PLAYBILL: Life Behind the Curtain—The Show Couldn’t Go On Without Them by Michael Gioia. June 9, 2016.
Sierra Fox, Production Assistant
I was in a stage management class at Fordham taught by Andrea “Spook” Testani, and when she got sick, her community of friends rallied to help with whatever commitments she had. Ana M. Garcia became my stage management professor for the last few months. She watched me applying for internships, staying in the city and not having any real paid work and struggling, and she said, “You know, we’re looking for PAs at Once.” So I went in one night in May and shadowed and very much tried to not get my hopes up the whole time, and that night I signed a contract and came onto the team. The first performance I worked was June 1, 2014, which I remember because they were handing out Pride Playbills, and it was the most exciting [experience] … My name wasn’t in it yet, but [I thought], “I’m part of this!” and also, “Something really cool is happening this month.”
THE GUARDIAN: How Harry Potter Changed My Life by Elena Cresci and Guardian readers. March 17, 2016.
Last spring, with college graduation looming, I walked into a theatrical office on an errand and ran into Melissa Anelli, a co-owner of Mischief Management, the company responsible for running LeakyCon. I’d dreamed of attending LeakyCon, a major Harry Potter fan convention, for years, but had never made it there. They had just announced their new convention, BroadwayCon, which sounded just as magical to me as LeakyCon always had. Within two months, I was hired as their executive assistant.
I had never suspected I’d find a group of friends and co-workers who would understand my every Harry Potter reference, share their favourite fan fiction with me, and be willing to argue with me over which Hogwarts houses the characters from the Broadway show Hamilton belong in (an idea we even turned into a panel at BroadwayCon). We get to spend our days dreaming up ways to make our conventions the places our Potter-obsessed younger selves would have loved to visit.
JK Rowling’s world continues to bring me joy every day, and now I get to spend my time sharing that joy with others.
Sierra Fox is executive assistant at Mischief Management, the organisers of LeakyCon
BUZZFEED: This Magic Moment: Can GeekyCon’s Founder Change Fandom for the Better? by Danielle Henderson. July 28, 2015.
“Oh, I want to learn how to shout orders in Dothraki!” Melissa Anelli, 35, is leaning over a small, round table, ripping a turquoise sticky note into tiny squares. She quickly writes something on one of the pieces and presses it onto a portable, platter-size whiteboard, which is already covered in neat, color-coded vertical rows. She’s trying to figure out where the panel about the Game of Thrones language might fit in the sprawling four-day schedule for GeekyCon, the annual fan convention that she co-founded (under the name “LeakyCon”) in 2009, set to kick off in Orlando on July 30 this year.
“Should I go to that panel, too?” asks Sierra Fox, Anelli’s executive assistant, who is busy adding notes to a similarly mapped-out board on the other side of the table. Their laughter fills the small conference room of the shared workspace in the Midtown building that houses their tiny office. “I mean, if you’re going to start speaking Dothraki, I should be able to understand what you’re saying.”
PLAYBILL: Gypsy Robe Recipients Shine in Concert Tonight With Another Opening, Another Robe by Michael Gioia. March 30, 2015.
The concert is produced and directed by Sierra Fox with music direction by Tevi Eber. All proceeds benefit The Actors Fund.
Press About My Work
THE MARY SUE: What Should Diversity on Broadway’s Stages Look Like? Just Ask BroadwayCon by Ashley Steves. January 24, 2019.
At the convention’s “Seeing Through the Eyes of Black Female Playwrights” panel, that balance between seeing your work produced and staying true to yourself is a regular conversation…. Stepping into the microcosm of BroadwayCon, which “Eve’s Song” playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd described as a creative “bubble bath,” it’s easy to forget all that, especially when you can hop from diverse panel to diverse panel, instead of the regular “man-els” of so many other conventions and industry conversations. Outside of the doors of the Hilton Midtown, in Ione Lloyd’s words, “within the arts and in a global way, women, women of color, and queer women, we don’t get the same motherfucking bubble baths. That’s just the way it is at the moment.”
THE VERGE: The Biggest Game of Thrones Fans in the World Are Not What I Thought They’d Be by Kaitlyn Tiffany. July 7, 2017.
Each day of the convention involved so many panels, discussions, group activities, performances, and meet and greets that any attendee could easily milk 12 full hours of experience out of their ticket price. Even as an “impartial” observer of the weekend, I often found myself worrying that I was going to be physically incapable of attending every event that sounded interesting, and though I came to Nashville expecting to ask how organizers decided which audience to prioritize — book or show — it quickly became obvious that the question was stupid. An example hour: from 4 to 4:50PM on Saturday, attendees could choose between a “Princess Panel” featuring Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) and Amy Richardson (the original Myrcella Baratheon); a discussion about fan fiction shipping hosted by various A Song of Ice and Fire bloggers; a conversation about the best “sidekicks” in Westeros; a meet and greet with sound designer Paula Fairfield; an autograph session with Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn); or a lecture on the historical parallels between Westeros and the real Middle Ages. Every type of fan was accounted for, every hour.