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Erin Beatie


Erin Beatie has been working behind the scenes for live theatre since 2001.  Her start foot in the door was apprenticing with Foothill Theatre Company's 2001 summer production 'Resident Alien' and assisting with their Tahoe Shakespeare Festival load-in.  After graduating from Bear River High School in 2002, Erin jumped straight into the workforce by signing up in IATSE Local 50 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) where she was able to work for Brittney Spears, Willie Nelson, Cher, Paul McCartney, WWE, and musicals such as Susical the Musical, Phantom of the Opera, and The Full Monty.

In 2003 Erin began working at Accent Lighting where she was able to learn interior lighting design and was able to assist designing many homes, including the one she lives in today.  In 2004 Erin became the Lead Auditorium Technician (Theater Manager) for Colfax High School.  She additionally created and taught their Technical Theatre program with John Deaderick.  In 2006 Erin was able to join the China Tour (Beijing, Tianjin, X’ian, Jinan, Great Wall of China) with the Sacramento Choral Society and assist with their backstage needs during the 2 week tour.  In 2009 she joined them again for their Canada Tour (Victoria, Vancouver, British Columbia).  

In 2013 Erin started a student apprenticeship program through the support of Sierra Stages, offering paid apprenticeships to students interested in pursuing theatre as a career. 

After 14 years at Colfax High School, in 2016 Erin decided it was time to return to her old stomping grounds and became the Theater Manager at Bear River High School.  In 2017 she got her CTE Credential so that she could continue to teach the Technical Theatre program she created and in 2018 became a USITT member so Bear River students could start a USITT chapter.  Erin created four technical theatre classes which fulfills the CTE pathway requirements and additionally she made sure all classes are A-G Accredited (college preparation courses).  Today a large amount of Erin's former students are successfully doing backstage work all over the nation.

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