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Michael East

Michael East

Michael East

Since moving to Charleston, Mike East has had the privilege of working on productions of many shapes and sizes with dozens of other Clemson alumni. From not-for-profit operas to multi-million-dollar Broadway productions, Mike has managed and installed over 100 shows across 49 states and 9 countries. He currently serves as a Senior Production Manager for Work Light Productions and as the Technical Supervisor for Spoleto Festival USA. Mike is also a founder and the President of TTS Studios, a custom fabrication company that specializes in scenery construction for the performing arts industry.

Mike grew up in Bluffton, S.C. While in high school, he worked for his father doing construction and developed his passion for building and creating structures. During this time, Mike also stumbled into theatre at his school; not because he liked the idea of performing show tunes, but because he realized he could use his skills for a creative purpose.

Mike planned to attend Clemson for construction science, but when visiting with a friend who was interviewing for the Department of Performing Arts, he was introduced to a few of the faculty and staff. After some encouragement from his new acquaintances, Mike declared his major in Production Studies for the Performing Arts with a Theatre concentration. Throughout his years at Clemson, he practiced his craft on nearly every Brooks Center production gaining real-world experience and building lifelong professional relationships.

During his junior year, the Director of the Brooks Center, Lillian Harder, convinced a New York producer to use the Brooks Center as the rehearsal space and first stop of a touring theatre production. During this production, Mike met Rhys Williams, who would become his longtime mentor, colleague and friend. The following summer, Mike worked for Rhys in Charleston as a carpenter at the Spoleto Festival and continued working on several projects for Rhys during his senior year. After graduating, Mike was offered a scholarship to attend San Diego State University’s graduate theatre program. About a year later, Rhys called and offered Mike a job opportunity that he could not refuse, so he happily moved back to the southeast.