Highly motivated, passionate, results oriented production professional with a successful record of achievement managing and producing large scale live entertainment events. Extensive experience in designing, developing, and implementing concerts, festivals and international music conferences and exhibition events. Detail oriented fiscal planner with an eye for excellence in show quality standards.
Large and small scale event production characterized by attention to detail and fiscal responsibility
Project management expert with proven track record of budget performance and production excellence
Contract negotiations; city-wide convention center, hotel and service vendor agreements involving major national
brands and event spaces
Team leadership through inspiration and team development
Innovative production design - able to work efficiently with limited resources in a broad landscape of environments
Exceptionally high show quality standards
Project management in corporate and non profit settings
Cultivating strategic relationships with partners, vendors and service providers
Advanced computer skills – Microsoft and Adobe applications
PRODUCTION | MANAGEMENT
FREELANCE EVENT PRODUCER AND CONSULTANT | Steve Baker Productions | 2008 - present
RHYTHM & RIBS JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL | Executive Producer | Steve Baker Productions
Kansas City, MO | October 2011, 2012
Multi-venue music festival featuring national and regional jazz, blues and R&B acts combined with the finest
barbeque and arts vendors in the greater Kansas City area.
LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL | Technical Director / Production Manager | Steve Baker Productions
Laguna Beach CA | February 2013, 2012, 2011, January 2010
Week long multi-venue chamber music festival presenting collaborative performances featuring internationally
renowned artists; Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Calder Quartet (2012 artists)
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS JAZZ MASTERS AWARDS CONCERT
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York | January 2012, 2011, 2010, October 2008
Consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center - manage the affairs for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters
and collaborate with the NEA and Jazz at Lincoln Center on event production.
NAMM - THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION | Project Manager
Anaheim, CA | January 14-16, 2010
Co-managed the production of the H.O.T. Zone (Hands on Training), an innovative program designed to bring
professional development and technical training to a specialized community of music industry professionals.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR JAZZ EDUCATION (IAJE) | Executive Producer | 1998 - 2008
Design and produce association events from educational institutes to city wide international jazz
conferences for the music industry held throughout North America.
Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival | Kansas City - As first year executive producer; managed the festival within the projected budgetary guidelines and elevated the production efficiency to begin its return to a fiscally successful and nationally recognized music festival. Received Kansas City Visitor Choice Award for best music festival.
Laguna Beach Music Festival - Consulted on sound design elements leading to fabrication of acoustic treatments that transformed the Laguna Playhouse into a viable live chamber music venue. Established new levels of festival prodcution to exceed expectations of internationally acclaimeed artists, festival partners and sold out audiences.
National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters - Designed and implemented an artist relations model that attracted a record number of previously named NEA Jazz Masters attending the 30th Anniversary of the NEA's premiere jazz event bestowing the natio
n's highest honor to legendary jazz musicians.
IAJE - Innovative production and meeting planning measures established this international nonprofit arts association's
annual international conference as the best in the industry presenting a dynamic productio
n scope including: multiple venue jazz festival, 90K square foot music industry exposition, technology laboratory, special event production and concurrent sessions comprising nearly 400 events.
TALENT CASTING AND CONTRACTING
WALT DISNEY COMPANY, DISNEYLAND | Talent Casting and Booking
Anaheim, CA 1993 – 1998
Provide casting services for world premiere productions, television specials, Disney Channel specials, special
events, Disneyland Park shows and atmosphere talent.
Contracted and cast professional talent for internal and external clients of the Walt Disney Company including:
Disneyland, Walt Disney Special Events Group, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Special Events and Anaheim
Sports that set new standards for entertainment products.
Revised the casting process enhancing the talent casting role based on greater service to the Show Development
Team through expanded talent resources that established greater credibility throughout the talent community.
Developed automated electronic contract system increasing administrative efficiency by 60%.
Live pre-show casts for the World Premiere of Disney’s Hercules at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway in
New York and the Chicago Theater in Chicago.
Live pre-show casts for the Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and
Hercules at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES, Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad |
Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee
Los Angeles, CA
Produced the Olympic Fanfare Trumpet Unit for the world premiere of John William’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme.
Bachelor of Music: Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan