Learn about the organization that brings campus events to life.
Muhlenberg is host to a variety of incredible events put on by the countless clubs on campus. With events going on nearly every day, there is never a moment to rest, which rings especially true for ‘Berg Production, the student-run production team in charge of managing lights, sound and technology for nearly every event across campus. From a capella or comedy shows to movie nights on the green, a member of the ‘Berg Production team can always be seen working hard to get the event looking and sounding great.
Being a member of ‘Berg Production is no easy task. It is a job that requires organization, time management, teamwork and a bit of heavy lifting. ‘Berg Production alumni Sam Powers ‘22 said, “Event work is insane and comes with long hours, but seeing everyone on campus come together was amazing. I got to work with almost every performance ensemble on campus. Seeing everyone put so much work into their performances was motivating to make sure our tech added something extra to what they came in with.”
“I AM DRAWN TO THIS WORK, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE TECHNICAL WORK THAT WE DO, BUT BECAUSE OF ITS IMPACT ON THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE SUPPORT. “– Jonah Adamcik ’19
This job also entails usage of audio-visual equipment, something that may seem daunting to those unfamiliar, but manager Jonah Adamcik ‘19 and the rest of the team are always ready to help and train new members. Ben Goldstone ‘24 commented that ‘Berg Production is “a collective environment that is not only a business-first group, but also a community that we grow and nurture in.” Goldstone brings up a key part of ‘Berg Production which is its welcoming community. ‘Berg Production is open to anyone with any kind of background in lights and sound because no matter what, there is always room to grow or to be there to help others grow as well. Adamcik elaborates on this, “We hope to be able to not only give students technical skills, but to develop their managerial and entrepreneurial skills running our business and to allow students to explore skill sets that are most interesting to them.”
Adamcik was one of the original members of ‘Berg Production. In his time as a student at Muhlenberg, he recollects that ‘Berg Production “started when I was a student sound-tech for Student Activities [Muhlenberg Activities Council] and noticed that we had all of these student performance groups and organizations, and I noticed that they were extremely professional. Their quality of work was amazing, and I knew then that I wanted to work toward creating an organization with people and equipment that was just as professional as the quality of our student organizations.” Adamcik worked with the Student Government Association (SGA) to gain funding to purchase equipment to support his idea, and through collaboration with Rita Chesterton, the director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, ‘Berg Production has grown into a full blown production company, with Adamcik hoping in the future “to eventually offer our services off-campus too, giving students access to more work and higher pay-rates.”
“‘BERG PRODUCTION IS A COLLECTIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS NOT ONLY A BUSINESS-FIRST GROUP, BUT ALSO A COMMUNITY THAT WE GROW AND NURTURE IN.”– Ben Goldstone ’24
One of Adamcik’s leading efforts in running ‘Berg Production is making sure the organization has a lasting positive effect on students even after they graduate Muhlenberg. Adamcik mentioned, “Adam Marcus ’22 was able to not only develop his technical skills, but also to develop his accounting and management skills which gave him [the] opportunity to develop those skills outside of the classroom.” Powers said, “Working for ‘Berg Production was a really great and enriching experience to my theatrical training. Working events means that you are constantly doing something differently. Every event needs different support and presents their own unique challenges. ‘Berg Production taught me to always be adaptable. Being able to come up with solutions on the fly has been a marketable skill for me when I was applying for work in theatre post-graduation.”
Hannah Cohen ‘25 describes ‘Berg Production as “an experience that helps students make their events great and make turnouts even more amazing.” Adamcik recognized this, and made it ‘Berg Production’s mission to be a part of the campus community, and is eagerly awaiting the future of the organization.
Adamcik closed with, “I am drawn to this work, not only because of the technical work that we do, but because of its impact on the organizations that we support. They are extremely professional vocalists, actors, dancers and artists. Our work exists to enhance their work, and our campus is heavily invested in the arts and it’s an honor for us to be as well. We are extremely excited for the future of ‘Berg Production and we can’t wait to see what the future has in-store for us.”
Originally published at The Muhlenberg Weekly – https://muhlenbergweekly.com/arts-culture/shining-a-light-on-berg-production/