Interview with Maxine Glorsky

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Interview with Maxine Glorsky
Glorsky, Maxine (Interviewee)
Dunning, Jennifer (Interviewer)

Dance Oral History Project

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2001
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August 31, 2001. Ms. Glorsky describes how she became interested in working backstage; her family; studying ballet with Mildred Hoffman; her experiences at Jacob's Pillow and her memories of Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis; working with John Christian; how her training as a dancer helped her as a stage manager; the influences of the many different artists with whom she has worked; the work of a stage manager; her first professional job stage managing at Jacob's Pillow with the Ximénez-Vargas Ballet Espagnol; Her impressions of Maria Alba; her early years in New York City. Her first impressions of Martha Graham and the Graham school; working at the Clark Center [interview pauses and resumes on 9/1/01] sketching and drafting plans for the stage; performances at the Delacorte Theater; the changing creative dynamic between choreographers and designers; her development of and involvement with the Technical Assistance Group Foundation; the organisation's goals, personnel and its eventual demise; the stage manager's primary relationship with the lighting designer; lighting designers that have influencedher including Nichola Cernovitch, Jean Rosenthal and Gilbert Hemsley. 09/29/01 The role of the stage manager within the production as a whole; her general impressions of the dancers and choreographers she has come to know through her work; stage managing different styles and genres of dance; particular artists with whom she has worked closely including Glen Tetley, Maria Alba, Lar Lubovitch, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Mikhail Baryshnikov (also compares his personality to Rudolph Nureyev's), Merce Cunningham, Agnes De Mille, Lucia Chase, Bob Fosse; personal qualities necessary in a good stage manager; issues in teaching and learning stage managing.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZMT 3-2336[Transcript]
Glorsky, Maxine
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
Christian, John, 1921-1982
Alba, María, -1992
Graham, Martha
Cernovitch, Nichola
Rosenthal, Jean, 1912-1969
Hemsley, Gilbert V
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
Fosse, Bob, 1927-1987
New York (N. Y.). Delacorte Theater
Technical Assistance Group
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Oral histories
Date: Interview conducted by Jennifer Dunning, Aug. - Sept. 2001 [New York City]
Physical Description
Extent: 1 transcript (100 leaves)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15408698
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7169fc90-f1fd-0137-4ffe-35a9858ef07e
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Maxine Glorsky" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2001.

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Interview with Maxine Glorsky