01/05/2013 04:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

All the World's a Stage for James Latus

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The producers of the NBC hit, SMASH should give James Latus a call to learn how it's done. After closing the 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Clybourne Park stage manager extraordinaire James Latus went to Chicago with director Pam McKinnon for prep work on the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Broadway production, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf. He juggles high profile theater assignments while breaking in a new signature Dalmatian named Jersey, hosting inspired Broadway hopefuls in his apartment or whipping up chocolate peppermint brownies, Carolina pulled pork or flat bread caramelized onion pizza for friends, cast and crew. James came to New York from Wisconsin with a B.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Back in the '80s James found an apartment listing in The New York Times to share with a college roommate. A short stint at ABC as a contract writer was his only foray from his true love the theater. A neighbor at Manhattan Plaza, the performing artists residence in midtown Manhattan hired him for an assistant stage manager stint at the Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park production. A partial list of impressive theatre credit followed On and Off Broadway include Broadway's Bells are Ringing, The Pee Wee Herman Show, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Stones in his Pocket and Capeman, Off Broadway's All's Well That Ends Well, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Cripple of Inishmaan at The Public Theater. James Latus can be reached at LinkedIn and Facebook. Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf is now playing at The Booth Theater till March 24th.