Archive for the ‘Seminar’ Category

 

2017 OBA Awards – Video

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Video from the 2017 OBA Awards is now available! Check out some highlights from the event below:

For more videos from the event – including acceptance speeches from winners and honorees! – click here.

All videos courtesy of Jeremy Handelman of Off The Leash Productions.

 

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards – Winners Announced!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!

The OBA Awards are presented in seven competitive categories and honor the best in commercial and not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees and here for past winners.

The recipients of this year’s awards will be honored at a ceremony at Sardi’s on June 20.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Best New Play
Indecent

Best Musical Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Play Revival
The Emperor Jones

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Spamilton

Best Solo Performance
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Best Family Show
The Commedia Cinderella (RagTag Theatre)

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horovitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will honor the late James Houghton, founder of Signature Theatre.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s nominees!

 

SATURDAY SEMINAR 5/20/17 – “MAKING IT WORK: TALES FROM SUCCESSFUL SHOWS THAT SHARED A THEATER”

Friday, May 12th, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance Presents a Panel Discussion & Seminar

Making It Work:

Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater

Saturday, May 20th at 11AM

at The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street)

Admission is $5

Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees.

Register: www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The seminar, titled “Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will feature producer David Carpenter (Puffs, Hands on a Hard Body), Theater operator and producer Edmund Gaynes (Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Zero Hour), director, writer and composer Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy, Triassic Parq, Caudio Quest) and Anthony Wilkinson (The My Big Gay Italian trilogy … Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis). Hugh Hysell (producer of Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will moderate the discussion curated from questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss the many benefits and challenges of creating and producing new work in the Off Broadway arena while sharing a theater with other shows. This seminar will feature a panel of industry professionals who are currently running shows in a shared Off Broadway theater.

“Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 10:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come first served) at www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com.

About the Panelists:

David Carpenter is currently a Managing Partner of Tilted Windmills Theatricals, an entertainment Production Company based in New York City. He and John Pinckard are currently producing the hit off-Broadway play Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matthew Cox. Tilted Windmills is also developing a new off Broadway immersive / interactive play Joe’s NYC Bar scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2017, a new interactive play by Matt Cox The Mysterious Revengers being developed in conjunction with the University of Florida at Gainesville and a Broadway production of the cult hit Reefer Madness the Musical. Previous positions include the Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatrical, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Sales Box Office ,the Manager of Ticket Center Operations for The Broadway League and the Sales and Marketing Associate for Dodger Touring, Ltd. He graduated from Bucknell University with a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Dance. He has lectured on producing at Bucknell University, The University of New Mexico and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Edmund Gaynes As a theatre producer, Mr. Gaynes’ Off-Broadway productions include the current hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee (7 years), as well as long-running productions of Zero Hour (Drama Desk Award), The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, Cougar The Musical, Picon Pie, Emily Mann‘s Annulla, A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe, Trolls, Panache, Chaim’s Love Song, Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson and Bein’ With Behan, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. He produced the West Coast premieres of Marry Me a Little and Starting Here, Starting Now and was nominated for four Ovation Awards, for his productions of The Taffetas and Songs the Girls Sang. Mr. Gaynes produced the National Tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. He currently operates two Off-Broadway theatres in New York City: St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, as well as four theatres in Los Angeles. In 2014, Mr. Gaynes was presented with a “Legend of Off-Broadway” honor by the Off-Broadway Alliance at Sardi’s in New York City.

Marshall Pailet is a director, writer and composer for musical theater, plays, animated films. He directed, composed, and co-wrote the Off Broadway musicals Baghdaddy (currently playing, New York Times Critics’ Pick) and the now internationally licensed Triassic Parq (Chance Theater ’13; Ovation Award, Best Musical; Ovation Nom; Best Director). Other Theater: Claudio Quest (winner of six 2015 NYMF Awards for Excellence); Loch Ness (Chance Theater ’15; Best Musical, OC Weekly); Shrek the Halls (DreamWorks Theatricals); The Chocolate Tree (NAMT). Film: VeggieTales: Noah’s Ark starring Wayne Brady (Original Songs). As Director Only: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theater Festival); Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company – OBA Nom ’17); Eudaemonia; Uncle Pirate; Stuck; The 49 Project; Thursday; With Kings in the Back; Bat Boy; Escape Artists; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He is also on faculty at Molly College and the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Graduate Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com.

Anthony Wilkinson began his career as an Intern Writer at ABC Daytime’s One Life To Live in 1996 and during his fourteen years there he worked his way up to the position of Associate Director. While in that position he earned three Daytime Emmy Awards, seven nominations and was a two-time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award. Anthony’s original production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding started his other passion in the theatre world, when it opened Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse and later moved to Theatre Four in the spring of 2004. In 2006, Anthony wrote and starred as “Rio La Rocca” in the Off-Broadway production of Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. Anthony restaged My Big Gay Italian Wedding in September of 2009 at the St. George Theatre. Rave reviews prompted a revival on Restaurant Row with a full Equity cast in 2010. The run was expected to last six weeks, and extended 14 times in the same location. Aside from NYC, the show has already played in multiple cities in the US as well as Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, Hong Kong and parts of France. In 2013 Anthony opened the sequel to My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral which ran for over two years at St. Luke’s Theater, and has also been licensed by Samuel French. Wilkinson’s final chapter to the trilogy, My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis opened at the Theater Center in 2015. Anthony originated the role of Anthony Pinnunziato, a spin off of his real life persona and played the role for the entire run. My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis has also been published and licensed.

Hugh Hysell (Moderator) is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include this spring’s revival of Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Play), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tonys) and Impressionism. Off Broadway, Hugh runs Hysell Marketing has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra In the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross dressing, loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and recently appeared on HBO’s Divorce. Like every other actor, Hugh has appeared on Law and Order. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. @hughhysell www.HysellMarketing.com

SATURDAY SEMINAR 2/4/17 – “PAGE TO STAGE, OR HOW TO GET YOUR SHOW TO OFF BROADWAY”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance presents a Panel Discussion & Seminar

Page to Stage,

or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway

Featuring Creators, Producers, and Literary Agents from

CAGNEY, CHURCH AND STATE, PUFFS, HANDLE WITH CARE, NYMF, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE 

Saturday, February 4th at 11am

at The Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street

Admission is $5

Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees

Register: PageToStageSeminar.eventbrite.com

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series, focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday February 4th, 2017.

The seminar, titled “Page to Stage, or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway” will feature producer Charlotte Cohn(Church and State, Handle with Care), playwright Matt Cox(Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic), co-author, co-producer and star ofCagney Robert Creighton, and literary agent Mark Subias, who represents clients that span across film, television and theater. Hugh Hysell (producer of Six Degrees of Separation and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will moderate the discussion curated from questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss various pathways of developing shows from conception towards a production in the Off Broadway arena.

“Page to Stage, or How to Get Your Show to Off Broadway” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 10:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come first served) atwww.PageToStageSeminar.eventbrite.com

About The Off Broadway Alliance:

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community. Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain.

The Alliance also presents the Off Broadway Alliance Awards, including an annual tribute to the Legends of Off Broadway and inductees to the Off Broadway Hall of Fame. It also produces the free OBA Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. The Alliance operates the OBA Mentorship Program, which provides new producers with guidance and direction from Off Broadway veterans. And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.www.OffBroadwayAlliance.com

About The Panelists:

CHARLOTTE COHN was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army as a Commanding Officer. She is a founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Mainstreet Musicals. Producing credits include: Baltimore in Black and White (the cell theatre – Resident Artist), Rated P for Parenthood, The New York Times Critics’ Pick Handle With Care (both at the Westside Theater Off-Broadway), and the upcoming Church & State. Charlotte has collaborated with her husband Jason Odell Williams on a variety of writing projects including their screenplay Personal Statement (optioned by former Miramax executive Steve Hutensky) and their TV pilot Birdland, which was a Top Ten Finalist in the Tracking Board’s 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition. Charlotte’s screenplay By the Book was also a finalist in the NYWIFT 2015 competition, sponsored by Meryl Streep. www.churchandstatetheplay.com  

