Aurora Production has been providing Production Management and Technical Supervision to the entertainment industry for three decades. Our roots are in Broadway and Off Broadway productions, but we have applied our talents to a wide range of projects including site specific installations, theatrical renovations, and large scale events. Aurora operates at the nexus of our clients vision, technical expertise, and fiscal responsibility. There is no task we will not tackle, whether it’s in a theatre or in your home. If there is a problem to overcome, Aurora is here to tackle it for you.
Ben Heller has been at Aurora Productions since 2003. Prior to joining Aurora, he was the Production Manager at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre as well as a freelance Off Broadway manager and stagehand. His production management philosophy is to provide the creative team and production staff with the best possible tools and support to realize their goals, while also providing general managers and producers with the most efficient and fiscally responsible methods to do so. Ben is a graduate of NYU's Production and Design track in the Drama department at the Tisch School of the Arts. He has guest lectured at NYU, The Broadway League, and Broadway Master Class. He lives in Brooklyn.
Liza has been a member of the Aurora family since 2009. Prior to joining Aurora, she pursued a career as a Stage Manager, having received dual degrees from Indiana University in Theatre and in Stage Management from the Individualized Major Program. Since joining Aurora, she has had the opportunity to work on shows of all shapes and sizes both on Broadway and Off including a matinee performance of To Kill A Mockingbird at Madison Square Garden for 18,000 New York City Public School students. Her favorite part of Production Management is the first day of Tech when the full Company gets to see all the parts and pieces coming together from page to stage. Liza is from Winter Park, Florida and in her free time enjoys getting out in the sun to make up for all that time in a dark theatre.
Chris joined Aurora Productions in July 2013, having previously been the Company Manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Over 5 years with WTF, Chris worked on over 50 productions. Prior to that, he spent 2 years in Company Management at a not for profit theatre in New York City, NY. Chris is a BS graduate of University of Evansville, but does not hold an MA from the University of Rochester. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking amazing meals for his wife Eileen and their friends and family, spending time outside, and lounging on the couch with his crazy dog, Mr. Huckleberry.
Cori joined the Aurora team in 2016. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of The PATH Fund, Inc. and the annual ROCKERS ON BROADWAY concert series. Cori was Talent Manager for Whole Artist Management, the General Manager for Gingold Theatrical Group and Managing Director for Wingspan Arts, Inc. Stage Management - Broadway: Triumph Of Love (ASM) and Off-Broadway: I Do! I Do! and No Way To Treat A Lady, Tour: David Copperfield - Dreams and Nightmares (US & Asia). Cori was a Managing Partner in RIOT Entertainment, which was a lead producer on the smash Off-Broadway hit Bat Boy: The Musical, which won both the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Kyle is thrilled to join Aurora Productions. He was most recently on tour with Feld Entertainment as Production Manager for Disney on Ice: Dream Big! and Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party!, which took him all over the world. Other favorite tours have been with Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed!, and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Kyle also spent a year in the Production Management department of The Public Theatre. A native of Ohio, and graduate of Wright State University, he worked as a Stage Manager for August: Osage County, Carousel, and other shows. He has also been on tour with Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon- Live Spectacular and Walking with Dinosaurs. He lives with his cat, Huck, who currently has dreams of being the first cat on Broadway (paid in catnip), assuming he stops biting people first.
Justin is a Production Manager with Aurora Productions. Over the last decade, Justin has worked for a wide variety of entertainment companies in various roles. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he proudly worked as a stagehand with IATSE Local 16 for four years before transitioning to New York City for production management. Following two summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and several Broadway productions with Aurora, he then worked at Second Stage Theater as the Associate Production Manager helping to oversee the reopening of their Broadway theatre, The Hayes. Justin’s current project with Aurora is filling in as Director of Production for the Williamstown Theatre Festival for their 2022 season.
Nic is originally from Niskayuna New York, and joined the Aurora team in 2022. He holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Purchase College. Other credits include The Colonial Theatre in Westerly RI, and Park Playhouse in Albany NY. When not at work Nic spends his time skiing or baking.
Jack joined Aurora Productions in July 2018, having worked as a Production Management PA on Tootsie: A Comedy Musical in Chicago and moved to New York to join the cohort of interns in January. Jack holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Jack worked for Broadway in Chicago in the operations department and worked on multiple pre-Broadway tryouts. Regional and other credits include NYSAF/Powerhouse Theatre, WPPAC, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Delaney Teehan has been with Aurora Productions since Fall 2021 when she joined the company as an academic intern. She recently graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Stage and Production Management in the Production and Design Studio. She has previously worked for Broadway Licensing as their Licensing/Acquisitions Intern, the Tank as a production designer, and the Laguna Playhouse as a stage manager. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Delaney is now based in New York City’s East Village.
Joanna joined Aurora in 2022 after her time as Assistant Production Manager of New York Theater Workshop. Prior to NYTW, she worked at MCC Theater, serving as Assistant Production Manager and eventually Associate Production Manager. Her early theatrical experiences brought her across the country, putting up shows in 45 of 50 states as well as globally throughout parts of Asia. She holds a BFA in Acting and in Art History from SUNY Fredonia. An indelible New Yorker from Jamaica, Queens, she’s seen it all and her life’s goal is to experience it all.
Originally from the Netherlands, Martijn joined Aurora full time after an internship in the 2018-19 season. Prior to Aurora, Martijn interned at Hudson Scenic Studio and worked for both Spoleto Festival USA and I.A.T.S.E. Local #395. He is a graduate of University of Michigan’s BFA theatre design and production program and enjoys playing piano in his free time.
Luke joined Aurora in 2015 after relocating from Illinois. Luke worked with Broadway In Chicago, first in the theatre operations department before leading the production team. Through his work bringing pre-Broadway premiers, national tours, and concerts to Chicago, Luke began a relationship with Aurora that eventually brought him to New York. Luke earned a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. If he’s not in a theatre, you’re like to find him on a trail headed for the backcountry with a camera in hand.
Kelly is happy to join the Aurora team. When she’s not in the office answering phones or plotting drawings she enjoys her career as an AEA stage manager working on Broadway and more since 2006. She holds a BFA in Stage and Production Management from Boston University and stays busy in her downtime wrangling a husband, two small children, and two large dogs.
John joined Aurora Productions in 2018. Prior to Aurora, he worked as a laboratory technician and warehousing in the craft brewing industry. John studied Biology and Music at University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University. When not at the warehouse you may find John rolling his upright bass around the city in search of a gig.
Gene was the founder of Hudson Scenic Studio in 1980 and its President until 1994 when he left to pursue Production Management on a full-time basis as Aurora Productions. He retired in January of 2015 but continues his commitment to Aurora as a consultant. Gene teaches, inspires and shares his theater experience in Production Management at SUNY Purchase and Columbia University. He is the recipient of the Broadway Masters and Legends Award and a TONY Honors Award For Excellence In The Theater. Gene is married to Linda Batwin O'Donovan (principle of Batwin+Robin Productions). They have five children and six grandchildren.