Elsa Ward - Founder
Elsa Ward has designed costumes for both theater and television for more than 20 years and has many years of experience initiating and executing creative projects in the arts, beauty and education fields. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University and membership in United Scenic Artists IATSE Local 829.
With the support of The Actors Fund Creative Entrepreneurship program, Elsa developed Open Stage Project in 2018 in response to the dire need for increasing the number of women working professionally backstage.
Elsa is a member of the Media, Technology and Design commission with the Career and Technical Education ( CTE) schools with the NYC Department of Education. As a commission member, she works in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and NYC theatrical production companies to educate, engage and support high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in the backstage theatrical arts.
Margaret Skoglund - Executive Director
Margaret Skoglund is a Broadway company manager whose projects include Pulitzer Prize finalist What the Constitution Means to Me and the Tony-winning revival Once On This Island. She served as Executive Producer of The Seagull (2018 Tribeca Film Festival) and as Associate Producer for the inaugural Festival of New American Musicals in Los Angeles. Past management experience includes The Lion King and Newsies First National Tours as well as Mamma Mia! and Side Show on Broadway. A proud Duke University alumna, she served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018 and managed the women’s basketball team while a student. She is an active volunteer for iMentor in New York City. Proud member of ATPAM, Local 18032 of the IATSE.
Mary Ragus - Marketing Director
Mary Ragus is a Z-List midtown celebrity who's made her second home at almost every theatre in Times Square. She began her marketing career at SpotCo before joining Roundabout's Special Events team in 2015. Following a five long years tied to a desk, she began working independently for Once On This Island as Broadway's first Audience Concierge, engaging with fans and encouraging them to post on social media. She continued the same role with the 2018 musical Gettin' The Band Back Together, and now at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II. She also currently runs social media for a few other professional accounts in addition to Open Stage Project. Insta/Twitter @sugaryram
Brittany Halberstadt - Chief Administrative Officer
Brittany Halberstadt is a Booking Assistant with Bond Theatrical Group in NYC. In addition to her work with Bond, Brittany is a remote Production Assistant for Disney’s The Lion King National tour and the Chief Administrative Officer of Open Stage Project. Her previous arts management projects include a Membership and Professional Development internship with the Broadway League in New York, NY and a Summer Intensive Internship with the Charlotte Ballet in Charlotte, NC. Brittany graduated from Duke University in May of 2019 with a degree in Art History.
Arabella Powell - Program Director
Arabella Powell is a Broadway Stage Manager with over 25 years of experience. She has worked and toured internationally including London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Off-Broadway highlights include Tap Dogs and Trumbo. On Broadway she has worked on the one person plays of Eve Ensler and John Leguizamo as well as 7 years with Disney’s The Lion King and most recently What the Constitution Means to Me.
Kendra Moore - Program Coordinator
Kendra Moore is currently the Associate Company Manager of The Lion King on Broadway. She toured the U.S. and Canada with The Lion King for 14 years as a dancer/dance captain. She retired from the stage in May 2016 and returned in June as the Assistant Company Manager on the Gazelle Tour. Prior to joining The Lion King, Kendra danced with Ballet Austin, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has toured internationally to many countries: Asia, South America, Europe, Israel, as well as North America with all of these companies.
She has choreographed, produced, and stage managed several benefits for Broadway Cares and other productions. Kendra is also the Co-Choreographer of The Kids and Junior Lion King Experience that is being put on by many schools across the country.
Mimi Intagliata - Program Coordinator
Mimi Intagliata has been at Disney Theatrical Group in NYC since August of 2013. In her role as the Director of Production Operations she supports the developmental and production process, dealing with technical aspects of the show as well as logistics, scheduling and budgeting, and supporting the creative and design teams as shows come to fruition. In her time at DTG she has worked on Beauty and the Beast at Shanghai Disneyland Resort, the Broadway production of Frozen the Musical, the national tour and theatrical film of Newsies, the new tour of The Lion King, and developmental productions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Shakespeare in Love.
Mimi has spent over 30 years working in theatrical production. Prior to joining Disney, she was the Director of Production at Paper Mill Playhouse, a premier regional theatre in Millburn, NJ. There, she guided over 40 shows to the stage, including the World Premiere of Newsies and the North American Premiere of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables. Before her time at Paper Mill, Mimi was the Production Manager at Dodger Stage Holding, working on the Broadway productions and national tours of 42nd Street, Urinetown, Dracula, and Good Vibrations and the off-Broadway Productions of Bare: A Pop Opera and Barbra’s Wedding. She also worked for the touring company NETworks as the Associate Production Manager for the World Premiere of Cirque Ingenieux and 1st National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Prior to making the transition to Production Managing, Mimi was a Stage Manager and worked in settings as varied as children’s theatre, opera, and dinner theatre and spent nearly 10 years criss-crossing the country on national tours of Broadway musicals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is originally from St. Louis, MO. Mimi currently resides in Maplewood, NJ, with her wife, Alicia, and their two children, Lucas, 16, and Celeste, 14.
Board of Directors
Open Stage Project
Research has shown that theatrical professions are skewing white and male, and Open Stage Project desires to change this trend. We want to increase the number of women* working in all areas of the theatrical arts. This will not happen organically, it must be deliberate. Recent news articles have been taking note of this lack of parity.
*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women and non-binary people. We believe in supporting the many intersections of our members’ identities, such as (but not limited to) race, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic class, and immigrant/indigenous status.