Brian Newman Production Manager

Brian Newman production manager


January 5, 2023

UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE (UFOMT) is thrilled to announce Brian S. Newman as the company’s new Production Manager, effective immediately. Brian is thrilled to join UFOMT headed by Founding General Director Michael Ballam.

Brian is an Assistant Professor and the Production Manager at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of Theatre and New Dance.  Previously, he has served as the Production Manager for Indiana Repertory Theatre, General Stage Manager for Cirque du Solei’s ZAiA in Macau, SAR, China, and Production Manager for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus.  Previous Stage Management credits include Cincinnati Ballet, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre Company, Surflight Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in addition to several corporate and special events in various locations.  Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana State University and his Master of Fine Arts from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.

“He brings with him a vast array of experience as Production Manager, working in many different genres from ballet, theatre, festivals, opera, and even Cirque du Soleil and Barnum & Bailey. We are thrilled to have him on our team.” Says General Director Michael Ballam.

Ballam founded UFOMT in 1992 and the company recently celebrated their 30th season last summer with special events, including a highly successful commemorative concert under the stars of Main Street in downtown Logan, Utah, where UFOMT presents its annual festival. To date, UFOMT has produced over 1,200 productions, concerts, and musical events during its 30 year history.

UFOMT’s 2023 season will include Wagner’s Lohengrin, Verdi’s Aida, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, Rorem’s Our Town, Bart’s Oliver!, and Lutvak’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. In addition, UFOMT will produce, in partnership with the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem. UFOMT will also bring back the annual Sentimental Journey concert featuring music inspired by popular music of the past.


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