Speakers

Heidi Schreck

Pulitzer Prize Finalist – What The Constitution Means to Me

Keynote Speaker

Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. What the Constitution Means to Me was recently named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Obie Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play. Heidi also received two Tony Award nominations for What the Constitution Means to Me for Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play and received the 2019 Benjamin Hadley Danks Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Her play Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatres in 2014-15, won the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Screenwriting credits include “I Love Dick,” “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie”. Heidi has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, Kenyon College, and Primary Stages. She is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award. She is also the recipient of the Horton Foote and the Hull-Warriner playwriting awards from the Dramatists Guild.

Joe Iconis

Tony-nominated Composer, Lyricist and Playwright – Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter

Keynote Speaker

Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer, composer and lyricist. He has been nominated for a Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, a Richard Rodgers Award, and is a former Ars Nova artist-in-residence.  Joe’s musical Be More Chill (with Joe Tracz) debuted in March 2019 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Pershing Square Signature Center and a world premiere at Two River Theatre. He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams; Barrington Stage Company and Greenwich House Theater Off-Broadway), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT) The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. Musicals currently in development include The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (with Gregory S. Moss; directed by Christopher Ashley), Punk Rock Girl and Love in Hate Nation. His music appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s “Smash,” with his song “Broadway, Here I Come!” hailed by The New York Times as a new entry in The Great American Songbook. Albums: Be More Chill (OCR), which has been streamed over 220 million times; Things To Ruin (OCR); Two-Player Game, and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records.

Ken Davenport

Producer

Presenter, Get Your Show Off The Ground

Ken is a Tony Award-winning producer of Broadway and Off Broadway shows, including most recently Once on This Island (2018 Tony Award Best Musical Revival), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Groundhog Day: The Musical, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and The Play That Goes Wrong. Davenport has revolutionized the Broadway market with his diverse approaches at engaging audiences through his shows, as well as supported the Broadway ecosystem through a number of his own subsidiary businesses. He is an internationally recognized and award-winning writer of several Broadway and Off Broadway shows as well as several books about producing, Broadway investing, and how to raise money for shows. Additionally, he is the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Tyler Mount

Producer, Social Influencer

Emcee

Tyler Mount is a Tony-winning producer and one of the industry’s most noted social influencers. As the creator of The Tyler Mount Vlog, he has been seen by over three million people in 168 countries world-wide, and has served as an influencer for hundreds of Broadway productions and prestigious international brands. Featured by both The New York Times and Forbes Magazine, his series has featured such noted industry professionals including Gloria Estefan, Perez Hilton, Jerry Mitchell, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Billy Porter.

Currently the Senior Manager of Social Media at NBCUniversal, Tyler is an industry-leading expert in growing your social following and reaching your target audience. His work in the theatre community is far-reaching, serving as an influencer and spokesperson for such esteemed organizations as the Junior Theatre Festival, BroadwayCon, The Drama League, and The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards.

Mount’s Broadway credits include: Hadestown, The Inheritance, Once On This Island, On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, An American in Paris, Viva Broadway: Gloria Estefan LIVE!, and The Cradle Will Rock starring Patti LuPone.

Follow his Broadway journey all year long – @TylerGMount

Justin Guarini

Performer

Emcee

Justin Guarini’s robust performance career launched with the first season of American Idol in 2002. His stage and screen appearances since then include Broadway productions of American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet, Wicked, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Justin has hosted shows like Idol Wrap and Idol Tonight along with live events for the TV Guide Network, the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. He continues to reprise his role as the lovable Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper.

Justin is a generous humanitarian: he has advocated for music education funding on Capitol Hill by lobbying for the International Music Products Association. He has worked with Education Through Music Los Angeles, a nonprofit utilizing music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence in underserved communities. Justin has also partnered with RandomActs.org and GISH.com to participate in global kindness campaigns.

In 2019, Justin founded The Warrior Artist Alliance to help performers achieve success in a challenging industry. He shares his tips, tricks, breadth of experience, and warrior mindset with a community of performers through podcasts, blogs, and dynamic training programs.

Justin is dedicated to his loving family; his wife, daughter, and sons make up his happy home. It is here that he draws his support and the desire to live his best life.

Margaret Skoglund

General Manager

Panel: Budgeting For Every Stage of Development

Margaret Skoglund is a General Manager and the Chief Operating Officer at KGM. Select past management experience includes What the Constitution Means to Me, Mamma Mia!, Once On This Island, Gettin’ the Band Back Together, and Side Show on Broadway as well as The Lion King and Newsies First National Tours. A proud Duke University alumna, she served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors after managing the basketball team for four years as a student. In New York City, Margaret volunteers for iMentor and is the Executive Director of Open Stage Project, a non-profit she launched with other female-identifying Broadway professionals to expose high school women from underserved communities to backstage jobs. Member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).

Arvind E. David

Producer, Writer

Panel: Diversity In The Arts

Arvind Ethan David is a producer and writer of films, television, comics, and theatre.

In theatre, David is a lead producer on the Jagged Little Pill musical, based on the renowned album by Alanis Morissette currently in previews at the Broadhurst Theatre. Additionally, he is the producer of legendary British comedian David Baddiel and Erran Baron Cohen’s The Infidel – The Musical, based on their hit film of the same name, for which he also wrote additional lyrics.

In television, David was most recently Executive Producer of the acclaimed BBC America/Netflix series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, starring Elijah Wood. David has produced eight feature films, including the British hit comedy The Infidel, and The Garden Of Evening Mists for HBO Asia, which is currently nominated for 9 Golden Horse Awards, due to open theatrical in Asia in early 2020. David is also a comic book writer, whose credits include the Stoker Award-Nominated Darkness Visible, which he is adapting for television for Intrepid Pictures (The Haunting of Hill House) and IDW Entertainment and currently working on an original graphic novel for Ted Adams’ Clover Press. Due to open in 2020, David is also producing an immersive theatrical escape room experience called The Ladder in partnership with internationally acclaimed Hatch Escapes, based in LA.

Aisha Jackson

Actor

Panel: Diversity In The Arts

Aisha Jackson is from College Park, Georgia! She moved to the city in 2013 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. She made her Broadway debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and was a member of the original cast of Waitress. She is currently the standby for Anna in Frozen.

Morgan Marcell

Actor, Director

Panel: Diversity In The Arts

Morgan is an actor/director based in New York. Shortly after moving to the city, Morgan opened Hamilton on Broadway (OBC, Peggy Maria Cover, Dance Captain) and went on to originate musicals such as Bandstand and most recently, Moulin Rouge. She can be seen in the FX series Fosse/Verdon and also acted as assistant choreographer. As founder of The Eliza Project, Morgan directed her first documentary called Sharing Our Stories: The Eliza Project, seen at the Napa Valley Film Festival and in the Smithsonian Archives. Other credits: TOUR: In The Heights; TV/FILM: Law & Order, RENT Live!, SDRR, Limitless, Lip Sync Battle.

Itamar Moses

Playwright

Panel: Navigating the Collaborative Process (Creating New Works)

Itamar Moses is the Tony Award-winning author of the full-length plays OUTRAGE, BACH AT LEIPZIG, CELEBRITY ROW, THE FOUR OF US, YELLOWJACKETS, BACK BACK BACK, COMPLETENESS, and THE WHISTLEBLOWER, the musicals NOBODY LOVES YOU (with Gaby Alter), FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE (with Michael Friedman), and THE BAND’S VISIT (with David Yazbek), and the evening of short plays LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Venezuela, Turkey and Chile, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. Other awards for his work include Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie awards in New York, as well as awards from the Portland, San Diego, Dallas, and Bay Area Theatre Critics Circles. He’s received new play commissions from The McCarter, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, and The Goodman. Television work includes MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, OUTSIDERS, and THE AFFAIR. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Born in Berkeley, CA, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Ted Chapin

President/Chief Creative Officer – R&H Org: A Concord Company

Panel: Securing Rights

Ted Chapin was chosen by the Rodgers and Hammerstein families to run their office. He expanded it into the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, which continues to be responsible for management of the copyrights created by Richard Rodgers and/or Oscar Hammerstein II. On his watch, there have been new major productions of their musicals on Broadway (eight Tony Awards for Best Revival so far – Oklahoma!, On Your Toes, Carousel, Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, The King and I – twice!), in London, and around the world. He brought in the representation of other extraordinary musical artists including Irving Berlin. In addition to revivals, he has encouraged new Broadway productions, among them Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, State Fair, A Grand Night for Singing, and Holiday Inn, and major highly rated television productions The Sound of Music Live! on NBC and the multi-racial Cinderella with Whitney Houston on ABC.

Ted was the co-founder of the Encores! series at New York City Center, chairman of the American Theater Wing, and has been a host and interviewer on many television shows, including three seasons of NJTV’s American Songbook at NJPAC, and Working in the Theater and Careers in the Theater for the Wing. He appears in various documentary films on the musical theater. He was the producer of the 2018 and 2019 seasons of the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series. His first program was the well-received Jonathan Groff in the Bobby Darin Songbook. In 2003 his book Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies,” based on his experience as the production assistant on the original Broadway production of the Sondheim/Prince musical, was published by Knopf. It won both an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award and a Special Jury Prize for Distinguished Achievement by the Theatre Library Association. It is currently in print by Applause Books.

Currently he serves on several boards including New York City Center, The American Theater Wing, Goodspeed Musicals, and the Kurt Weill Foundation, where he serves as Chairman. He is an Emeritus Trustee of Connecticut College. He has been on panels of the National Endowment for the Arts, served as a judge several times for the Lotte Lenya Competition, was a speaker at the initial Kent Presents, and has been a guest lecturer at many universities including Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Duke, Pace, Belmont, Lawrence, and NYU. He has been honored with the UJA Excellence in Theater Award, the Leonard Harris Award from City Center, and awards from TDF, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, Career Bridges, Symphony Space, and the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

His career began as production assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies, The Rothschilds, and The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, and as associate to director Alan Arkin on the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys and the CBS-TV production of Twigs with Carol Burnett. He was also, odd though it may sound, the musical director for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts mounted by the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Darnetha Lincoln M’Baye

Music Supervisor/Owner – Ibis Eye Consulting

Panel: Securing Rights To Sought After Material

Darnetha Lincoln M’Baye is a seasoned professional in the field of music supervision and clearance, and she currently serves as VP, Head of Music for Lively McCabe Entertainment. Her work in music began twenty years ago at EMI Music Publishing, rising from assistant to VP of Film & Stage before departing. Darnetha joined Lively McCabe from Alchemation LLC, the producing office of Kevin McCollum, where she also served as a music consultant on a mix of productions. Her roster of past projects includes Escape To Margaritaville, The Boys In The Band, Rock & Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story, Head Over Heels, and Hand To God. Currently, Darnetha oversees all music activities for Lively McCabe, including work on Joe Iconis’ Punk Rock Girl and May We All, a co-production with country music stars, Florida-Georgia Line. Darnetha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University.

Elysa Gardner

Theater Critic – New York Stage Review

Panel: What Do Critics Look For In 2019?

Elysa Gardner is a critic for New York Stage Review and hosts the podcasts “Develop Your Character,” for Camp Broadway, and “Stage Door Sessions” for Broadway Direct, where she is a regular contributor. She also covers cabaret for the New York Times and has written for Town & Country, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, the BBC and USA Today, where she was theater and music critic until 2016. She served on the Pulitzer Prize drama jury in 2015 and chaired it in 2017.

Jessica Johnson

Press Agent/Co-Founder – Polk & Co.

Panel: Getting Press For Your Project

Jessica is a founding member of Polk & Co., working alongside Matt Polk as a press agent for Roundabout Theatre Company since 2003. She has managed and contributed to over 200 publicity & marketing campaigns for Broadway musicals, plays, special projects and film. Recent highlights include the Broadway productions of The Sound Inside starring Mary-Louise Parker; Kerry Washington’s return to Broadway in American Son; the Tony-nominated revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts; the international launch of Ahrens & Flaherty’s Anastasia the Musical; and the live TV event “RENT Live”. Previously at Boneau/Bryan-Brown for 10 years, she also managed the U.S. publicity campaigns for National Theatre Live (2009-2013); the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors including James Corden’s Tony award-winning campaign; and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s NY residency. Jessica is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She has a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College.​

Ashley Chang

Dramaturg – Playwrights Horizons

Panel: What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One

Ashley Chang is pursuing a Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama, where she examines the intersections of theater, performance, and ecology in scholarly criticism and artistic practice from the 1990s to the present. Her research interests include ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, literary theory and critical methods, science studies and the history of science, interdisciplinarity and disciplinary formation, and contemporary theater and performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in English and Philosophy from Stanford University. She has presented her research at Modern Language Association (MLA), American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR), and the Beyond Humanism Conference Series. Additionally, she is a co-convener of the Ecology & Performance Working Group at the ASTR/TLA Annual Conference. Her writing has been published in Global Performance Studies, Cuntemporary, and POV paper. She is the recipient of two Mark Blankenship Awards and a Writing Fellowship from Yale School of Drama, as well as a Digital Humanities Lab Seed Grant from Yale University to create Performap, an interactive digital map of global theater and performance festivals later developed by TheTheatreTimes.com. She has taught at Playwrights Horizons Theater School in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Purchase College, and University of New Haven, and she has served as a teaching fellow at Yale College and Yale School of Drama. Following appointments as Artistic Associate at Page 73, Literary Associate at Yale Repertory Theatre, Co-Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret’s 49th season, and Managing Editor of the Yale Theater Management Knowledge Base, she is now Dramaturg at Playwrights Horizons.

