Home for the Holidays Panel
with Tyler McKenzie, Thomas Laub, Ryan Gardner and Tiffany Bryant-Jackson
Join us in-person or via live stream for an engaging discussion featuring three artists who pursued their Broadway and professional theater dreams! Learn about their unique paths in the industry, what it typically feels like to work in professional theatre during the holidays, and what each is doing while theatres are dark. The panel will feature Charlotte-natives actor Tyler McKenzie (Hamilton), producer Thomas Laub (American Utopia and Slave Play), and stage manager Ryan Gardner (ASM Waitress National Tour). Tiffany Bryant-Jackson, founder of Open Cage Productions, will moderate this engaging discussion that gives valuable insight into the industry while these talented artists are ‘Home for the Holidays.' The discussion will include a live Q&A with guests who attend in-person.
About the Panelists
Tyler McKenzie: Tyler McKenzie (he/him/his) currently on dance faculty at Penn State University’s Musical Theatre Department, was last seen on stage in Hamilton the Musical. He is a Long Island native with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University. He has performed regionally and in the Broadway & National Tour productions of Mamma Mia, Matilda, and Hamilton. In 2019, Tyler received the Western Carolina University Young Alumni Award celebrating his level of distinction in his field of work, his commitment to the service of others, and his potential for future leadership/distinction. He also recently received honorary acknowledgement and membership from the National Society of Leadership and Success. Tyler has a major passion for education and has worked with young artists all over the country and online.
Thomas Laub: Thomas Laub is a Tony-nominated Broadway producer based in New York City, a proud University of Michigan BFA Musical Theatre alumni, and the founder of live entertainment company Runyonland Productions, which exists to collaborate with storytellers from communities nationwide to bring their work to larger audiences. He is represented this "season" (ha) in NYC by David Byrne's American Utopia, Slave Play, and Plaza Suite. Upcoming: Lauryn Hobbs' Rhapsody in Blue, Selina Fillinger's POTUS, Douglas Carter Beane's Fairycakes, and the Palestinian Theatre Festival.
Ryan Gardner: Ryan Gardner is a Stage Manager, Charlotte native, and former Blumenthal intern. He was the ASM on the National Tour of Waitress, a PA for David Byrne’s American Utopia, and has multiple credits regionally at SpeakEasy Stage Company and Barrington Stage. While he was at Boston College, Ryan was recognized by the Kennedy Center as one of the top student stage managers in the country. During COVID, you can find Ryan in the world of virtual corporate events as a Technical Production Manager, and currently as the Local Production Coordinator for Art Heist, an interactive, outdoor touring production hosted by Blumenthal in uptown Charlotte. Follow him on IG @ontheroad_rg for updates!
Directions & Parking
A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.
*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.
GETTING AND USING YOUR PARKING PASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*
WHEN YOU EXIT
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
Important Event Information
- Space is limited and RSVP is required to attend in person. Use the "Get Tickets" button to RSVP.
- Social distancing procedures will be in place.
- Masks are required at all times.
- All guests will be subject to a temperature check and must answer a COVID questionairre prior to entry.
- You can tune in virtually. The panel discussion will be livestreamed via Blumenthal's Facebook page.
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square seats 730 and has become a showplace for live performances.
Uptown’s only historic theater, McGlohon Theater was originally the First Baptist Church sanctuary. The venue was carefully restored and opened in 1980. With its stained glass windows and Byzantine dome, this historically designated space makes each event a memorable experience. McGlohon Theater features the orchestra (stage) level and the balcony level.
The theater is named in honor of the late, legendary jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte.