A Conversation with Stage Manager Biff Henderson

December 3, 2015 An Eastern Diversity Steering Committee and AD/SM/PA Council East Event

On December 3 following the Eastern Diversity Steering Committee (EDSC) meeting, the EDSC and the AD/SM/PA Council East hosted a special conversation with Stage Manager Biff Henderson. Held in the Guild’s New York boardroom, the evening was a look back on the career of the longtime Stage Manager on Late Show with David Letterman who has been a DGA member for nearly forty years.

Following a welcome from AD/SM/PA Council East Chair/ EDSC Co-Chair Joyce Thomas, Henderson sat down with Director Jerry Foley for an entertaining discussion about Henderson’s career and their roles on the long-running program, Late Night with David Letterman, a show he had stage managed for its entire run. The conversation was illustrated by clips of the many memorable on-screen appearances he made on Letterman during his tenure of over thirty years. Afterwards he took questions from the audience.

In addition to Late Show with David Letterman, Henderson’s resume includes working as a Stage Manager on its precursor The David Letterman Show; as well as the Today Show, Sunrise, NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, Saturday Night Live, and Later with Bob Costas.

Henderson has been a DGA member since 1977.

About the Committee:

The Eastern Diversity Steering Committee (EDSC) represents the concerns of Guild members of African, Asian, Native American, Arab-Middle Eastern or Latino descent residing in the East. Committed to improving the employment opportunities, working conditions and the skills of ethnically diverse Guild members, the EDSC sponsors workshops, seminars, round-table discussions and networking events to showcase the talents of its members, recognize their contributions, and increase their visibility in the industry.

About the Council:

The AD/SM/PA Council East is the elected body that represents the Guild members who reside in the Eastern region and work in television as Associate Directors, Stage Managers or Production Associates.

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event photos by Marcie Revens
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