MATT COX is a playwright, actor, improviser, and sound designer from Dallas, Texas currently living in NYC. His plays include Puffs Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic & Magic, Happy Little Trees: A Bobyssey, Cool Chefs Jr., The Madness of Captain Dread,Kings of Crowns, and the 3-part epic Kapow-i GoGo: Kapow-i GoGo Go!, Kapow-i GoGo Z, & Kapow-i GoGo Returns (Time Out Critics’ Pick). He authored the radio play El Hombre Bovinofor WNYC’s The Greene Space, and contributed to The Flea Theater’s The Mysteries. His work has been produced at The Elektra Theater, The University of Florida, The People’s Improv Theater, The Tank, and The Flea Theater, among other places. He is currently writing a novel about orcs. Matt has studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and Tarleton State University.

ROBERT CREIGHTON is the co-author, co-producer and star of the current off-Broadway hit musical CAGNEY playing at the Westside Theatre. Broadway: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Durdles), ANYTHING GOES (Purser/Moonface),CHICAGO (Amos), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Chef Louis), THE LION KING (Timon), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, LAUGHING ROOM ONLY. Other: Shakespeare-in-the-Park’s COMEDY OF ERRORS (Angelo); Encores! DAMN YANKEES(Smokey), LITTLE ME (Pinchley, Jr et al), PAINT YOUR WAGON (Mike Mooney); DC Shakespeare’s THE ALCHEMIST(Ananias). TV: The Family (ABC), Elementary (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Life on Mars (ABC). Album and Bistro Award for  54 Below solo show: AIN’T WE GOT FUN!www.RobertCreightonNYC.com @rcreightonnyc

MARK SUBIAS is an agent in the Motion Picture Literary Department at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he represents clients that span across film, television and theatre. Subias joined the William Morris Agency mailroom in 1999. Subias worked for top theatre agent George Lane and was soon promoted to agent status in the theatre department. In 2004, Subias started his own management firm SUBIAS, in New York City. In April 2012, Subias joined United Talent Agency in their New York office. Among Subias’ distinguished clients are Adam Rapp, Will Eno, Bash Doran, Itamar Moses, Anne Carson, Sam Gold, Pam MacKinnon, Daniel Aukin, David Wiener, Annie Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ivo van Hove, Damian Lewis, Cynthia Erivo, Kevin Kline, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lucy Prebble, Sarah Ruhl, Chris Urch, Simon McBurney, Susan Sarandon, Benedict Andrews, Peter Morgan, Thomas Ostermeier, Diane Lane and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Subias is a guest lecturer at various theatre programs including Yale School of Drama, Brown University and NYU. He lives in New York.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include this spring’s revival of Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tonys®) and Impressionism. Off Broadway, Hugh created, produced and directed SEaMEN The Sailor Musical and The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest. Hugh has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The History Boys, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, Moscow Cat Circus, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra In the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross dressing, loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and this past November he was seen in Erik Ransom’s More Than All The World (the epic new rock opera  inspired by Marlowe’sEdward II) and on HBO’s Divorce. Yes, Hugh has appeared onLaw and Order. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. www.HughHysell.com / @hughhysell

October 2016

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

MONTHLY MEETING – TUESDAY 10/18/2016

Please note that to accommodate Yom Kippur, our monthly meeting will be held on the third Tuesday of the month, not the second. That’s October 18th, not October 11th.

The meeting, as always, will take place at the Theater Center at 210 West 50th Street, beginning at 5pm and running until 6pm.

See you there!

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 10/23/2016
CASTING FOR OFF BROADWAY: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO OPENING

We are pleased to announce our next FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR (with free bagels!):

CASTING FOR OFF BROADWAY: FROM DEVELOPMENT TO OPENING
Sunday, October 23rd at noon
The Anne L. Bernstein Theater in The Theater Center
210 West 50th Street

Please note that while admission is FREE, pre-registration is mandatory. To register, go to OffBroadwayCasting.eventbrite.com.

