James Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance. Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours. His performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Milk earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy Pineapple Express, in which he starred opposite Seth Rogen. He is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man trilogy. Franco most recently starred in the comedy This Is The End with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride as well as Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful and Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. He will again co-star with Jonah Hill in True Story for New Regency and will also star in Paul Haggis’ Third Person. He just wrapped production on Wim Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine and is currently shooting The Interview, again with Seth Rogen. Franco’s additional credits include Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love starring opposite Julia Roberts, Shawn Levy’s comedy Date Night, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, where he played the famous poet Allen Ginsberg, George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe; Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah; Karen Moncrieff‘s ensemble drama The Dead Girl; Tommy O’Haver’s drama An American Crime; John Dahl’s The Great Raid; Robert Altman’s The Company; as well as City By The Sea opposite Robert DeNiro and the Martin Scorsese produced Deuces Wild. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series “Freaks and Geeks.” Aside from his acting accomplishments, Franco has also established himself as a director in several films. He wrote and directed The Feast of Stephen, which premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a “Saturday Night Live” episode, which originally premiered at SXSW and The Clerk’s Tale, which premiered at Cannes. Franco also wrote and directed a biography on poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. He recently produced Kink, a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Recently, he directed and starred in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying based on the classic novel, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and directed Sal, a bio-pic based on the life of Sal Mineo, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Both films were released this fall. He starred in, co-wrote and directed the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, which premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. He is also working on an adaptation of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, which he stars in and directs.
Chris O’Dowd will next be seen in the Untitled Lance Armstrong Project for Working Title directed by Stephen Frears opposite Ben Foster. Theatre credits include the critically acclaimed and sold out Druid production of The Playboy of the Western World directed by Garry Hynes and the Royal Court production of Under the Blue Sky. Chris was most recently seen starring in Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires. Chris plays Dave, the manager of four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls as they learn about love, friendship, and war when their singing group “The Sapphires” entertains the US troops in Vietnam. The film, already released in Australia breaking box office records, garnered Chris the AACTA Award (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) for “Best Lead Actor” and The Sapphires won the award for “Best Film.” The film screened at various film festivals throughout the world and received several awards and nominations for Best Feature. The Sapphires will be released in the US by The Weinstein Company on March 22nd. Chris is well known for his starring role in Bridesmaids opposite Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. For his role in the film, Chris was nominated for a BAFTA “Rising Star Award,” a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” and won the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Film.” Bridesmaids, directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, received two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe Award nomination for “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical,” and was recognized by AFI as “Movie of the Year.” The film also won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for “Best Comedy Movie,” a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Comedy Movie” and was recognized by individual critics’ groups throughout the country for “Best Acting Ensemble.” Bridesmaids was also a box office success making almost $300 million worldwide. Chris’ other upcoming features include John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary opposite Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson and James Griffiths’ Cuban Fur opposite Rashida Jones and Ian McShane. Chris also stars in the HBO/BBC series “Family Tree” which was created by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. Chris wrote and produced a TV series based on his childhood titled “Moone Boy.” The series revolves around a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky, small-town Irish family in the 1980s. The series was recognized by the Irish Film and Television Awards as “Best Entertainment Programme” and Chris was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor – TV” and “Best Script Drama.” Additionally the show was nominated for “Best New Comedy Programme” by the British Comedy Awards. “Moone Boy” premiered on Sky One in the UK and will air on Hulu in 2013. The show has been picked up for a third season and in addition to writing and producing, Chris will direct all the upcoming episodes. Chris was recently seen starring in Lena Dunham’s HBO series, “Girls” and Judd Apatow’s This is 40. His other film credits include Thor 2 opposite Natalie Portman; Chris Wedge’s animated film Epic opposite Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Seyfried, and Aziz Ansari; Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids opposite Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph; Jay Roach’s Dinner for Schmucks opposite Paul Rudd and Steve Carell; Rob Letterman’s Gullivers Travels starring opposite Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt; Richard Curtis’ FOX, The Boat that Rocked opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and Gareth Carrivick’s Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel opposite Anna Faris. Chris also starred in Festiva which was nominated for two BAFTA Awards including “Best British Film,” and won him a BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Actor in a Scottish Film.” Chris’ other television credits include starring in the cult comedy series, “The It Crowd” for Channel 4 Television and the critically acclaimed series “Crimson Petal & The White”, a four part adaptation of Michael Faber’s best-selling novel directed by Marc Munden for BBC. He is well known in Ireland for having starred in the popular RTÉ One drama “The Clinic”, which earned him a nomination for an Irish Film & Television Award in 2003.
Leighton Meester, a South Florida native, began performing in regional theatre at the age of nine. As a teenager, she and her family relocated to New York City so Meester could pursue a career in acting. Her television career began with guest appearances on “Law & Order,” “Boston Public” and recurring roles on “24,” “Entourage” and “House.” In 2007, Meester rose to fame as “Blair Waldorf” on the long-running television series “Gossip Girl,” a role for which she received acclaim from such publications as Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and was named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful. Meester’s film credits include starring roles in in Country Strong (opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and country legend Tim McGraw), The Roommate, That's My Boy, Monte Carlo, and The Oranges (opposite Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Hugh Laurie); as well as cameo appearances in the films Going the Distance and Date Night (opposite Tina Fey and Steve Carell). Meester is also a singer/songwriter, who has showcased her vocal talents and lent her original music to many of her film and television projects. With an ever-evolving sound and distinct vision, she continues to tour the country performing her music. Meester is active in DKMS organization’s “Get Swabbed” campaign to battle blood cancer.
Jim Norton won a 2007 Olivier Award and a 2008 Tony Award for The Seafarer. In New York he has appeared in Finian's Rainbow (Encores and Broadway), The Weir (Olivier nomination); Juno and the Paycock at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Dublin Carol (Obie Award); and Port Authority at the Atlantic Theatre Company. National Theatre credits include The Veil, The Pillowman, Hamlet, Bedroom Farce, Comedians, St. Joan, Way Upstream, Tamberlaine, Playboy of the Western World and Chorus of Disapproval. At the Royal Court he appeared in The Contractor and The Changing Room. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water For Elephants, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Driving Lessons, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Oyster Farmer, and The Eclipse. TV includes “Frasier,” “Poirot,” “Star Trek: the Next Generation” and “Father Ted.” He has played characters as varied as Stan Laurel, Pirandello and Field Marshall Montgomery. He has recorded many audio books and the complete works of James Joyce for Naxos Audio Book (Sony Award).
Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Head of Passes (Steppenwolfe), Hurt Village, Two Trains Running (Signature); Titus Andronicus, Satellites (NYSF); Ajax (ART); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic London); Wildflower (2nd Stage); The Overwhelming (Roundabout); The Wooden Breeks (MCC); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance); Richard III (Public Theater, NY); The Exonerated; Othello (Royal Theatre, London); Our Lady of 121st Street; Jesus Hopped the A Train (LABryinth);Storefront Church (Atlantic Theatre). Television: "Low Winter Sun", "Raisin in the Sun", "NYPD Blue", "Law & Order".
Broadway debut. Tours: War Horse (Albert Naracott); Off-Broadway: Women Beware Women, (Red Bull); Viva Los Bastarditos; Regional: The Rainmaker, Government Inspector, Christmas Carol, (A.C.T.); Cymbeline, The Alchemist, (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Dracula, (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); The Walworth Farce, (Studio Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Pericles, (CalShakes); Servant of Two Masters, (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey); The Cradle Will Rock, Sicilian Nights (Frank Theater); Hansel and Gretel, Monkey King (Children’s Theater of Minneapolis); The Just, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard (Chautauqua Theater Company). TV: “The Good Wife.” St. Olaf College, M.F.A, American Conservatory Theater.
Joel Marsh Garland is making his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men. He has previously appeared Off-Broadway in Checkers at the Vineyard Theatre and Essential Self Defense at Playwrights Horizons. Film credits include: Limitless, The Bounty Hunter, The Night Listener, Lady in the Water, and The Believer. Television credits include: “Louie”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Bored to Death”, “Justified”, “The West Wing”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law and Order”, “Kings”, “Blue Bloods”, “Life on Mars”, “The Big C”, and “Kidnapped”. He can be seen regularly on Netflix’s original series “Orange is the New Black” as C.O. O’Neill.
NY Theatre: Ashville (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Uptown), Suicide Inc. (Roundabout Theatre), Middletown (Vineyard Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), BFE (Playwrights Horizons), Armed and Naked (Naked Angels). Regional: Extremities (The Berkshire Theatre Festival), Good People (The Old Globe), Our Town (Broad Stage), At Home at the Zoo (Arena Stage), Prayer for My Enemy (Intiman Theatre), Loves Labor’s Lost (Huntington Theatre), BFE (Long Wharf Theatre), The Skin of our Teeth (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cobb (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble). TV and Film: Olive Kitteridge, Unforgettable, “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Word,” “The Good Wife,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order.”
Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, Guys and Dolls. 1st National Tour: Billy Elliot. Regional: RII at Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena, CA, Marriage Play (Half ‘n Half ‘n Half) by John Kolvenbach (IRNE nomination Best Actor), Glengarry Glen Ross at Merrimack Rep., Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf, Hughie at Gare St. Lazare Players-Chicago, The Homecoming at Gare St. Lazare Players-Paris, Meryl Friedman’s adaptation of The Wasps at The Getty Villa, Candide at Weston Playhouse in VT, Scapin at American Blues Theatre. Film: A Mighty Wind, Contagion, Magnolia, Latter Days, Home Alone, Drunkboat, and the upcoming A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island. TV: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Vegas,” “Roswell,” “The Shield,” “West Wing,” “CSI,” “The Closer.”
Jim Parrack is from Allen, TX. He studies and teaches acting at Playhouse West and is proud to announce the opening of The Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab in Ft. Greene this March. This is his Broadway debut.
Anna D. Shapiro was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award® for her production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ award winning play, The Motherfucker with the Hat, starring Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale, and was awarded the 2008 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Direction of a Play for her production of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County (which she first directed at Steppenwolf, then on Broadway, in London, and at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia). Anna has been affiliated with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 1995, serving as the original director of the New Plays Initiative, later joining the artistic staff as Resident Director, Associate Artist and, since 2005, as an Ensemble member where her directing credits include A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris, Up by Bridget Carpenter, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Unmentionables by Bruce Norris (also at Yale Rep), the world premiere of Norris’ The Pain and the Itch (also at Playwrights Horizons in New York), Robert Anderson’s I Never Sang for My Father, the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ Man from Nebraska, (named by TIME Magazine as one of the Year’s Top Ten of 2003), The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Warren Leight’s Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Vail, Colorado), Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain and the world premiere of Bruce Norris’ The Infidel, among others. She recently staged Tracy Letts’ version of The Three Sisters at Steppenwolf in the summer of 2012. Other directing credits include Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram (Mark Taper Forum), Caryl Churchill’s A Number (American Conservatory Theatre), The Drawer Boy with Steppenwolf ensemble member John Mahoney (Paper Mill Playhouse), Iron (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jon Robin Baitz’ A Fair Country (Huntington Theatre, Boston) and Trafficking in Broken Hearts for Atlantic Theater Company. Shapiro is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Columbia College and the recipient of a 1996 Princess Grace Award, as well as the 2010 Princess Grace Statue Award. She is a full professor in Northwestern University's Department of Theatre and has served as the Director of the Graduate MFA Directing Program since 2002. Upcoming projects include Mr. Norris’ new play Domesticated at Lincoln Center Theatre and the Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Shapiro is also slated to direct the feature film, Heft, based on the novel by Liz Moore.
Born in Salinas, California, in 1902, John Steinbeck grew up in a fertile agricultural valley about twenty-five miles from the Pacific Coast—and both valley and coast would serve as settings for some of his best fiction. In 1919 he went to Stanford University, where he intermittently enrolled in literature and writing courses until he left in 1925 without taking a degree. For a year he supported himself as a laborer and journalist in New York City, and then he returned to California to write his first novel, Cup of Gold (1929). After marriage and a move to Pacific Grove, he published two California fictions, The Pastures of Heaven (1932) and To a God Unknown (1933), and worked on short stories later collected in The Long Valley (1938). Popular success and financial security came only with Tortilla Flat (1935), stories about Monterey’s paisanos. A ceaseless experimenter throughout his career, Steinbeck changed courses regularly. Three powerful novels of the late 1930s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle (1936), Of Mice and Men (1937), and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Early in the 1940s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village (1941) and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez (1941). He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away (1942) and the controversial play-novelette The Moon Is Down (1942). Cannery Row (1945); The Wayward Bus (1947); The Pearl (1947); A Russian Journal (1948); another experimental drama, Burning Bright (1950); and The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden (1952), an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family’s history. The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely. Later books include Sweet Thursday (1954), The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957), Once There Was a War (1958), The Winter of Our Discontent (1961), Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962), America and Americans (1966), and the posthumously published Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969), Viva Zapata! (1975), The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976), Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989), and Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War (2012). He died in 1968, having won a Nobel Prize in 1962.
Broadway: August: Osage County (Tony Award), The Mother Fu***er with the Hat (Tony nom.), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award Best Revival). Off-Broadway: Red Light Winter (world premiere), Domesticated (Lincoln Center). Big Apple Circus Set Designer for 6 seasons. International: National Theatre, London, Sydney Theater, Australia, Theatre Royal, Ireland. Regional: Steppenwolf (over 30 productions), Goodman (artistic partner), Guthrie, Mark Taper, La Jolla, Oregon Shakespeare, Berkeley and many others. Museum Exhibitions (Lead Designer): Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Other Awards: Helen Hayes, Ovation, Joseph Jefferson, Michael Merritt Award. Faculty, Northwestern University. MFA, Yale Drama.
Designer, London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony (Emmy Award, Art Direction), Production & Costume Designer 127 Hours (Art Directors Guild Nomination), Costume Design for Film: Slumdog Millionaire (Costume Designers Guild Award), Trance, Sunshine – all of the above with Director Danny Boyle; The Good Lie, The American, The Extra Man, Cinema Verite (Emmy Nomination). Select Costume Design for Theatre: Frankenstein (Royal National Theatre), Regional: Macbeth (Hartford Stage), Tape, No. 11 (Blue and White), The Lively Lad, Orange Lemon Egg Canary (Humana Festival); The Adventures of Amy Bock (Yale Rep), Angels in America (Actors Theatre). MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Broadway: The Nance (Tony Nom), Macbeth, The Snow Geese, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Select NY Credits: What’s It All About?: Bacharach Reimagined (NYTW); 4000 Miles, Slow Girl, A Kid Like Jake (Lincoln Center Theatre); Sons of the Prophet, Tigers Be Still (Roundabout Theatre Co); All New People, Warrior Class, (Second Stage); Wild With Happy (The Public/NYSF); Somewhere Fun (Vineyard); Frankenstein (Drama Desk nom); Jack Goes Boating (Drama Desk/Lortel Nom), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (LAByrinth). Regional: ACT, Arena, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. International: West End, RSC, Nederlandse Opera, Epidaurus Greece, Edinburgh Festival, La Scala.
Broadway credits include music composition and sound for No Man’s Land & Waiting for Godot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Miracle Worker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Speed of Darkness; music for My Thing of Love; and sound for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Superior Donuts, reasons to be pretty, A Year with Frog and Toad, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Hollywood Arms, King Hedley II, Buried Child, The Song of Jacob Zulu and The Grapes of Wrath. They have created music and sound Off Broadway, at many of America's resident theatres and at several international venues.
David Binder produces live performance experiences: Broadway shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Neil Patrick Harris, 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, A Raisin in the Sun with Sean “Puffy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald), Off-Broadway shows (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, De la Guarda, Fuerza Bruta), festivals (the Dutch New Island Festival on Governors Island, The High Line Festival curated by David Bowie), and one night events (IBM's 100th Anniversary at Lincoln Center). His interest in producing abroad has taken him to the Sydney Opera House where he produced This is Our Youth with Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin and London where he co-produced three Donmar Warehouse-West End transfers. He is on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama and last year was a teaching fellow in American Studies at Princeton. He is a four time Tony nominee, has been honored by Performance Space 122, and is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing.
Kate Lear is a producer, writer and supporter of the arts. She was a co-producer on Catch Me If you Can and the London production of Driving Miss Daisy. Kate has been involved as an investor and cheerleader of dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. She is the proud Board Chair of Ballet Hispanico and a Trustee of the Frances Lear Foundation. Deep gratitude goes to her father who taught her about the magic of theater; and to Jon, Daniel and Noah, who teach her about the power of love every day. Additional thanks to David Binder for this special opportunity.
Darren is currently producing Buyer & Cellar, the hit comedy now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre, and the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie directed by John Tiffany, starring Cherry Jones and Zach Quinto. He recently produced My Name Is Asher Lev, which won the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award. Other Broadway productions include: Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Tony Award nominations in 2012 & 2000), Company (Tony Award winner), Sweeney Todd (Tony Award nominee), Frozen (Tony Award nominee), Long Day's Journey Into Night (Tony Award winner) and others. Darren produced An Evening with Ralph Lauren, Hosted by Oprah Winfrey at Lincoln Center, which made history by raising almost $8M in one evening. Darren loves the art of collaboration and bringing great theater to larger audiences.
Produced Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway and in London starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones and an Australian production starring Dame Angela Lansbury. Other Broadway, West End and touring productions include The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, All My Sons starring John Lithgow, Diane Wiest, Katie Holmes and Patrick Wilson, A View From the Bridge starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber, The Addams Family starring Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane and Evita starring Ricky Martin. Performing credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway productions of Contact, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wedding Singer and Chicago, HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” feature films of The Producers and Friends With Benefits.
Led by two-time Tony Award winning producers, Ralph & Gail Bryan, Latitude Link is a La Jolla, California based theatrical production & licensing company with award winning shows on stages worldwide. Since 2005, Latitude Link productions have been enjoyed by over 11 Million people. Their shows have received 26 Tony Award nominations and have won 11. Currently on Broadway: Of Mice and Men, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rocky, Matilda, and Jersey Boys (2006 Tony, 2009 Olivier). On National stages: Jersey Boys National Tour, Jersey Boys Las Vegas, and American Idiot. On international stages: Jersey Boys London. Past productions: MEMPHIS (2010 Tony), Hands on a Hardbody, Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Tony Nomination), A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Australia), Doctor Zhivago (Australia), American Idiot (2010 Tony Nomination), 33 Variations (2009 Tony Nomination), Farnsworth Invention, Cry Baby (2008 Tony Nomination). www.latitudelink.com
Bruce D. Long and Morgan Sills formed Piedmont Productions after completing the Commercial Theater Institute Advanced Program for Producers and Managers. Bruce’s productions include Hands on a Hardbody and currently in development is By Grace a new musical about Grace Kelly. With over 20 years experience Bruce is President and CEO of Eye Opening Entertainment. www.brucedlong.com. Morgan's latest NYC production was Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play (New World Stages) starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif. As Executive Producer of Judson Theatre Company in Pinehurst, NC, Morgan recently produced Steel Magnolias starring Dawn Wells. www.MorganSills.com
A partnership of Harriet Leve, Jennifer Isaacson and WalkRunFly Productions. Harriet Leve is a three-time Tony Award winning producer. Broadway: Carole King musical Beautiful, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, War Horse, La Cage Aux Folles, ANN, Nice Work If You Can Get It, One Man Two Guvnors, 39 Steps, Norman Conquests, Mountaintop, A Little Night Music, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Crucible, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hedda Gabler; Eve Ensler’s The Good Body. Off-Broadway: STOMP, Beebo Brinker, Family Secrets, Communicating Doors, Shockheaded Peter; Necessary Targets. Jennifer Isaacson is a Tony Award winning producer. Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ann, The Norman Conquests. Off-Broadway: The 39 Steps and Beebo Brinker. WalkRunFly Productions, founded by Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon, develops content for Film/TV/Theatre. Projects include Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles Musical), DIRTY30 for TV and The Monkey King, a 3D motion pic. www.WRFprod.com
Philanthropist, La Jolla Playhouse Trustee, Founder of Oregon Winery, The Four Graces. Broadway Spring 2014: Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Broadway Credits 2013-2014: Twelfth Night/Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Trip to Bountiful, Hands on a Hardbody. Off-Broadway: …The Great Comet of 1812, Murder for Two. Daughter, sister, woman, mother of five, grandmother of two. My producing efforts honor all women who have not had a voice, I dedicate my support of the art of theatre to you.
Marc Turtletaub founded New York based production company Big Beach in 2004. Turtletaub’s producing credits with Big Beach include Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Little Miss Sunshine (Academy Award nomination for Best Picture), Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning, John Crowley’s Is Anybody There, Liev Schrieber’s Everything is Illuminated, Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating and Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed. In 2009, Marc made his theatrical producing debut with Mike Birbiglia’s Off-Broadway solo show, Sleepwalk With Me.
Betrayal; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; After Midnight (assoc.); My Name is Asher Lev; I’ll Eat You Last; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Death of a Salesman (Tony®); Clybourne Park (Tony®); Priscilla Queen of the Desert; FELA!; American Idiot; Motherf**ker With The Hat; Bengal Tiger; A View from the Bridge; Driving Miss Daisy; Red (Tony®); Hamlet; 33 Variations; All My Sons; Legally Blonde; Lieutenant of Inishmore; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun (Sean Combs); Frozen; Golda’s Balcony (assoc.); Metamorphoses; The Exonerated; Altar Boyz; Our Lady of 121st Street; tick tick…Boom!. Spring 2014: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; A Raisin in the Sun (Denzel Washington). Theatre affiliations: The LAByrinth Theater Company, The Play Company, Yale School of Drama, O’Neill Center (vice-chair). Much love to my family. Extra hugs and kisses to the little ones: Gabriel, Arielle and Rebecca.
Barbara made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. She is currently represented by Murder for Two, a murder mystery musical comedy. Upcoming projects include If/Then, starring Idina Menzel and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Other credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Red (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary Stuart, Legally Blonde - The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU's Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She serves on Northwestern University's School of Communications National Advisory Committee, the board of the Tectonic Theater Project, and is Chair Emeritus of Play Group Theatre, a Westchester based youth theater. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will.
Marianne was happy to leave the corporate world of banking and real estate to pursue theater, her true passion. She has been involved with over 20 productions as a producer or investor. Credits include Frozen, 33 Variations, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nominations), All My Sons, Lysistrata Jones, Burn the Floor. 2012 NY Fringe Festival--sold out TAIL! SPIN! This season: Beautiful-the Carole King Musical. Proud board member of MCC and LAByrinth Theaters. Many thanks to her husband Steve for his support.
Broadway productions include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots (Tony), A Time To Kill, The Normal Heart (Tony), Elling, 33 Variations and the Tony Award winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Also, This Is Our Youth (Sydney Opera House), Carousel (West End) and It Shoulda Been You. Her film and television credits include Ira Sach’s Love is Strange (producer) starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marissa Tomei - a 2014 Sundance premiere selection, “DTLA” – Season 1 (Associate Producer) and “In The Life” (co-chair). A long term LGBT activist she has served on boards including In The Life Media (co-chair), she has been involved with numerous organizations for several decades. She lives with her wife, Deby Zum.
Any mouse can produce a show. Only a man would go back for more. Martin currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Center Theatre Group, which includes the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Judy Kent is thrilled to be making her Broadway producing debut. Her first producing experience was the acclaimed West End production of Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. Judy was also a co-producer on the Broadway production, and Australian and United Kingdom tours of Driving Miss Daisy. Judy has been part of the investor teams on the Tony-nominated production of Evita starring Ricky Martin and the Tony-award winning productions of Matilda and Peter and the Starcatcher, and the Off-Broadway and national touring companies of Starcatcher. Judy is on the Board of Trustees for Stages Saint Louis, an award winning Regional theatre where over a ten year period she was instrumental in raising over $3M dollars by chairing the annual Gala. Judy also chairs an annual Gala for Easter Seals Midwest, serving families with developmental disabilities and is a Trustee on the Executive Committee. Judy sends lots of love to her husband Jerry and children Matthew and Rachel. Many thanks go to Adam, Wendy and Jack for introducing her to this amazing industry and for being her mentors and trusted friends.
Wendy is delighted to be making her Broadway debut as a producer. Wendy has been an investor and co-producer in the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Evita starring Ricky Martin, the Tony-award winning Broadway production of Matilda, the Tony-award winning production of Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway and the off-Broadway and national tour of Peter, the Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy starring Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, and the United Kingdom tour of Driving Miss Daisy. Wendy is the General Counsel of Cequel III, an investment firm in the communications industry located in St. Louis, and is an inaugural Co-Chair of the Circle of Discovery for the Morris Animal Foundation. Wendy sends thanks to Judy and Adam for this opportunity and much love to Geo, Goog, Flavia, and her family.
Kevin Niu has a background in both film producing and in technology. His feature film producing debut was awarded the Silver Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Kevin is the founder and owner of Luminary Theatricals, a company dedicated to producing projects on Broadway and the emerging market of China.
Credits include: Jersey Boys (Lon – Olivier Award, Matilda (NY), Strictly Ballroom (Aus, to USA, Lon), Chicago (UK Tour), We Will Rock You (Lon, Germany & UK Tour), Dirty Dancing (Lon & US Tour), The Sound of Music (Lon, Canada & UK Tour), Riverdance (Aus & NZ), The Boy From Oz (NY & US), 9 – 5 (NY) (Tony Nom.), Flashdance (Lon & UK Tour), Annie Get Your Gun (NY – Tony ). Music: Producer Vince Mendoza’s Epiphany (Grammy Nom.), Infectious Music – Alt-J , RY X, Vance Joy, Co-owner Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club London. Awarded ONZM for International Philanthropy.
Since its founding in 1900, The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre. Over the years, The Shubert Organization has produced or co-produced hundreds of Broadway shows including Cats, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, Spamalot, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, and Once. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and is active in civic, community and industry affairs. Since 1983, the Shubert Ticketing and Telecharge divisions have provided superior ticketing and marketing services to the entertainment industry.
Eric is a Tony Award-winning producer and marketing director. Credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lucky Guy, Red, Hamlet (w/Jude Law), Mary Stuart, 33 Variations, Frost/Nixon, The Year of Magical Thinking, A Raisin in the Sun (2004), The Vagina Monologues, De La Guarda and Rent. Eric has also worked with St. Ann's Warehouse, The Public Theater and BAM. He has lectured at the Yale School of Drama and co-produced This is Our Youth starring Michael Cera at the Sydney Opera House.
Mark Berger is an actor and producer. Recently, he was in The Laramie Project and the World Premiere of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later directed by Moisés Kaufman. He is a founding member of the film company, The Discipline Committee, who has a new web series coming out in the Fall of 2014, which Mark will produce and star in. His sketches have over 75,000 views. Mark is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Thank you to David Binder for having me on your team!