David Caparelliotis

Casting Director – David Caparelliotis Casting

Panel: Casting Superpowers Share How They Cast a Project and Find New Talent

DAVID CAPARELLIOTIS recently opened his own casting office to cast for theatre, film and television. He continues his 13-year relationship with Manhattan Theatre Club by casting three-to-four shows for them a year, in addition to artistic consulting. Broadway credits include: Doubt, Rabbit Hole, Translations, Sight Unseen, The Violet Hour, Proof, The Tale Of The Allergist’s Wife, plus Hitchcock Blonde and Reckless with Mary Louise Parker on the West End. Notable Off-Broadway credits include tick, tick…BOOM!, Altar Boyz,, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Modern Orthodox directed by James Lapine, Wonder of the World with Sarah Jessica Parker and The Santaland Diaries at Philadelphia’s City Theatre. He has worked on numerous plays including works by Tony Kushner, Sam Shephard, Jon Robin Baitz, David Lindsay-Abaire, John Patrick Shanley, Terrence McNally and A. R. Gurney. David is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and a member of the Casting Society of America.

Jamil Jude

Director, Producer, Playwright, Dramaturg, Artistic Direct – True Colors Theatre

Panel: Navigating The Collaborative Process (Creating New Works)

Jamil Jude is a director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg. Self-identifying as an “Artist Plus”, Jamil feels most at home bringing socially relevant art to the community.

Jamil is the Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival. He previously served as Associate Artistic Director at True Colors from 2017-2019. Jamil is former participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. The program provided him a residency at Park Square Theatre, in St. Paul, MN, where he worked as the Artistic Programming Associate, and was mentored by Richard Cook, Artistic Director. Prior to that, he served as the National New Play Network (NNPN) Producer in Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre Company for three seasons. He remains an Affiliated Artist with NNPN. Before joining the staff at Mixed Blood, Jamil served as a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. His interest in social justice and theatre continues to drive his work, including co-founding a culturally relevant theatre company, Colored People’s Theatre, in Washington, DC.

Jamil has helmed productions for D.C. area companies such as Olney Theatre and Forum Theatre, Curious Theatre in Denver, Colorado, as well as various Twin Cities’ theatre companies, including Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Stages Theatre Company, Daleko Arts and Lakeshore Players. Jamil has also taught and directed at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

Jamil’s upcoming directing project is Dominique Morisseau’s PARADISE BLUE at True Colors Theatre.
As a playwright, Jamil was the 2013/14 Jerome Many Voices Mentee at The Playwrights’ Center, where he remains an affiliated writer. He has been commissioned by CLIMB Theatre and has been produced by CLIMB and by the D.C. Black Theater Festival.

Benjamin Simpson

Co-Founder/Producer/General Manger – Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals

Panel: Raising Money For Your Show At All Stage of Development

Benjamin Simpson is the co-founder of Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals, a theatrical producing and general management firm alongside Joseph Longthorne. He is also the co-founder of Fourth Wall Productions, a theatrical ticketing agency that specializes in dynamic ticket pricing and group sales for Broadway shows. Currently, he is producing Our Dear Dead Drug Lord alongside Women’s Project and Second Stage. As a theatrical producer Benjamin has won two Tony Awards for his co-producing work on The Band’s Visit and Hello, Dolly. Other notable co-producing credits include Waitress (Broadway and National Tour – Tony Nomination), Oh Hello On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House Part 2 (Tony Nomination), Meteor Shower, and Be More Chill. As a General Manager he has worked on productions such as Blank! The Musical (Residency @ The Green Room 42), OSCAR at The Crown (3 Dollar Bill), Made In America (Joe’s Pub @ The Public Theatre), Eh Dah? Questions For My Father (NYTW Next Door) and numerous productions at the New York Musical Festival. He sits on the Young Professionals Board of CO/LAB Theater Group. Benjamin is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory.

Douglas Lyons

Actor, Writer, Composer

Panel: Diversity in the Arts

Douglas Lyons is an actor, writer, director, composer and playwright. Broadway: Beautiful (Original Cast) and The Book of Mormon. Tours: Rent, Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon 1st’ National. As a writer: Polkadots (Off Broadway Alliance Winner Best Family Show, Atlantic Theater Company). Five Points (MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, Theatre Latte Da), currently in development with Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler. Beau (Adirondack Theatre Festival, album now out on Sony Masterworks), Pete(Her)Pan (Pace New Musicals). Upcoming: Chicken & Biscuits at The Queens Theatre. With composer Ethan Pakchar his lyrics have played Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Bucks County Playhouse, The Old Globe, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Rep, and more. He’s currently in residence at The Directors Company. @DouglasSings

Scott Landis

Producer – Universal Music Group

Panel: Securing Rights To Sought After Material

Scott Landis is an award winning producer who has produced dozens of plays and musicals on Broadway and in The West End. His credits include the first ever revival of Funny Girl in London and a subsequent UK tour last year. He won a Tony for this past season’s Best New Play The Ferryman.

He produced this season’s The Height Of The Storm which stars Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins with Manhattan Theatre Club which is a transfer of his successful London production.

Scott is the worldwide theatrical advisor for Universal Music Group, which is the largest music company in the world. He is developing new musicals with a myriad of their artists.

Past credits include Twelfth Night and Richard III starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, The Children’s Hour starring Keira Knightly, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn, Venus In Fur, Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, La Bete starring Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley, The River starring Hugh Jackman and The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Kelli O’Hara among others.

Melvin Tunstall III

Writer/ Actor

Panel: Diversity In The Arts

Melvin Tunstall III is a graduate of the acclaimed Musical Theater Program at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is currently appearing in the Broadway smash hit Beautiful: the Carole King Musical and has been seen internationally in the original Toronto company of Rock of Ages, and the new European Tour Cast of Ain’t Misbehavin. Other professional credits include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Flick in Violet, Jim in Big River and Victor in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Also a budding writer and director, Melvin wrote the book to the TYA phenomenon Polkadots, and continues to work on his newest project Higgins in Harlem: a new Pygmalion in New York City.

Sheryl Kaller

Director

Panel: Getting 80 Hours Out Of Your 29-Hour Reading

Sheryl Kaller directed Winnie Holzman’s original play Choice (2015) at the Huntington. Ms. Kaller has Broadway credits that include Mothers and Sons and Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Director. She has directed at many theatres including Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, The New Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Primary Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Conservatory Theater, New York Stage and Film, Geffen Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Naked Angels. She has directed and developed a number of new plays and musicals with writers including Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Christopher Durang, Geoffrey Nauffts, Regina Taylor, Daniel Beaty, Dick Beebe, and Alan Menken.