The seminar will discuss the process of casting a show from the early development stage of workshops and readings up to production in the Off Broadway arena. It will feature director Thomas Caruso (Southern Comfort at the Public, Associate Director of Matilda and director of the National Tour) and casting directors Michael Cassara (Spamilton, Gigantic, Forbidden Broadway, I Love Lucy Live on Stage), Paul Hardt (Red Bull Theater, The Bodyguard, Josephine, Chasing Rainbows), Cindi Rush (Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Silence!, Urinetown). Hugh Hysell, producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will moderate the discussion based on questions submitted by attendees.

For more information about the event and our panelists, click here.

VIDEO FROM THE 2016 OBA AWARDS

For those of you who weren’t able to join us at the 2016 OBA Awards this past June, we’ve got plenty of video from the event. Check it out here!

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 2/7/2016 – “WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY OOPS”

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion. Spots are filling up fast! Sign up HERE or go to http://whatilearnedseminar.eventbrite.com/

The seminar, titled “What I Learned From My Oops!” will feature ROBERT AHRENS (Xanadu, Evita, Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony and the upcoming Disaster), SHARON FALLON (NYMF, Beautiful, Matilda the Musical and the upcoming Gotta Dance), MARTIN PLATT (Dames at Sea, My Life as a Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility) and TOM SMEDES (The Visit, Peter and the Starcatcher, Naked Boys Singing, and the upcoming Bandstand). HUGH HYSELL (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher and North American Arts and Theater lead for Groupon) will moderate the discussion.

The seminar will discuss what lessons they have learned when things didn’t go quite as well as planned. These industry insiders will share stories about what one does when faced with certain unforeseen challenges.

“What I Learned From My Oops!” will be held on the 4th floor of The Theater Center in the Anne L Bernstein Theater, 210 West 50th Street (at Broadway). Doors will open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is free, however reservations are a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. These questions will be asked live at the seminar.

About The Panelists:

ROBERT AHRENS is producing a new musical comedy called Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick that will open at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway in March 2016. The show will star Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, and Rachel York. Robert presented The Temptations and The Four Tops on Broadway in 2014, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway in 2012, and Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony on Broadway in 2011. All three concerts were critical and commercial successes, receiving strong reviews and selling at over 90%. Robert co-produced the Broadway revival of Evita, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Ricky Martin. The show was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, and five Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Robert executive produced the UK version of Finding Neverland for Harvey Weinstein at the Leicester Curve Theatre in 2012. The musical was directed by Rob Ashford with a book by Allan Knee, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. Robert developed the musical Xanadu with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Christopher Ashley. Robert lead-produced the show on Broadway where it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical. The show was also nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Robert also produced Xanadu on U.S. national tour, as a sit-down production in Chicago, and in Japan. He subsequently licensed first class productions in Germany, Brazil, South Korea, and Australia, and stock & amateur rights to Music Theatre International.Robert also produced the feature film, Book of Love, written and directed by Alan Brown. The film debuted in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Robert currently teaches a graduate level course on producing commercial theatre at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. He began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank and graduated from Cornell.

SHARON FALLON (Sharon Fallon Productions/Practical Producing) is an independent Theatre Producer, General Manager and Consultant. Her consulting practice, Practical Producing, specializes in bridging the gap between art and business. She works with early career and emerging producers to help them create productions that are both financially viable and artistically satisfying. She has worked in the theatre for over 20 years as an actress, director and producer both in the commercial and not for profit sector, and began her commercial producing career as the producing associate of Lewis Allen, (Associate Producer of the Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport, starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen. Associate Producer/General Manager of the development productions of Tru, Mr. Goldwyn, Wildwood and Carnival Knowledge, among others).In addition to producing, Sharon was the Associate General Manager of both the Helen Hayes Theatre and Lyric Theatre in New York. An advocate for new work and development, Sharon began working with the New York Musical Theatre Festival during its inception years, where she produced a early version of NERDS (opening on Broadway in April). She joined the Board of Directors of the NYMF in 2005 and served as board Chair for 6 years. Sharon is also an active member of the Broadway League and is very involved with the League’s Mentoring Program. She is currently involved with Beautiful (Broadway, London & National Tour), Matilda The Musical and the Broadway bound Gotta Dance, and has a number of projects in development. She is also the Executive Producer of two new works that are in development, Pope! An Epic Musical and The Bench, a Journey into Love.

MARTIN PLATT has produced on London’s West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway; US and UK tours, as well as European Tours. His productions have won the Tony (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), the Obie (In The Continuum and The Oak Tree), Drama Desk, Drama League, and all other NY theatre awards. Several of his West End productions have been Olivier Award nominated. This season he was a lead producer on the Broadway production of Dames at Sea. As a GM (Perry Street Theatricals) he has worked off Broadway and is currently represented with BEDLAM’s Sense & Sensibility (Gym At Judson), Royal Family’s Rock And Roll Refugee and Date of A Lifetime (upcoming Off Broadway). Mr. Platt was also the founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and General Director of Birmingham Opera Theatre. As a director he has worked throughout the U.S., as well as in England, Austria, and Spain. More info at www.pstheatricals.com

TOM SMEDES’ producer credits include the Broadway productions of Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, Mothers and Sons, by Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly; Pippin (Tony Award); Peter and the Starcatcher – Broadway, Tour & Off-Broadway (Tony Nomination) and Next Fall (Tony Nomination) and [title of show]. In London, he produced The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) and Side By Side By Sondheim. Off-Broadway credits include The Judy Show, Naked Boys Singing!, Dog Sees God, The Women Of Lockerbie. Tom General Managed the Off-Broadway productions of SILENCE! The Musical, Desperate Writers, [title of show], Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway & Tour), Love Janis. UPCOMING BROADWAY: Bandstand. Please visit www.TomSmedes.com.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Monty Python’s Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The History Boys, Altar Boyz and Naked Boys Singing. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting promotion: “The Largest Coconut Orchestra Ever.” He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently performs as a cross dressing, crazed psychiatry patient in the Off Broadway production of Perfect Crime, and leads the National Broadway and Live Arts division for Groupon. He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 10/4/2015 – “GETTING BUTTS IN SEATS”

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

The seminar, titled “Getting Butts in Seats”  will feature AMANDA BOHAN from Amanda Bohan Marketing (Drop Dead Perfect, Would You Still Love Me If…, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes, The Imbible), DAN DEMELLO from DDPR (The Fantasticks, Perfect Crime, SCRUFF), LEANNE SCHANZER from Leanne Schanzer Promotions (Queen of the Night, Stomp, Fuerza Bruta, 39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, Producers, Hairspray), SUSAN L SCHULMAN from Schulman Publicity (Dancin’, Applause, Scapino, State Fair) and JOE TRENTACOSTA from JT PR (A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Gazillion Bubble Show, Clinton the Musical, A Queen for a Day). HUGH HYSELL (National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher) will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, 10/4/15

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 4th Floor

HOW IT WORKS:  The seminar will discuss the process of marketing and promoting shows using methods that don’t increase advertising expenses – methods that are essential Off Broadway, where advertising budgets are relatively small. Attendees will learn from industry insiders about how to use those methods – and how to plan marketing and promotion timelines to make a show a success.  In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW!  http://gettingbuttsinseatsseminar.eventbrite.com

 

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

AMANDA BOHAN (Amanda Bohan Marketing) is the owner & president of Amanda Bohan Marketing (ABM), a boutique full-service marketing and advertising company specializing in theatrical productions and arts & culture, with expertise in marketing& promotions, traditional & online advertising, and creative services. Some current/recent clients include: Hell’s BellesDrop Dead Perfect, Would You Still Love Me If…, In Bed With Roy Cohn, Boogie Stomp, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes, The ImbibleA Queen for a DayFor The Last Time: A New Jazz MusicalApplication Pending, Tectonic Theater Project, Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, Urban Stages, All For One Theater, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Amanda got her start in digital marketing for the arts at Situation Interactive, and was previously Vice President of Marketing at Davenport Theatrical. In addition to her theatrical experience, she has also worked on the digital and social media strategy for IKEA, Citibank, Campbell’s Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, Colgate, Chevron, and Yum! Brands. www.AmandaBohan.com

DAN DEMELLO (DDPR) is a publicist specializing in entertainment and technology. He has coordinated press campaigns in the United States, Canada, Germany and the U.K. In the past 13 years he’s publicized hundreds of Off Broadway productions and countless galas and major events. DDPR clients include Pan Asian Repertory Theater, Working Theater, NY Deaf Theatre, Psycho Clan, InViolet Theater Company, The Snapple Theater Center, NYC’s Most Horrifying Haunted Attraction: “Nightmare”, Full Bunny Contact Extreme Egg Hunt (which he also produces), as well as two of the longest running shows in NYC history – The Fantasticks and Perfect Crime. In addition to his work in entertainment he serves as public relations director for one of the largest gay dating applications in the world, SCRUFF.  www.facebook.com/DWDPR

LEANNE SCHANZER (Leanne Schanzer Promotions) a pioneer in the field of theatrical marketing, is founder of Leanne Schanzer Promotions, Inc. LSP is a full-service boutique marketing agency creating innovative strategic campaigns for 35+ years focusing on media placement (on full/partial trade), partnerships, promotions, viral outreaches, events & appearances.  LSP’s services continue to set the standard for marketing excellence and has delivered heightened brand awareness and effective sales driven campaigns for over 450 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, theater companies and entertainment venues including Queen of the Night, Stomp, Fuerza Bruta, 39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, Producers, Hairspray, NYC Opera, MTC, Roundabout, Second Stage, Classic Stage Company, NJPAC & more.   www.LeanneSchanzerPromotions.com

SUSAN L SCHULMAN (Schulman Publicity) has been a theatrical press agent for over 40 years handling Broadway and off-Broadway plays and musicals, dance, cabaret, books, special events and individual personalities.  The native New Yorker, Susan is a graduate of NYU with a Masters’ degree in Theatre from Columbia University. Susan’s many Broadway productions include Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, State Fair, Lauren Bacall in Applause, George C. Scott in Sly Fox and Death of a Salesman, Jim Dale in Scapino, Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Dream, plus such not-for-profit institutions as The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Feld Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, The Circle in the Square and the Manhattan Theatre Club.  She has headed Public Relations Departments at CBS Entertainment, USA Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network and served as a Theatre panelist for NYSCA for several years.  Her memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY, is one of Amazon’s 100 Best Selling books on theater.   www.schulmanpublicity.com

JOE TRENTACOSA (JT Public Relations) is the founder and president of JT Public Relations, a full service entertainment public relations firm. For over 15 years he has handled projects on Broadway, Off-Broadway, festival productions, industry readings, films in release, film festivals, non-profit organizations, and special events. Selected projects include the multiracial Broadway productions of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway projects include the long running hit The Gazillion Bubble Show and the recent run of Clinton the Musical and A Queen for a Day, the upcoming film Lost Cat Corona starring Ralph Macchio. Over the years he has worked with names such as Tony Randall, James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard, Blair Underwood, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, John Travolta, Al Pacino, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman and many more. www.jt-pr.net

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral (just celebrated his 19th month in both shows) and leads the National Broadway and Live Arts division for Groupon. He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

 

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 4/26/2015 – “Building the Off Broadway Team”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

The seminar, titled “Building the Off Broadway Team”  will feature JIM BRADY from Maximum Entertainment (50 Shades The Musical Parody, Found The Musical, The Lion), DANIEL KUNEY from Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions (39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Altar Boyz), ROBERT LEVINSTEIN from 22Q Entertainment (My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral, 2015 national tour of Always Patsy Cline), MARTIN PLATT from Perry Street Theatrical (My Life as a Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan). HUGH HYSELL (National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher) will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, April 26, 2015

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS:  The seminar will discuss the process of building the various teams (ranging from creative, design, marketing/advertising management and production teams) necessary to create a successful Off Broadway show. Attendees will learn from industry insiders about how those teams are created as well as timelines for success.  In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW!  http://buildingtheoffbroadwayteam.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

JIM BRADY joined Maximum Entertainment Productions in 2014, a producing, developing and management company founded in 2005 by Eva Price, Avram Freedberg and Mary Beth Dale. General Management credits on Broadway, Off Broadway, and On Tour include: 50 Shades, The Musical Parody (NY & Tour); The Lion; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Found The Musical; Blank! The Musical. More info at www.maximumcompany.com

DANIEL KUNEY is a General Manager with Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions & Management. Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fela!, Reasons to be Pretty, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming, Talk Radio. Off-Broadway: Heathers, Altar Boyz, Dog Sees God, My Name is Rachel Corrie, In Masks Outrageous. More info at www.roygabayproductions.com

ROBERT LEVINSTEIN  Co-Founder/Executive Producer of 22Q Entertainment LLC, a NYC based production company specializing in site-specific theatre as well as producing corporate events, general management, and casting.  Robert is General Manager of the Off-Broadway hits My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral.  Later this Fall 22Q Entertainment is producing a mini tour of the hit Off-Broadway production of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.  Robert and 22Q Entertainment were nominated for a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for their Producing work on Tainted Dreams, a new online soap opera.  Under his leadership, 22Q was also lead producer of the critically acclaimed NYC premieres of The Spoon River Project in the historic Green-wood Cemetery and It is Done produced in a working bar.  An award winning Los Angeles production of It Is Done was also produced by 22Q Entertainment. Robert is Associate Producer for Shakespeare on the Sound, a non-profit organization providing free Shakespeare in the Park to the Darien/Rowayton area of Connecticut.  Robert spent 10 years of his career splitting his time between NYC and the Historic Ogunquit Playhouse, starting out as Production Stage Manager and then taking over the role of Associate Producer. More info at  www.22qentertainment.com

MARTIN PLATT has produced on London’s West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway; US and UK tours, as well as European Tours. His productions have won the Tony (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), the Obie (In The Continuum and The Oak Tree), Drama Desk, Drama League, and all other NY theatre awards. Several of his West End productions have been Olivier Award nominated. As a GM (Perry Street Theatricals) he has worked off Broadway as well as having several pre-Broadway projects coming up. Mr. Platt was also the founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and General Director of Birmingham Opera Theatre. As a director he has worked throughout the U.S., as well as in England, Austria, and Spain. More info at www.pstheatricals.com

HUGH HYSELL (Moderator)
Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral(just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 1/25/2015 OFF BROADWAY SHARK TANK

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

OFF BROADWAY SHARK TANK – or HOW TO PITCH A PRODUCER will feature EDMUND GAYNES  (owner of St Lukes Theater and The Actors Temple Theater and producer of Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Cougar The Musical, Zero Hour) and BARBARA WHITMAN (Fun Home, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then).  HUGH HYSELL, National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher, will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, January 25, 2015

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS: The seminar will discuss the process of pitching a producer and the audience will observe three pre-selected teams pitch their shows to the team of theater “Sharks” (in a SHARK TANK format) in the hopes of making a deal. In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW! http://offbroadwaysharktank.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

