Zionsville Times Sentinel

July 3, 2013

Manager still going after 33 years

By Matt Werner
Staff Writer

Zionsville — Zionsville resident Ed Stockman was bitten by a bug when he was in high school, and 40 years later, he’s still feeling the effects.

Stockman started doing technical theater in high school and was bitten by the theater bug. He has been the stage manager at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre for 33 years.

“Doing anything with the arts has a bug involved with it,” Stockman said. “Once you start doing it, it’s always in you.”

The opportunity began during a Ball State Singers after show party when he was sitting with Bob Zehr, then-owner of Beef and Boards.

“Bob told me they were looking for a technical manager, and I thought it’d be a good fit,” Stockman said.

Stockman moved to a Beef and Boards theater in Kentucky for a few months before coming to the location near Zionsville, 9301 N. Michigan Road.

“Who would have thought that I’d still be here 33 years later?” Stockman said. “I know I didn’t. I don’t think Bob would have bet on it.”

Stockman has had no problem keeping his job fresh after so many years.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.