"If someone told me ten years ago that I would be a professional stage manager, I would have laughed in their face".

-Cesar Malantic

Though scientifically inclined, Cesar was waylaid into a life in the theater when he chose technical theater as a high school art requirement. It was fate from there on in. At his alma mater, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, he assisted on countless productions, eventually earning a BFA in Production and Management.

Post grad, he took a brief foray into directing, helming a few plays and was even contacted by Asian American Artists at Columbia University to direct the humorous and erotic lesbian play, GIRLS LIKE US by S. Vasanti Saxena. He is still puzzled as to why he was awarded this choice opportunity, being conservative, Catholic, straight and quite frankly, male. It was, he admits, a rewarding experience, but he soon found himself veering back towards being a stage manager.

Among the productions he is most proud of are Franz Kafka's THE METAMORPHOSIS for La MaMa E.T.C., the opening night party for the first annual Billboard/BET R & B Hip Hop Conference, THE GREAT LADIES OF BLUES AND JAZZ written, directed, produced, and starring Sandra Reaves, and Ambrosia Productions' presentation of TRUST.

The production of TRUST led to his first gigs with 29th Street Rep as a sound board operator for BOBBY SUPREME, production stage manager for VEGETABLE LOVE and eventually, much to his surprise, to his position as resident stage manager of the company. (He found out by reading it in the program.)

Since joining, Cesar has stage managed THE CENSOR, AVENUE A, Charles Bukowski's SOUTH OF NO NORTH (Stories of the Buried Life), THE LAST BARBECUE and BOLD GIRLS, been the production manager for FOOL FOR LOVE, HIGH PRIEST OF CALIFORNIA, IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST, HIDING BEHIND COMETS and became a member of EQUITY.

So far, he's content in his place, even though he's still not quite sure where that is. His soulful regards go out to his family and everyone associated with 29th Street Rep, especially those closest to his heart (you know who you are).

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