Nathan Gehan

General Manager, Fifth Estate Entertainment

Panel: Getting 80 Hours Out of a 29-Hour Reading

Nathan brings twenty years of experience working for Broadway’s leading general management and producing firms. He is currently the President of Fifth Estate Entertainment. General Management credits include the Broadway productions of In Residence on Broadway, The Boys in the Band, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Audience, Living on Love, The Gin Game, Something Rotten!, Cirque du Soleil Paramour and Motown the Musical (and first national tour). He also served as an associate producer on Billy Elliot in Seoul, South Korea. Company Management credits include the Broadway productions of Motown the Musical, Evita, A View From the Bridge, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, 42nd Street and the national tours of Shrek, Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Keith Sherman

Press Agent, Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations

Panel: Preparing Your Pitch: The Art of Pitching a Producer

Keith Sherman enjoys a communications career that began in the theatre and grew to include film, television, global events, media, music, lifestyles, sports and international brands through his company, Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations, which was founded in 1989. Ksa-pr.com Keith has represented more than 300 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, He ran public relations for the Tony Awards for 18 years on behalf of The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. For a decade he did PR for The New York Times. Since 1988 he has represented Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano and he handled insurance broker Marsh & McLennan for over a decade. Keith is in his seventh year representing the Drama Desk Awards and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Other current projects include: Colin Quinn, Chita Rivera Awards, The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, The Town Hall, and on behalf of the New York Archdiocese, he represents The Sheen Center. He is a member of two major entertainment publicity unions: The Association of Theatrical Press Agent and Managers (theatre) and The Publicists Guild (film). Keith operates the gallery, Helicline Fine Art, which offers American and European modern art.

Hal Luftig

Producer – The Hal Luftig Company

Panel: Preparing Your Pitch

Hal Luftig is currently the lead producer of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. Since opening at Stage 42 in February, this production has won Best Musical Revival Drama Desk Award (New York), Best Musical Revival Outer Critics Circle and Best Musical Revival Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Fiddler also received a special citation at the Drama Critics Circle. Other awards for Fiddler include the Lucille Lortel for Outstanding Lead Actor (Steven Skybell).

This spring, Hal celebrated six years of Kinky Boots. Since opening in New York in 2013, Kinky Boots has gone on to delight and move audiences across North America, in London, Europe, and Asia. It has garnered every major musical theater award along the way, including the Best Musical Tony Award (New York), the Best Musical Olivier Award (London), the Best Musical Grammy Award (U.S.), the Best Musical Dora Award (Toronto), the Korea Musical Theater Association Award, and many others.

As a leading producer of New York, London and global theater for 25 years, Hal has collaborated with some of its most brilliant creative artists. His productions have received 45 Tony Awards on Broadway. He has been honored personally with four Tony’s, and two Olivier Awards in London. His shows include new musicals, renowned plays, and beloved revivals: Death and the Maiden starring Glenn Close, Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfus; Jelly’s Last Jam starring Gregory Hines; Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; Moon Over Buffalo, starring Carol Burnett; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I; Natalie Portman in The Diary of Anne Frank; Annie Get Your Gun; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out; Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart at the Public Theater; Whoopi Goldberg’s Whoopi; Legally Blonde, the Musical; Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring John Lithgow, Diane Weist and Katie Holmes; Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story; Evita starring Ricky Martin; David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love; and The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper.

In New York, he most recently produced the Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God starring Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson, directed by Kenny Leon. Currently, Hal is developing My Very Own British Invasion which had a pre-Broadway run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in February 2019. He is also developing Becoming Nancy, to be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell at the Alliance in Atlanta. Hal has an MFA from Columbia University in New York, a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the State University of New York, and an ulcer from tension.

Adam Hess

General Manager – Daryl Roth Productions

Panel: Budgeting for Every Stage of Development

Adam Hess currently oversees the operation of all the companies within the Daryl Roth organization, comprised of the Theatre (venue), Management, Advertising, and Licensing divisions, and is an Associate Producer for Daryl Roth Productions. He began his career with the company as the General Manager for the Daryl Roth Theatre in 2001 where he supervised the construction of the DR2 Theatre, the renovation of the main venue, creation and renovation of the D-Lounge, the formation and development of the general management company, and the establishment of the advertising and licensing division. Hailing from Toronto, Adam has a diverse theatrical background that includes being an original cast member of the Harold Prince/Susan Stroman helmed production of Show Boat, the European Tour of Crazy For You (u/s Bobby Childs), and a voyage around the world singing and dancing on board Holland America’s ship The Rotterdam. Mr. Hess holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he received a M.F.A. in Theatre Management and Producing. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and is President Emeritus of the Off-Broadway League.

Chris Jones

Chief Theater Critic – Chicago Tribune

Panel: What Do Critics Look For In 2019?

Chris Jones is chief theater critic and culture columnist for the Chicago Tribune. He also serves as Broadway critic for the New York Daily News and a critic for WBBM-Ch. 2. His latest book is “Rise Up! Broadway and American Society from ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton.'” He has a Ph.D. from Ohio State and lives in Chicago with his wife and sons.

Rick Miramontez

Press Agent – DKC/O&M

Panel: Press For Your Projects

RICK MIRAMONTEZ began his career, direct from college, as the press director of the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre where he organized the campaigns for more than 25 major productions, including the RSC’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and world premieres of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, and James Kirkwood’s infamous Legends! (starring Mary Martin and Carol Channing, and documented in Kirkwood’s hilarious book, “Diary of a Mad Playwright”). He was the press director for the 1987 and 1990 Los Angeles Festival (the latter under the direction of Peter Sellars), seminal events in the American cultural world, where he introduced Cirque du Soleil to the U.S. media, as well as Peter Brook’s epic The Mahabharata.

 

From 1988-1996, Miramontez headed his own firm, Rick Miramontez Company, which represented many of the major arts events on the West Coast, including the American Premiere of Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cirque du Soleil at Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, The Groundlings, and UK/LA (the latter complete with Royal Visits by HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duke of York). His office, located in the art deco headquarters of La Opinion, was a hub partly responsible for the renaissance of the new Downtown L.A.

 

In New York, Miramontez (with his friends and colleagues Richard Kornberg, John Barlow and Michael Hartman) was behind the press campaigns for Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among others, and was account executive for Rent, The Producers, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, to name a few.

 

As President and Founder of O&M Co., he has represented many of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning hits, including Hadestown; Oklahoma! Dear Evan Hansen; Hello, Dolly!; Fun Home; Kinky Boots, Beautiful; The Humans; Clybourne Park; Hair; School of Rock; Cats; and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, to name a few.

 

The artists with whom he has worked include Karole Armitage, Bea Arthur, Lauren Bacall, Alan Bates, Alison Bechdel, Ingmar Bergman’s, Bono, Fernando Botero, Matthew Broderick, Peter Brook, John Cage, Glenn Close, David Copperfield, Hume Cronyn, Merce Cunningham, The Del Rubio Triplets, Eve Ensler, Harvey Fierstein, Joel Grey, Lillian Hellman, Charlton Heston, David Hockney, David Henry Hwang, Jay Johnson, Sidney Kingsley, Eartha Kitt, Larry Kramer, Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth LeCompte, John Lithgow, Dorothy Loudon, Patti Carole King, LuPone, Dorothy McGuire, Sir Ian McKellen, Bette Midler, Arthur Miller, Jack O’Brien, John Osborne, Jonathan Pryce, Chita Rivera, David Rockwell, George Rose, Peter Shaffer, Neil Simon, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Sondheim, Jessica Tandy, Julie Taymor, Tommy Tune, Sir Peter Ustinov, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, among countless others.

Tara Rubin

Casting Director

Panel: Casting Superpowers

Tara started her company in April, 2001 after working for 15 years as a Casting Director at Johnson-Liff Associates. During those years she worked on productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jerry Zaks’ revival of Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. She also cast the daytime drama Another World.

At Tara Rubin Casting, she and her colleagues cast the Broadway musicals Ain’t Too Proud, Dear Evan Hansen, The Band’s Visit, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Producers.They recently completed their 15th season as Casting Directors for Yale Repertory Theater and have worked with many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, The Williamstown Theater Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Arena Stage, and The Westport Country Playhouse.

Tara graduated with honors from Boston University and serves on the board of the Casting Society of America. She is a trustee of Noel Coward Foundation.

Jenna Clark Embrey

Literary Manager

Panel: What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One

Jenna Clark Embrey is a creative consultant who helps people tell more powerful stories across film, television, theater, events, and corporate branding. She is currently the Literary Manager at Signature Theatre, where she has served as dramaturg for over twenty productions. Her other projects include Julia Doolittle’s TELL THEM I’M STILL YOUNG, produced by Andre Braugher, and SONGBIRD by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard. Jenna is also the creator of THROTTLE QUEENS, the based-on-real-life story of drag racing ladies in 1950s Kansas City, currently being developed for the screen. She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/ Moscow Art Theater School for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Jenna is the owner and founder of Salt Girl Consulting. The photo is by Marc J. Franklin for Playbill.

Tom Kirdahy

Producer

Panel: Raising Money For Your Show

Tom Kirdahy is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer whose projects have spanned Broadway, off-Broadway, the West End, and national and international tours. He is currently represented on Broadway by HADESTOWN (8 Tony Awards including Best Musical). Other select Broadway credits: Terrence McNally’s FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, ANASTASIA, IT’S ONLY A PLAY, THE VISIT (5 Tony noms.). Select West End credits: THE INHERITANCE (4 Olivier Awards including Best New Play), THE JUNGLE, Edward Albee’s THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?. Select off-Broadway credits: THE JUNGLE, WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT. Additional Tony nominations: MOTHERS AND SONS, AFTER MIDNIGHT, RAGTIME, MASTER CLASS. This fall, he’s producing THE INHERITANCE in its highly-anticipated Broadway premiere as well as the off-Broadway revival of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS starring Tammy Blanchard, Jonathan Groff, and Christian Borle.

Earlier this year, Kirdahy received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Broadway League Government Relations Committee, is on the Board of Trustees of BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDs, and is a founding director of the nonprofit Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights, Inc., which supports emerging playwrights. As an attorney, Kirdahy spent nearly two decades providing free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS and served for many years on the Executive Committee of the NYC LGBT Center. Kirdahy is a proud alum of NYU and NYU School of Law.

Mara Isaacs

Producer

Panel: Raising Money For Your Show

Mara Isaacs (Producer) is a Tony® Award winning producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, an independent company dedicated fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national and international audiences. She has produced over 150 productions that have been seen on Broadway (Hadestown, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Translations, Anna in the Tropics, Electra), off-Broadway (Hadestown, Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods, The Brother/Sister Plays, Crowns, The Laramie Project), at theaters and performing arts centers around the US and the world (UK, Europe, Middle East, South America, South Africa, Canada). Current projects include Iphigenia by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding; Somi’s Dreaming Zenzile by Somi Kakoma; Theatre for One; andAn Iliad starring Denis O’Hare. She is director of Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals, and Artistic Advisor to Fiasco Theater. She is proud to produce the work of Theatre For One, Phantom Limb Company, Song of the Goat Theatre and more. She served as Producing Director at McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ for 18 seasons and previously produced new play development programs and productions for Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She is currently visiting faculty for CalArts School of Theatre and for Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. www.octopustheatricals.com

Jill Rafson

Associate Artistic Director, Roundabout Theater Company

Panel: What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One

Jill Rafson is the Director of New Play Development for Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as the Artistic Producer for the Roundabout Underground program in support of emerging playwrights. In addition to developing dozens of new works for Roundabout (including Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning The Humans, Ming Peiffer’s Drama Desk-nominated Usual Girls, and Adam Gwon/Michael Mitnick’s musical Scotland, PA), Jill has been a dramaturg for the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference, Collaboration Town, The Playwrights’ Center, Fault Line Theatre, and the Flea Theatre’s acclaimed 48-playwright epic reimagining of the Bible, The Mysteries. Jill has worked with The Broadway League, New York City Center, and ART/NY. She was a member of NYFA’s Emerging Arts Leaders program and has taught/lectured for the Commercial Theatre Institute, ESPA, Kenyon College, and others. Jill received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Adam Feldman

Theater & Director Editor, Chief Theater Critic, Time Out New York

Panel: What Do Critics Look For In 2019?

Adam Feldman is the Theater and Dance Editor and chief theater critic at Time Out New York, where he has been a staff writer since 2003. He is the president of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.

Dori Berinstein

Broadway Producer, The Prom & Co-creator, Broadway Podcast Network

Panel: Preparing Your Pitch: The Art of Pitching Producers

Dori is a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, Olivier winner and an Emmy-award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television.

Currently, Dori is the lead producer of The Prom, a new original Broadway musical comedy with gigantic heart and a timely message of ‘acceptance’

Dori’s other Broadway shows include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award – Best Play Revival); Legally Blonde: The Musical (Olivier Award – Best Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award – Best Musical), The Crucible, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award – Best Play Revival), Fool Moon (Special Tony Award), Big: The Musical, Flower Drum Song, Enchanted April and Golden Child.

Dori is the recipient of Broadway’s Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing and the Jacob Burns Media Film Center’s Visionary Award. She curates and moderates the ‘Life on Stage’ program for The Actors Fund and is co-founder of Camp Broadway and producer of the Lights of Broadway Trading Cards.

As a FILMMAKER, Dori directed, wrote and produced: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love (Emmy Award / American Masters); Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (Showtime); Gotta Dance (adapted for the stage as Half Time); Some Assembly Required, ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway (Showtime) and the award-winning documentary short The Last Blintz.

Dori executive produced and/or supervised over 100 feature, special f/x and/or animated productions, including Isaac Mizrahi’s Unzipped, Dirty Dancing and Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D for Walt Disney Imagineering ahd she has worked as a Producer and/or an Executive for DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, NBC, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Oxygen Media, Vestron Pictures, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Dori began her career as an M&A Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley.

JACK PHILLIPS MOORE

Dramaturg

Panel: What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One

Jack Phillips Moore is a dramaturg from Washington, DC. He serves as the Director of New Artists at The Public Theater, where he has been a member of the artistic staff since 2012. He has actively served the development of dozens of new plays and musicals through programs like the Emerging Writers Group and Public Studio, including new work by Celine Song, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, Hansol Jung and Martyna Majok. He has taught courses in theater history and administration at NYU and Syracuse University and has served on many juries and selection panels for Playwrights Realm, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Leah Ryan Prize and the Kilroys, among many others. Jack holds a BA from New York University and lives in Brooklyn.

Andrew Lippa

Composer

Panel: Navigating the Collaborative Process (New Works)

Andrew Lippa’s “Unbreakable” had its world premiere with The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on June 22nd and 23rd, 2018 with 300 artists onstage, including Mr. Lippa. He conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a new production of his “A Little Princess” in concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall in May, 2018 to a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,000 people. His hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s “Descendants”. Written for Kristin Chenoweth, that soundtrack hit #1 on the “Billboard 200” album chart, #1 on the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts. “Evil Like Me” was certified gold in 2017. His epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra and soloists, I Am Harvey Milk has seen over 30 productions including Disney Hall and Lincoln Center. Andrew’s new musical, The Man in the Ceiling, is set to release a world premiere studio album in May of 2019.

Broadway credits include: Music and lyrics for Big Fish directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family (directed by Jerry Zaks) as well as the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention (directed by Des McAnuff). Other musicals include the Drama Desk award winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics); A Little Princess (music); john & jen (music/book); Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics); Life of the Party (a compendium of Mr. Lippa’s works); and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements).

Awards include Tony and Grammy nominations; shared Emmy for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets”; SFGMC Vanguard Award; The Drama Desk Award; The Outer Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves as president of the board of The Dramatists Guild Foundation (dgf.org).andrewlippa.com

West Hyler

Producing Artistic Director, NYMF

Panel: Launchpads For Your Project

West Hyler currently serves as the Producing Artistic Director of the New York Musical Festival. His most notable credit is the Broadway musical, Cirque Du Soleil Paramour, which is currently playing an open-ended run in Germany. Other directing work includes Big Apple Circus (Lincoln Center), Panda! (Palazzo Theater, Las Vegas), iLuminate (New World Stages), Air Play (New Victory Theater, Int’l Tour), Chandelier (Celebrity Cruise Lines), Shrek (Bulgarian National Opera), Avenue Q (State Puppet Theater of Bulgaria, Icarus Award Winner), Djembe! (Apollo theater, Jeff Award Nominee), H2O (59E59), Wingman, Kid Who Would be Pope (Ars Nova), Getting My Act Together, Game of Love (York Theater Company), Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), Georama, The Disappearing Man (St Louis Rep, St Louis Critics Circle Award Winner), No Way to Treat a Lady (The Colony Theater, Ovation Award Nominee), amongst many others. He was the associate director on Jersey Boys from 2006-2012 and staged seven international productions of the blockbuster musical. He was a Drama League Directing Fellow, Drama League Resident Artist, and won New York Musical Festival award in 2017 for Outstanding Direction for Georama (which he co-wrote with Matt Schatz and Jack Herrick). MFA, UCSD

Bart Sher

Director, To Kill A Mockingbird, South Pacific, My Fair Lady

Panel: Navigating the Collaborative Process (New Works)

Bartlett Sher (Director) Most recent Broadway credits include To Kill a Mockingbird at the Shubert Theatre (2019 Tony nomination for Best Director). He is also Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, where he won a Tony Award for his production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (which he also directed in London and Australia); and was nominated for Tony Awards for his LCT productions of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady; Oslo (2017 Tony Award for Best Play, Obie Award; also National Theatre, London), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (also London), Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. His other LCT productions include Blood and Gifts and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also London). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Drama Desk Award), The Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway: Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also Royal Shakespeare Company), Don Juan, Pericles (TFANA, BAM). He was the Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre (2000–2009) and was previously Company Director for the Guthrie Theater and Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage. Opera: Rigoletto (Staatsoper); Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago); Faust (Baden Baden); Two Boys (ENO, Metropolitan Opera); Barbiere di Siviglia (Baden Baden, Metropolitan Opera); Otello, Il Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). He currently serves on the board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Upcoming work includes the film of Oslo, written by JT Rogers & produced by Marc Platt; and Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the opera Intimate Apparel, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by Lynn Nottage, based off of her play of the same name.

Lori Rosolowsky

Founder/CEO – Open Sky Artists

Panel: How To Market Your Project

Lori Rosolowsky is a collaborative pianist, event producer, and the Founder and CEO of Open Sky Artists, a consulting firm and marketing agency committed to helping performing artists — and the institutions that rely on them — build their brand and grow their audience. Based in Montana and serving clients throughout the United States, Lori is an advocate for the artist and their art. Her clients and partners include Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Broadway’s Justin Guarini, Montana State University, and NYC’s premier network of jazz musicians. Learn more about Lori and the work she does at www.openskyartists.com

Charlotte Wilcox

General Manager

Panel: Budgeting For Every Stage of Development

CHARLOTTE WILCOX (General Manager) After growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State Charlotte headed to Gettysburg College where she studied to be a Latin teacher and spent her free time working with Owl & Nightingale, the college theatre group. By the time she graduated she had given up the idea of teaching for a potential career on the stage but it wasn’t long after landing in New York that she realized her journey would be one outside of the onstage spotlight.

Charlotte landed her first job in New York as a secretary – yes, in those days they were called secretaries – for two producers who shared offices – Michael Ellis who was in the throes of producing ANGELA starring Geraldine Page and Simon Oakland, CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN by Lonne Elder IIII and WHO’S HAPPY NOW written by Oliver Hailey, Jr. and directed by Stanley Prager and also the team of Kenneth Waissman and Maxine Fox who were producing their first show, FORTUNE AND MEN’S EYES directed by Sal Mineo.

After a brief stint working for an advertising executive at National General Pictures, in the early 70’s she joined THEATRE NOW, INC. a management company led by William Court Cohen which specialized in Bus and Truck tours (1776, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF). In addition to opening up the touring markets with recent Broadway hits Theatre Now served as the General Manager for a number of Broadway shows such as the Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox production of GREASE which opened at the Eden Theatre. An instant success the show moved to the Broadhurst in June of 1972 and settled in at the Royale Theatre in November of 1972 where in 1980 it became the longest running musical. (Charlotte has since managed both the Rosie O’Donnell version produced by Barry and Fran Weissler in 1994, and the recent revival starring Laura Osnes and Max Crum who were cast by the TV show YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT. She hopes to have one more GREASE under her belt before she retires.)

The day after the opening of another Waissman and Fox production, OVER HERE, Charlotte moved from Theatre Now into her first GM job with Barry and Fran Weissler’s NATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY, one of the top touring children’s theatre companies in the nation. For three years she oversaw three to four touring companies per year – each one doing two shows in repertory and playing at schools and colleges across the country. The shows ranged from classics like TOM SAWYER and THE MIRACLE WORKER starring Mercedes Ruehl to original shows such as DECLARATION and FEELIN’ GOOD.

In 1976 she returned to Theatre Now as an Associate General Manager where she worked closely with the Zev Buffman team who moved current Broadway plays from the New York stage to the Florida stages of TOPA in Miami, the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale and the Coconut Grove Playhouse as well as producing musicals for Broadway. Under the mentorship of Norman Rothstein she worked on THE KING AND I starring Yul Brynner, the 1979 revival of OKLAHOMA directed by William Hammerstein, and BRIGADOON. While still at Theatre Now her first she moved into her first General Manager job with the Tony Tanner version of JOSPEH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Still at Theatre Now she went on to manage STEEL MAGNOLIAS, the international companies of THE CANTON ACROBATS and THE PEKING OPERA, OBA OBA in a Las Vegas casino, ON YOUR TOES starring Natalia Makarova on tour, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF starring Topol, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF starring Kathleen Turner, and an American tour of the Zefferrelli production of SWAN LAKE for Milan’s LA SCALA BALLET.

In 1990 she started the Charlotte Wilcox Company and has managed over 40 musicals and one play, CYRANO starring Kevin Klein and Jennifer Garner. Previous productions include CITY OF ANGELS on tour, MY FAIR LADY starring Richard Chamberlain, GREASE starring Rosie O’Donnell, DAMN YANKEES starring Jerry Lewis, BUSKER ALLEY, ON THE WATERFRONT, CHICAGO, STREET CORNER SYMPHONY, RAGTIME, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE FULL MONTY, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BY JEEVES, STONES IN HIS POCKET on tour, TABOO, BOMBAY DREAMS , SUNSET BOULEVARD starring Petula Clark, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE WEDDING SINGER, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Twyla Tharp’s THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, GREASE starring Laura Osnes & Max Crum, CYRANO, [TITLE OF SHOW], WEST SIDE STORY, COME FLY AWAY, ELF, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, WONDERLAND, GODSPELL, ON A CLEAR DAY, ELF, JEKYLL & HYDE, BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical, ON YOUR FEET, ALLEGIANCE, SUNSET BOULEVARD starring Glenn Close, and BANDSTAND.

She has overseen ROMAN HOLIDAY, EVER AFTER and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES on their journey to Broadway and looks forward to seeing them there in the coming seasons. She is currently overseeing BEAUTIFUL in the US and around the world and managing the forthcoming Broadway production of ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME written by Jon Hartmere using the music of Britney Spears.

Larry Rogowsky

Producer, In Fine Company

Panel: Practice Your Pitch Session

Larry is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer. Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning revival of Angels In America, Moulin Rouge!, Jagged Little Pill, M. Butterfly, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 , Significant Other, and Disaster!. Off -Broadway: The Other Josh Cohen and Cagney at the Westside Theatre. In Chicago: A Taste Of Things To Come. Upcoming: The Outsiders. Larry is a champion for youth theatre and delights in bringing his seven-year-old son to the New Victory Theatre for their seasons. Larry is a member of the Angels Circle at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and has been a Host Committee member for their annual Broadway Backwards concert. www.InFineCompany.com

Robert Walport

Producer

Panel: Launchpads For Your Projects

Robert Walport, as part of Walport Productions with his partner Carol Walport, is a producer of US and UK productions including ‘Once On This Island’ (Broadway, Tony Award), ‘Overheard at Joe’s’ (Off-Broadway), ‘Zach Zimmerman: Clean Comedy’ (Off Broadway, Edinburgh Festival) and upcoming ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Broadway) and Curtains (UK Tour). He has invested in over a dozen theatrical projects and serves on the Board of HERE Arts Center and the Prototype Festival.

Ciera Iveson

New Works Director, NAMT

Panel: Launchpads For Your Project

Ciera Iveson is the New Works Director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and produces the Annaul Festival of New Musicals. Additionally, she oversees all of the New Works and Festival programs for NAMT including the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, New Works Summits and Writers Roundtables. Prior to NAMT, Ciera was the Festival Producer for the Village Originals Festival of New Musicals at Village Theatre. To date, she worked on over 70 new musicals in various stages of development, from first drafts to world premieres. In addition to musical theatre producing, she also worked in Seattle developing contemporary performance pieces and new plays with On the Boards and The Town Theatre. From 2015-2016, she was the Associate Producer and a board member for SHOWTUNES Theatre Company. Ciera is a graduate of Emerson College.

Kait Kerrigan

Lyricist, Bookwriter, Playwright

Moderator: Launchpads For Your Project

Kait Kerrigan is an award-winning lyricist, bookwriter, and playwright. Off-Broadway: THE MAD ONES (THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN), HENRY AND MUDGE, both written with composer Brian Lowdermilk. Other musicals include EARTHRISE (lyrics), world premiere at the Kennedy Center in July 2019; ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, & FRIENDS (lyrics), currently on its second national tour with TheatreworksUSA; immersive musical THE BAD YEARS (book and lyrics) directed by Sam Buntrock; REPUBLIC (book and lyrics) developed by Hunter Arnold, directed by Michael Arden; and the upcoming KILL THE BOY BAND (lyrics), directed by Warren Carlyle. Other musicals included IRENA (book and lyrics) with composer Megan Cavallari, and THE OTHER KIND (book) with singer/songwriter Rachael Cantu. Kerrigan’s plays include FATHER/DAUGHTER (Theatreworks New Works, Weston New Works) , DISASTER RELIEF (Page 73’s Page 2), IMAGINARY LOVE (World Premiere – Hapgood Theatre), and TRANSIT (Chautauqua Theatre Company’s New Works). Her work has been developed by Goodspeed, La Jolla, Aurora, Theatreworks/Silicone Valley, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Lark Play Development, Primary Stages, Weston Playhouse, and others. Awards: Kleban (libretto-writing), Larson (lyric-writing), Theatre Hall of Fame Most Promising Lyricist. Alumna of Dramatists Guild Fellow, Page 73’s Interstate 73, Barnard College, BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Co-founder of the digital sheet music start-up NewMusicalTheatre.com. @kaitkerrigan on all social media.

Bret Shuford

Actor and creator Broadway Life

Moderator: Preparing Your Pitch: The Art of Pitching Producers

Shuford’s Broadway credits include Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour, Amazing Grace, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Other N.Y. credits include Actors Fund Benefit performances of A Wonderful Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On the Twentieth Century, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Shuford’s credits outside of New York City include the National Tour of Lincoln Center’s South Pacific and Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. He originated the role of Vernon Castle in Castlewalk, a new musical presented as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He has sung with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Shuford also has been seen on TV and Web series including Law and Order SVU, Alpha House, Submissions Only, and My Dirty Little Secret. His film credits include Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Bedfellows, and Uncle Melvin’s Apartment.

Arturo E. Porazzi

Broadway Stage Manager

Moderator: Getting 80 hours out of your 29-hour reading

Arturo E. Porazzi (Stage Manager) is 45-plus year veteran AEA Production Stage Manager. Broadway credits: Come From Away, The Illusionists, First Date, Memphis, the 2010 Best Musical Tony Award, Xanadu, Chita Rivera, The Dancer’s Life, Dessa Rose, Marie Christine, Triumph of Love, Victor/Victoria, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Jelly’s Last Jam, Me And My Girl, Singin’ In the Rain, The Three Musketeers, Zorba, Marilyn, an American Fable, 42ndStreet (original 1980 production and 2001 revival), Angel, My Old Friends, and Shenandoah. Regional Theatre credits as well. Other credits include corporate communications and special events for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, NBC Universal, CBS-TV, Telemundo, FOX-TV and ESPN. A former board member of the Stage Managers’ Association, he was awarded the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in 2017.

Ben Feldman

Producer and Entertainment Attorney

Moderator: Budgeting for Every Stage of Development

Ben Feldman is a member of the Broadway League. Ben has been a lead producer on Broadway and has earned nominations for three Tony Awards (winning once, for Pippin). Ben has been above the title on both plays and musicals, and on both new works and revivals, since he started producing in 2013. He also has produced Off and Off-Off Broadway, and has served on the boards of the Hourglass Group and Ars Nova. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Symphony Space and is a Director at the Chase Brock Experience. Ben garnered much of his Broadway experience as a representative of authors (he was thanked at the Tony Awards when his clients won the score and libretto awards for Urinetown) and as the production counsel for shows including the “Best Musical” winner Memphis. Ben is currently producing the film adaptation of Urinetown and has associate produced three motion pictures.

Beth Stevens

Founder/Managing Editor – Broadway.com

Moderator: Budgeting for Every Stage of Development

Beth Stevens is an Emmy-winning writer, editor, producer, coach, consultant and on-air personality, who has worked in the theater industry for over 20 years. You may have seen her as a co-host of Front Row and The Broadway.com Show, as a frequent host of the show and podcast Live at Five, or on JetBlue, American Airlines, or Delta from the comfort of your airline seat. Beth has written for numerous magazines, newspapers, online publications and literary journals. She co-wrote and helped produce the Emmy-winning CBS Special At the Tonys and has worked for such companies as Bravo Television, Barrington Stage Company, Warner Brothers, the Sundance Institute, Richard Frankel Productions and, most importantly, Broadway.com, where she is a founding editor and has served as Managing Editor since its launch back when you were probably in middle school.

Pat Cook

Senior Director of Musical Theatre & Jazz – BMI

Moderator: Navigating the Collaborative Process (New Works)

Patrick Cook is the Senior Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz for BMI, where he is also Artistic Director of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He was the winner of the 2001 Ed Kleban Award for outstanding lyrics.

Among his theatre credits are his musical “Captains Courageous,” written with collaborator Frederick Freyer, which was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical. In his early career, Cook was an actor appearing in several Broadway productions including “A Mother’s Kisses” with Beatrice Arthur, and the National Tour of “1776.” He was a regular on the PBS series “Feeling Good.”

Mr. Cook has been associated with the BMI Workshop for more than 35 years as a writer, and as a moderator for the past 19 years.

Eric C. Webb

Director of Creative Development – Davenport Theatrical Enterprises

Moderator: What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One

ERIC C. WEBB is the Director of Creative Development for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises and Artistic Director for March Forth Productions as well as a writer and freelance dramaturg.

For Davenport Theatrical, Eric scouts and aids in developing new stage and film properties as well as providing script consultation and educational programming for the playwriting community, including running monthly Writer’s Groups and hosting Shut Up and Write events and Collaborator Speed Dates. Eric has also acted as reader and dramaturg for Young Playwrights Inc and the Inkwell Theatre, and has served as juror for the New York Musical Festival. With March Forth Productions, Eric aided the development of Gina Femia’s one-woman show, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About, curates the annual Summer Reading Salon, as well as curating and contributing to the inaugural horror/comedy anthology show, Krampusnacht. Previously, Eric served as Literary Manager for La Vie Productions, Associate Literary Manager for the 2008 John Gassner New Play Festival, and provided production dramaturgy for numerous shows in New York City and Long Island.

Mo Brady

Podcast Co-Creator/Host – The Ensemblist

Moderator: Getting Press For Your Projects

Mo Brady co-creator, podcast host and content director of The Ensemblist, the online advocate for talented artists working in theatre ensembles on Broadway and across the country. What started as an audio podcast for those curious about how Broadway really works turned into a movement to champion theatre artists and the multitudes of talents.

He is the Communications Projects Manager for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that unites theatre artists and theatre lovers to help those in need. As a member of their communications team, he conceptualizes, develops and creates social media campaigns to promote Broadway Flea Market, Broadway Bares, their audience appeal seasons and more.

Before joining the Broadway Cares team, he was a performer working on Broadway and regionally across the country. He made his Broadway debut in The Addams Family, where he understudied the role of Lucas Bieneke (Wednesday’s boyfriend). He also recurred in the second season of the NBC television series “Smash” as Gabe, a performer in “Hit List” on their journey from off-Broadway to the Tony Awards.

Mo lives in New Jersey with his husband and their three-year-old son.

John Schwab

Actor/Director/Producer/Co-Founder – Curtain Call

Moderator: Securing Rights To Sought After Material

John Schwab is an Actor, Director and Producer. He also co-founded Curtain Call (www.curtaincallonline.com) along with photographer Matt Humphrey.

Although originally from Florida, he has lived in London for the past 25 years. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous West End and touring productions, including Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare, Bible and America shows, True West, and the world premieres of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Ajax and Cargo and has performed on more than 120 stages across the UK and Europe. John has directed numerous play workshops as well as Stop! – The Play in London’s West End.

His film and television credits include Trust, Jurassic World 2, The Catcher Was a Spy, Zero Dark Thirty, The Fifth Estate, Kick Ass 2, Jack Ryan and Doctor Who. He is currently filming the Netflix Series The Queen’s Gambit.

John is also an award winning filmmaker and was nominated for a BIFA for his feature film producing debut The Hide.

Matt Rodin

Host, Performer, Creator, Podcaster

Moderator: Casting Superpowers Share How They Cast a Project and Find New Talent

Matt Rodin believes that love is who we are. Everything he does is in an effort to tap into people’s light so that we can connect more deeply with ourselves and one another. He’s a queer maker of music, media, characters, and campfires and is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. He’s the creator and host of The Red Carpet Challenge on Broadway,com, his personal podcast: Matt Rodin Radio, and a monthly gathering called Urban Campfire.

Blake Ross

Co-owner, Broadway At Work

Moderator: Raising Money For Your Show At All Stages of Development

Blake Ross spent 7 years as the youngest-ever Editor in Chief at Playbill and proudly saw it through its highest trafficked time in the company’s history. She is the co-founder of Playbill Pride, an annual initiative that still continues today. Prior to that, she worked at the world-renowned public relations firm Sunshine, Sachs, where she worked with clients like Barbra Streisand, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, and The Actors Fund.

Now, she teaches other leaders to work better with Broadway At Work, leading storytelling, leadership, team-building and brand evolution workshops for professionals looking to up their game. The power of Broadway compels us.

Contact her at blake@broadwayatwork.com

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