Rusty Cloyes teaches theatre technology and management at The University of Texas at Austin, is the technical director for the American Ensemble Theatre, a company that combines live music, dance and theatre, and annually stage-manages for SXSW. Acts on Cloyes' SXSW stage have included Ice Cube, Jakob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Fitz and the Tantrums. Before coming to Austin, Cloyes was an associate manager at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, MA. While with art, Cloes was the production manager for the Institute of Advanced Theatre Training and for the Zero Arrow Theatre. ART's second space, giving him the opportunity to work with up-and-coming artists and cutting edge companies.
Before turning to production management, Cloyes was a professional stage manager in Seattle for 10 years, starting with the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1991 and continuing with various Seattle companies including the Seattle Children's Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company.
Certain areas of study are scenic automation, for which Cloyes recently attended elite training in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil and Stage Technologies and the development of technical theatre training for Latin American students.
Cloyes received his M.F.A. in Theatre Technology from The Unviersity of Texas at Austin. He is a member of Actor's Equity Association, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the American Institute of Steel Construction.