About Us

We’re All in this Together

In our management careers we ran into challenges as our shows grew larger and more numerous: redundant work, miscommunication, mistakes.

You know the drill.

So we started Propared, a company devoted to thinking up better ways for theatre, arts, and event managers to organize shows and day-to-day operations. Propared’s software platform embodies much of our learning.

Today we teach, we write, we brainstorm, we build software. We do these things so you can take what we’ve learned and use it to find success in all the amazing things you do.

RYAN KIRK

Ryan has held management positions in theater, TV, fashion, corporate events, and venue operations over his 16 years in the industry. He is a co-founder of Tinc Productions, a production management firm based in New York City. Ryan holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech and a MBA from NYU. He cherishes the time he spends working with arts organizations to improve their workflows; enabling them to continue their missions. Ryan also loves to cook, rock-climb, play piano, and travel.

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MELISSA JOHNSTON

Melissa grew up in the theater industry. Over the last 16 years, she has served in a variety of management roles. In 2007, she co-founded Tinc Productions, a theatrical production management firm based in NYC and served as its Vice President. She feels that management and business training for theater professionals (in all roles) is critical to the continued growth of the industry. She is a graduate of Emerson College. In her spare time, Melissa can be found hiking, cutting gem stones or using her microscope to study everything she finds.

DEREK KNODERER

Derek leads a double life in the arts and technology. He’s spent the last 15 years working in IT Systems and Operations and has held technical and management roles in live event sound design and engineering. Derek holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech and IT certifications for all sorts of whiz-bang things with ridiculous sounding acronyms. When not leading development at Propared, he can be found strolling city streets, whacking random objects with his umbrella to see what sort of sounds they make.

JACKIE MULLEN

Jackie Mullen is part of the Propared Tech Support team and the moderator of the Theatre, Event and Venue Managers SLACK group. She recently moved to Denver, Colorado and is a recent MFA graduate of the UCSD stage management program, the logistics manager of the events management company Pink Monkey Solutions, and an AEA stage manager. She likes cats.

DON FOX

Don is part of the Propared Tech Support team! Don (MFA University of Arizona) is a freelance producer, lighting, scenic and projection designer based in Colorado. He is the lighting designer for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tours, the Burlesque Show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, Music Theatre Wichita, and is the resident production designer for the Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson State Park. Don recently served as production manager to launch the new Ent Center for the Arts at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs where he implemented Propared and changed his life (for the better). He produces musical theatre and dance events that take place across the country.

HELIX

Helix has over 7 years of experience in morale management. She honed her skills playing in a wide variety of dog parks throughout Colorado, California, Florida, Texas, and the greater NYC-area. As Chief Morale Officer at Propared, she oversees our employee wellness and retention programs, reminding us to take breaks and that treats are a powerful motivator. As her secret alias as “The Puppy Bot” she schedules meetings and suggests help articles. If you are on a demo, on-boarding or check-in, you might expect to see her in the background making sure Ryan is doing his job!

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Theatre, Festivals & Performance

Robust Tools for Producing Organizations

Education

Manage your entire Theatre, Music, and Dance Department.

Performing Arts Centers

Manage daily operations for multiple spaces.

Event Production

Tracking high-level plans down to the small details of each event.

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