About Us

Aurora Productions is a Production Management and Technical Supervision Company serving the entertainment industry specializing in the Broadway, Off Broadway and touring theater productions. Since 1993, Aurora has supervised over 190 Broadway and Off Broadway shows, associated tours, as well as international productions in London's West End, Europe and Australia.

Ben Heller

Ben Heller (President) Ben Heller has been at Aurora Productions since 2003. Prior to joining Aurora, he was the Production Manager at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre as well as a freelance Off Broadway manager and stagehand. His production management philosophy is to provide the creative team and production staff with the best possible tools and support to realize their goals, while also providing general managers and producers with the most efficient and fiscally responsible methods to do so. Ben is a graduate of NYU's Production and Design track in the Drama department at the Tisch School of the Arts. He has guest lectured at NYU, The Broadway League, and Broadway Master Class. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Chris Minnick

Chris Minnick (Production Coordinator) The alleged hipster representative of Aurora Productions, Chris Minnick joined the company in June of 2013. Before joining the team, Chris worked in Company Management at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Great River Shakespeare Festival. When not working, Chris can usually be found playing with his son Declan or savoring Declan's nap time with his wife, Eileen and his loyal mutt Mr. Huckleberry. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Evansville Theatre Management program.

Geoff Quart

Geoff Quart (Production Manager) joined Aurora in January of 2015. Before joining Aurora, and after pulling up his Canadian roots, Geoff has served as Foreman for Showman Fabricators and Production Manager with Troika Entertainment and Hudson Theatrical Associates. When not working Geoff is a dedicated Husband To Anne, and father to Madelyn and Zoey, and spends too much time watching Football (Soccer) with a big bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Come on you Irons!

Anthony Jusino

Anthony Jusino (Production Manager) joined Aurora in October of 2011. Prior to his employment with Aurora Productions, Anthony has toured around the country production managing numerous Rock & Roll and Corporate Events as well as Fashion, Corporate and Theatrical Events in New York City . Anthony graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2004 from the Theater Arts and Film - Design Technology Program.

Liza Luxenberg

Liza Luxenberg (Production Manager) Liza has been a member of the Aurora family since 2009. She joined Aurora shortly after graduating from Indiana University where she double majored in Theatre and an Individualized Major Program in Stage Management. She was recently interviewed for a new production management handbook called The Production Manager’s Toolkit and has guest lectured for Indiana University, University of Maryland, Columbia University and the American Theatre Wing Intern Group.

Isaac Katzanek

Isaac Katzanek (Production Manager) rejoined Aurora in the fall of 2014 after an internship in the 2011-12 season. Other career highlights include work with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Public Theater, and Roundabout Theatre Company in their production and scenery departments. He spends his free time taking in a hockey game, escorting his four-legged roommate Henrik to the dog park, or discovering local breweries with his girlfriend Bridget. Isaac is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville Theatre Department and calls the lights of Las Vegas home.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy (Production Manager) joined Aurora Productions having previously been the Production Manager for Troika Entertainment. Over nine years with Troika, Ryan worked on over 50 national and international touring productions. Prior to that, he spent 4 years as the Production Supervisor for a children’s entertainment company in Niagara Falls, NY. Ryan is a BFA graduate of Niagara University and spends his down time trying to cook amazing meals for friends and family. He lives in Manhattan with his husband Joe and their two crazy dogs, Carlton and Lucas.

Eric Casanova

Eric Casanova (Associate Production Manager) joined Aurora Productions in December of 2015. Before Aurora, Eric worked as a Production Manager at Hudson Scenic Studio, Inc. and as an Associate Technical Supervisor at Hudson Theatrical Associates. Eric is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Technical Design and Production department. When not working, he and his wife HaeWon enjoy traveling, cooking, and good coffee.

Luke Ricca

Luke Ricca (Assistant Production Manager) A native of Illinois, Luke Ricca joined Aurora in 2015 after transplanting himself from Chicago, a decision he increasingly questions after the Cubs 2015 and 2016 seasons. Luke worked at Broadway In Chicago supervising all production activity across four venues including pre-Broadway try-outs, national tours, concerts and corporate events. Luke holds a Bachlors of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Melissa Mazdra

Melissa Mazdra (Accounts Manager) has been with Aurora since August of 2002. Melissa grew up in St. Louis, MO and holds a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production from SUNY Purchase. Melissa was both an Intern and than an Associate Production Manager for Aurora before deciding to return to school for her Masters in Special Education. Melissa now works full time as a Special Education Teacher of Students with Autism in Long Island City, Queens. Upon completion of her Masters, Melissa returned to Aurora as their Accounts Manager. Melissa is a proud member of both the United Federation of Teachers and Actors Equity (Stage Management).

Gene O'Donovan

Gene O'Donovan (Founder) Gene was the founder of Hudson Scenic Studio in 1980 and its President until 1994 when he left to pursue Production Management on a full time basis as Aurora Productions. He retired in January of 2015 but continues his commitment to Aurora as a consultant . Gene teaches, inspires and shares his theater experience in Production Management at SUNY Purchase and Columbia University. He is the recipient of the Broadway Masters and Legends Award and a TONY Honors Award For Excellence In The Theater. Gene is married to Linda Batwin O'Donovan (principle of Batwin+Robin Productions). They have five children and six grandchildren.

Aurora Productions Interns
Name Hometown School/University
Justin Bell Castro Valley, CA San Francisco State University
Serena Montsma Hudsonville, MI University of Evansville
Allison Queen Dallas, TX University of Oklahoma