The ArtScene Backstage Award
Recognizes extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.
Brad Buffum is the Production Stage Manager at University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film as well as Nebraska Repertory Theatre (NRT). Brad was the first recipient of a stage management degree from the nascent program at the University of Utah. While an undergraduate, Brad joined Actors’ Equity Association in 1983. After stints in Sun Valley, Idaho and circumnavigating the earth on sixty-two foot sailboat (as cook/galley slave), he landed back in his hometown of Lincoln, at UNL. While at UNL, he has stage-managed many NRT productions in Lincoln as well as in Moscow, Russia, Krakow, Poland and across the Midwest. Brad strives to increase the awareness of the extraordinary student stage managers across the country while trying desperately to remain behind the scenes himself. He has taught about 10,000 Introduction To Theatre students at UNL.