment perspective, comedian Jeff Dunham (Sep. 2011) and Wynton Marsalis (Mar. 1998 & Mar. 2010) were my favorite shows and performers. Sometimes, I am fortunate enough to spend a few days with the artists, prior to the performance, and getting to know them and why they do what they do makes the entire project unforgettable. Philip Glass (April 2009) is extremely approachable and personable. I had studied him in class when I was a student, so it was extremely rewarding to have the chance to spend one-on-one time with him.

Q: What is your favorite memory from when you were a student.
A: My favorite Miami memories surround the brotherhood and fellowship provided by the marching band and the Glee Club. But if I had to pick one, it was the 1998 European tour the Glee Club took. We sang in Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacré-Cœur Basilica. We also spent four days in Wales on the trip, which has a vibrant tradition of male chorus. Glee Club is basically a fraternity in its own right, so it was 18 days with great friends, traveling and singing in amazing places.

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One of David Sheldrick's favorite photos of his children and his sousaphone. He is an alumnus of Miami's marching band.

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