EDMUND GAYNES  (Panelist) 
As a theatre producer, Mr. Gaynes’ Off-Broadway productions include the current hitBlack Angels Over Tuskegee, as well as recent long-running productions of Zero Hour(Drama Desk Award), Cougar The Musical,  The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk & Lortel nominee), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, Picon Pie and Bein’ With Behan, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. He produced the West Coast premieres of Marry Me a Little and Starting Here, Starting Now and was nominated for four Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ highest theatre honors, for his productions of The Taffetas and Songs the Girls Sang. Mr. Gaynes also produced the National Tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, playing coast to coast. He owns two Off-Broadway theatres in New York City: St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, as well as the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center, the Avery Schreiber Playhouse and the BrickHouse Theatre in Los Angeles.  He has also appeared as an actor in 13 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows includingGreenwillow with Anthony Perkins, The Body Beautiful  with Jack Warden, Promenade with Madeline Kahn, Edward Albee’s Bartleby and Best Foot Forward, in which he co-starred with Christopher Walken and Liza Minnelli and sang “Buckle Down, Winsocki” on the original cast album. Directors he has worked with include Elia Kazan, Stella Adler, Herb Ross, George Abbott, George Roy Hill, Bobby Lewis, Peter Hunt, George Schaeffer, Robert Moore, Alan Schneider, Joe Layton, Gene Saks, Martin Charnin and Jerome Robbins. TV credits range from Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan” to “Cheers”, “Kojak”, a recurring role on “The Patty Duke Show”, “N.Y.P.D.”, “The Sid Caesar Hour”, “Playhouse 90”, “The Ed Sullivan Show”, among many others, as well as a two-year run as Paul Stewart on “As the World Turns”.

BARBARA WHITMAN  (Panelist) 
Current productions include Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Michael C. Hall (Tony and Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revival), If/Then starring Idina Menzel,, and on tour, Murder for Two.  This spring she will also be represented by Fun Home.  Other credits include Hands on a HardbodyRed (Tony and Drama Desk Award, Best Play),Next to Normal (Pulitzer), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary StuartLegally Blonde – The Musical… Spelling BeeDirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Raisin in the Sun. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She’s on the Board of the Tectonic Theater Project and the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will.

HUGH HYSELL (Moderator)
Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral(just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 9/28/2014 RAISING MONEY FOR OFF BROADWAY

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers. Sign up now!

The seminar, titled “Raising Money for Off Broadway Shows” will feature KEN DAVENPORT (It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots , Altar Boyz, Awesome 80’s Prom), ROBERT DRIEMEYER (Forbidden Broadway, The Two-Character Play, La Cage aux Folles) and MEREDITH LUCIO (Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). HUGH HYSELL, National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher, will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, September 28, 2014

TIME: Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS: The seminar will discuss the process of raising money to produce an Off Broadway show from financing the early development stage of readings and workshops to finding investors for productions in the Off Broadway arena. * Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW! Click here (RSVP by 9/26/14)

 

About The Panelists:

KEN DAVENPORT Broadway: It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit, 13. Off-Broadway: The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time, Altar BoyzMiss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. Featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone and named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40,” Ken is the writer of the popular blog TheProducersPerspective.com. Other projects include smartphone app AT THE BOOTH™, and Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. Upcoming: Somewhere in Time, Gettin’ The Band Back Together

ROBERT DRIEMEYER was an associate producer of the 2010 Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles and a producer of Elling on Broadway. Off Broadway, he produced Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, and was an associate producer of Forbidden Broadway. He produced Slap&Tickle by David Parr and directed by David Drake in Provincetown, MA; and co-produced the 2004 pre-election event Dear George: Letters to the President which was presented in 40 theatres nationwide. Robert has been a presentations and graphics consultant at major investment banks and is an alumnus of the Commercial Theatre Institute.

MEREDITH LUCIO Meredith Lucio made her Off-Broadway debut (so-to-speak) as an Associate Producer of Off-Broadway’s Rooms: a rock romance. Other Off-Broadway: Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Revival, 2014) and The 39 Steps. Broadway productions: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical, 2012.) Other productions: From Broadway with Love: a Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, (PBS). Meredith served as the Program Director for TRU’s Producer Mentorship Program and has been a panelist for the Commercial Theater Institute. She is currently developing a theater game app (release date Jan/2015) as well as two new plays for West End/Broadway.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical, and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral (just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

For more information, visit http://raisingmoneyforoffbroadway.eventbrite.com