MEET THE STAFF: Amanda Mann, Box Office and Sales Manager

BOCA Amanda

Where did you grow up? Rhode Island.

What is your favorite song, artist, musical memory? Oh wow this is a tough one! I am obviously a music fan, but as an even bigger theater fan, I saw “musical memory” and my mind immediately went to theater musicals. My theater side is going to have to win on this one and I will say that seeing both The Phantom of the Opera and Godspell on Broadway in one weekend has to be my favorite memory. The Phantom of the Opera is one of the first musicals I remember seeing so getting to see it as an adult on Broadway was incredible. Godspell is the first and only play I have done outside of a school theater program so that holds a special place in my heart. It is very rarely done so I was ecstatic that I got to see it in general, but especially on Broadway.

Favorite meal or restaurant? There is a little Italian restaurant that is family owned near my house and they have the best homemade pasta. I usually get this chicken dish that they have which comes in a white wine, lemon and sage sauce topped with fresh mozzarella. Combine that with their homemade fusilli and I am a very happy lady. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. (Benvenuto in Cranston in case that made you hungry!)

Coffee or Tea? Neither…weird I know.

You’re stuck on a desert island…What book, music/album/artist and movie do you want with you? I have a book on the history of photography that was used as the textbook for my college photography class so I would pick that one. It is extremely long so it would keep me occupied, I love photography so it would be educational, and it is full of amazing photographs throughout time so it would keep me entertained. For music that I want with me, I would have to choose The Beatles. I am a big fan and they have SO MANY songs that I would never get bored. The Shining would have to be my movie choice. It is one of my favorite movies of all time and it is already one that I can watch over and over again. There is always something new that I discover when watching it and it is a pretty long movie so I feel like it would be good on a desert island to keep me entertained for a while.

What’s your pet situation? I have a dog named Maci who you can see working very hard in my photo. She is an 8 year old Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix. I also have a cat named Dom who loves me working from home because he gets to sit on top of my paperwork. And I have a lizard named Norman who is antisocial and is not interested in being my new work buddy at all.

My Work Buddy

What’s your title and how would you describe your role? I am the Box Office and Sales Manager at the RI Philharmonic. I work closely with the Marketing team and am in charge of all the ticketing for the orchestra. I take care of all things ticket related from subscriptions to single ticket purchases. The main part of my job though is customer service and having a relationship with our patrons.

How long have you been at the RI Phil? In July, I will have been with the RI Phil for 3 years!

What brought you to the RI Phil? I came from being a Box Office Manager at a theater. I had been with the company for 10 years and started there when I was a teenager. I felt like I needed to change it up a little and move to another company. I was lucky to be in contact with a friend who worked at the RI Phil and she suggested I apply. Now, I get to do what I know in terms of ticketing and customer service but in a new aspect of the arts.

What do you want people to know about the RI Phil? I want people to know how passionate everyone that works for the RI Philharmonic is about their jobs. The people that I have the pleasure of working with everyday truly love what they do and they love this organization. Not only is the staff this way about the organization but also our community, our school partnerships, and our patrons. It is still amazing to me how willing everyone is to lend a hand wherever it may be needed. It is truly a team effort at the RI Phil and that team is filled with some of the most dedicated people I have ever worked with.

How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day? Besides the two laptops set up on my bed and a box full of binders worth of paperwork? Haha! I have been watching a lot of cheesy horror movies (my favorite), watching a lot of cooking shows even though they have yet to inspire me to actually cook anything fancy, getting some spring cleaning/organizing done, and getting extra snuggles from my pets.

Any words of wisdom to help others through this? Stay safe, be smart, and try to stay positive. This is a difficult time for everyone, it is scary and it is strange but we will get through it. To cheer myself up, I like to think of all the concerts, plays, movies, and festivals that we will all be at together again soon. The arts have been a huge help getting us through this time and will continue to be after.

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