A Sampling of Broadway Producers, Emmy Award Winners, & Tony Award Winners who donate their time for talented writers aspiring for Broadway and Television
Emmy Award Winner
Two time Emmy winner, Miss Kaiser has served as both the only female executive of the Johnny Carson show and the only female President of Bruce Lee’s Film Company in Hong Kong. Last year she was honored on Wall Street and given the title of First Lady of China. President Barack Obama and Michelle gave Lucia the gift of very special Pearls to commiserate the evening. Only 5 women have received these pearls, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush. Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Lucia Kaiser. She was Awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award at The Yale Club for “Paying It Forward”. Chairperson of The Democratic Party in Hawaii. First woman General Mgr of Hawaii’s KGU Radio and President of the first all women Advertising Agency in New York City (just to name a few). Ms. Kaiser is currently focused on Producing the TV Series and the Feature Film “Framed”. This is based on her dear friend Tod Volpe’s best selling book and life story in the art world. The Screenplay was written by Terence Winter (Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos).
A Tony Award winning producer, is one of only two producers in the history of Broadway to have a musical run over 3000 performances and a play run over 1000 performances. Waissman developed and produced the original Broadway production of Grease as well as two of Broadway’s longest running plays, Agnes of God by John Pielmeier and Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein. He is currently developing Josephine, an original musical inspired by the legendary star of the Folies Bergère in Paris, Josephine Baker. The show had a soldout, record-breaking out of town pre-Broadway run at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Other Broadway credits include: Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Zindel’s play, And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little with Julie Harris and Estelle Parsons and the Sherman brothers musical, Over Here!, which starred the Andrew Sisters and featured Ann Reinking, John Travolta, Marilu Henner and Treat Williams. Waissman made his producing debut with the John Herbert play Fortune and Men’s Eyes, which was directed by Sal Mineo and featured Tommy Lee Jones.
Van Dean is President and Co-Founder of Broadway Records. He is also a Tony Award winning Broadway Producer of 11 musicals and plays and is a Grammy Award winning producer of The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast Recording). Broadway Records has released nearly 100 albums including The Color Purple and the Grammy nominated Matilda and Fiddler on the Roof as well as Anastasia, Goundhog Day, Bandstand and also created the popular "Live at Feinstein's/54 Below" album series. Van’s philanthropic work includes being a producer of “Broadway For Orlando: What The World Needs Now is Love”, “Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice”, “From Broadway With Love” benefit concerts for Sandy Hook and Orlando and his work with NewArts in Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT. www.BroadwayRecords.com
The Freitag family is legendary in the Broadway community (with 5 Tony Awards to its credit) producing such greats as Fiddler On The Roof, Memphis, Something Rotten!, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy and Bess, Catch Me if You Can, Legally Blonde, and many, many, many others. Larry's latest endeavor is a fund that provides music education to children who don't typically get to receive such an opportunity.
(Playwright / Producer) Broadway: High with Kathleen Turner at the Booth Theatre and Looped starring Valerie Harper in a Tony nominated performance at The Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: Tea at Five (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre (IRNE Award Best Solo Play); Mother and Child (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage; End of the World Party at the 47th Street Theatre (director) and Guilty Innocence at The Actors’ Playhouse. His work has been produced at such prestigious theaters as Hartford Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and others. Television: Another World (WGA Nomination for Outstanding Achievement). Film: High (currently in development). As a producer, he has presented concerts throughout the country for Broadway legends such as Carol Channing, Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Andrea McArdle, and Faith Prince. Other plays include Secret Square, Trolls, Who’s Holiday! and he is currently adapting One Hundred Million Miracles for the stage based on the book by Paul Ford.
Emmy Award Winner
Emmy Award Winner, Paul Sladkus is a former CBS/PBS Production Executive, who worked on over 150 Network Emmy Winning TV Shows, including on CBS All In the Family, Sonny and Cher, Carol Burnett, and the soap opera Love of Life and at Channel 13/PBS Nature and Brain Series. In 1985 he founded Milestone Broadcast Corporation (MBC), and their Award Winning Good News Broadcast, Good News Planet, and their 501 (C)(3) Peace Day Party. On MBC they have created over 5,000 shows. Paul is the host/editor-at-large/producer and has reviewed 1,000’s of scripts/articles/show treatments/concepts for various media, even in foreign language throughout his 40 years in the TV and Communication industry.
Lauren Class Schneider
Broadway Producer, Lauren Class Schneider is the founder and executive producer of Broadway Fantasy Camp, Broadway’s premiere experiential destination for adults. Lauren has been producing, directing, and stage-managing theatre, television and live events for almost 30 years. On Broadway, she produced Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, High with Kathleen Turner, and Looped, for which Valerie Harper won a Tony Award® nomination as Best Leading Actress in a Play. For the past 15 seasons Lauren has produced the Drama Desk Awards and served on numerous Tony, Grammy, Daytime Emmy and Video Music Award telecasts. She has been the coordinating producer for Broadway Salutes, which honors professionals earning their living on Broadway for 25, 35, and 50 years. She was also a coordinating producer for the outdoor extravaganza celebrating Mamma Mia’s 10th anniversary on Broadway. For the past 5 seasons, she has produced the Gala for the American Theatre Wing, which presents the Tony Awards® along with The Broadway League. Past performers on the Wing Gala include Hugh Jackman, Kristen Chenoweth, Barbara Cook, Megan Mullally, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Hudson, James Naughton, Angela Lansbury, and Elaine Paige. Lauren is a member of The Broadway League and a voter for the Tony Awards ® and the Drama Desk Awards. She has been a guest lecturer in the graduate theatre programs at NYU and Yale. She is a featured video columnist with her series Class Notes, seen at BroadwayStars.com.
Jana Robbins is a Tony Nominated Broadway Producer. Founder of the production company, Better World Productions, Miss Robbins has graced the Broadway stages starring in Broadway shows including Good News, I Love My Wife, the Pulitzer Prize Winning Crimes of the Heart, Romance/Romance, Gypsy (standby for Tyne Daly as Mama Rose) and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (where she covered both Linda Lavin and Michelle Lee on Broadway and starred opposite Valerie Harper in The National Tour) Jana made her Broadway producing debut with Little Women – The Musical. Also working under the name of Jana Robbins Productions, Jana earned a Tony nomination for her role in transferring the critically acclaimed Kennedy Center production of Ragtime to Broadway. She currently has a financial stake in Broadway’s musical, Something Rotten. Off-Broadway producing credits include I Love You Because, Through the Night (earning her a Drama Desk nomination) and White’s Lies starring Betty Buckley. Ms. Robbins is currently developing The Jazz Age with producing partner Kim Poster and Roof Of The World -dedicated to the memory of her late producing partner Randall Wreghitt, For more information go to: www.janarobbins.com
Douglas Denoff received his first Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award as a co-producer for “The 39 Steps” in its initial record-breaking 3-year Broadway run. He produces the new Broadway-bound musical “Peggy Sue Got Married” featuring an original score by “Jersey Boys” composer Bob Gaudio. He will produce the new play “Clever Little Lies” by Tony-winner Joe DiPietro, stars Emmy-winner Marlo Thomas. He received his second Tony nomination as a co-producer of the 2012 hit musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Off-Broadway, in 2014 he produced the NY Times Critics’ Pick, “Handle With Care” starring the legendary Tony®-nominee Carol Lawrence. In 2012 Denoff co-produced the Grammy-nominated Original Cast Album of “Nice Work If You Can Get It ” on his new record label Shout! Broadway. He produced the 2012 Broadway Cast Album of “Annie” and 2014, released the 50th Anniversary DVD of the 1965 television special of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starring Lesley Ann Warren.
Lizabeth Zindel is a novelist with three Young Adult novels published by Viking titled Girl of the Moment, The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies, and A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills. She was selected as an Author To Watch by Publishers Weekly and Girl of the Moment was picked as a Best Book for the Teen Age by New York Public Library. Lizabeth has appeared in People Magazine, Cosmo Girl, Girls Life, Justine, AZ Teen and American Cheerleader. She currently has a feature film in development with award-winning director Dan Katzir. Zindel is Contributing Editor to Social Life magazine, a luxury publication of the Hamptons. She began her career working as an assistant at Creative Artists Agency and Madonna’s Maverick Records. Her short documentary Keep it Real: Banksy NYC had its World Premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival’s Court Métrage – Short Film Corner. She is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and has been involved in the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Director’s Workshop where her work was produced at the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Festival, 2009. Zindel enjoys being a guest speaker at seminars, schools, and book festivals and is on the Editorial Board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, an International Journal of Integration and Innovation.
R. Erin Craig
Broadway General Manager
Over the past 20 years, Erin and her company, La Vie Productions, have worked with new artists and new projects in Theatre, Film and Music through her company's work as a General Manager, Production Manager, Grassroot Marketing / Branding Consultant, Executive Producer and Producer. Recent projects include: "Himself and Nora", "Easter Mysteries" (live stage film), “Stalking the Bogeyman”, “Velocity of Autumn”, “In The Heights”, “Irena’s Vow”, “26 Pebbles”, “Liberty: A Monumental New Musical”, “How We Got Away With It” (film). Current projects include: “Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting”, “Austen’s Pride, A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice”, and “Academy” as well as several other projects currently in development. Erin is a member of The Broadway League, The Off-Broadway League, The League of Professional Theatre Women, NY Women in Film and TV and Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU). www.LaVieProductions.com
Sabra Jones is a member of SDC and The Broadway League and is Founding Artistic Director of the Mirror Repertory Company of New York. Sabra has been responsible for productions on Broadway (Tony nomination), television (WNET 13 Master Works) and over 120 productions in New York, London, and regionally including Lynn Redgrave in Nightingale, which Sabra began for her at The New End Theatre in London. Mirror Rep has been nominated for Best Overall Excellence and Best Acting Ensemble (Outer Critics). Sabra’s Broadway debut, age 17, was in Butterflies are Free at The Booth Theatre with Eileen Heckart, Eva Arden and Gloria Swanson. Sabra was in the original company of Six Degrees of Separation at Lincoln Center. She was personally taught how to teach The Method by her late father in law, Lee Strasberg, of Actors Studio and Group Theatre fame.
Craig "muMs" Grant
Theatre and Television veteran (in Memoriam)
Craig muMs Grant is an American Actor. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best known for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show “OZ.” muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, debuting in such productions as the critically acclaimed Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, A View From 151st and Penalties and Interests, all performed Off-Broadway at the NYC’s Public Theater. muMs was last seen in his own production of A Sucker Emcee and Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents. Some of muMs’ other acting credits include: "Birdman", "The Knick", "Nurse Jackie", "Side Effects", “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order,” “Cold Case,” “Blue Bloods,” “Boston Legal,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “The Sopranos,” amongst others. muMs' is also a proud company member of Poetic Theater Productions who recently produced the critically acclaimed world premiere production of his play Paradox of the Urban Cliché.
Gayle Waxenberg is the co-founder and Executive Director of NewYorkRep, a not-for-profit production company dedicated to producing new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change by telling stories that expose the travesty and beauty of our humanity. www.newyorkrep.org. With Artistic Director Markus Potter, Gayle recently produced the New York Musical Festival production of A Wall Apart, Church & State off-Broadway, the mulit-award winning film Influence, and the London production of Stalking the Bogeyman, which received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction. Produced readings included Ben Elton’s Olivier award winning play, Popcorn, starring Sharon Stone and Stacey Keach. She is proud to have launched and produced a community based program of readings, Thought Bubbles, to bring new theatrical work free to people who may not otherwise have access. Gayle is also a Founder/Past President and currently a Board Member of The Graham School Education Foundation, which serves New York City’s most at-risk, underserved children, a Board Member of Danza Espanza, The American Spanish Dance Theater, and was an elected official. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Resources Unlimited and a member of the League of Professional Theater Women.
Producer / Director
Beth Newbery is a producer, director and performing coach with an extensive background in acting. Having over twenty five years within the industry, Beth began her producing career in London with a successful show called Boxed with East-ender director Ray Kilby. Beth's her own company ' infusionarts ', (set up in 2007) has produced productions including, I wait Till Dust, Undone, and the Blue Sofa in the UK, Tanzania and Canada. Since being in New York Beth had helped companies produce shows, written and produced three, as well as coached and supported the careers of many. 'My passion is helping individuals and companies find there potential, using a practical grounded approach, whilst being supportive with honesty'
Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (1st National Tour). Assistant Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (Broadway). Select Directing credits include : The Drama League Gala Honoring Steve Martin, Letters from the Sender (Poway Center for the Performing Arts), 210 Amlent Ave, and Madam Fury’s Traveling Show. Additional Associate/Assistant Directing credits: Southern Comfort (The Public Theatre), Sarah Brightman’s Dreamchaser World Tour, On the Town (Barrington Stage), Academia Nuts, and multiple shows at NYMF and FringeNYC. Drama League Directing Fellow. www.samanthasaltzman.com
Producer of Beau Jest and the award winning comedy Forbidden Broadway, Carol is a former board member for the League of Professional Women in Theatre, she is a staunch advocate for establishing theatrical opportunities for women. Other producing credits include, the Anti-Defamation League’s production of ADL and Broadway: Side by Side Against Hate For 100 Years with more than 15 current stars on Broadway, Song Of Solomon, Berlin To Broadway - Transatlantic, and Scent of the Roses. In addition to being a producer, actress, dancer, and choreographer, Carol is a dedicated volunteer. She was also honored to serve as Vice Chair of the Board for the Women’s Theatre Project and is currently heading the committee to renovate The Actor’s Temple in New York City.
Ben Cameron has graced the stages of Broadway for over a decade in such legendary productions as Wicked, Aida, and Footloose. Currently the Host of Broadway sessions, Ben has worked with most every major show on Broadway as they perform at the Laurie Beechman Theater each week. Such shows include School of Rock, Les Miserables, Avenue Q, Hair, Evita, and numerous others. Recognized as one of the most connected men in theater Ben's dedication to promoting art unparalleled.
Michael Rubenstein is a TONY Award- winning Producer of ‘2013 Pippin’ and four other Broadway shows in addition to being the Associate Producer and Director of Development for the 55th Drama Desk Awards. Michael is currently involved with producing several theatrical productions as noted below. He is a Board Member and Treasurer of Amas Musical Theatre (Non-Profit Diversity Workshop Theatre Organization). In addition to his Broadway credits, Michael has a 20 year-plus career in business where he has built infrastructures to support companies through transitions, market fluctuations, start-ups and high-growth cycles. Broadway Shows: Pippin Broadway-Winner of 4 TONY Awards including Best Revival of a Musial, On The Town-TONY Award Nominated for Best Revival of a Musial, Bullets Over Broadway!, Rocky, & Velocity of Autumn. Developmental Theatrical Projects: Woodstock Broadway Musical-2014 to Present, The Doors Project-Presentation to The Doors (dance based musical concept) Oct 2015-The Doors Continue Development with our Director/Choreographer Daniel Ezralow, With Love Marilyn-After Cutting Room February 13th Performance (Touring Production), American Inheritance-Reading Apr 2016 Seeking Regional Theatre Production, Less Than 50%-59 East 59 August 2018 (Full Production), & The Countess of Storyville-Workshop Oct 2015.
Disney Empire Disciple
Sjon Dowell is a senior Entertainment Industry executive who spent most of his career at The Walt Disney Company. As the Vice President of Distribution Finance & Planning at The Walt Disney Studios, he spent over 16 years as part of the team managing the financials and release strategy for each studio film including blockbusters Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Finding Nemo, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Toy Story 3, The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Based in London for four years as the CFO for Disney Europe, his international experience has provided him with a worldwide perspective in business. He helped to launch both DVD and Blu-ray formats and developed the financials for “Disney Movies Anywhere”, the Studio’s new digital platform. He is currently producing the feature film Angels in the Sky and is developing the animated series PiRoBots. Sjon received both his BA in International Studies and International MBA from Pepperdine University and completed further study in French at the University of Paris – Sorbonne.
Stephanie Rosenberg is a Tony Nominated Broadway Producer and a Grammy Award winning executive producer. Stephanie began her career as a performer receiving a BFA from Adelphi University. She then graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, the world’s premier place to learn THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE originally founded by Sandy Meisner. Stephanie then went onto Apprentice at The Williamstown Theater Festival. She was also awarded the FREDRIC B. VOGAL SCHOLAR of the year by Jed Berstein for the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14 Week Program. In 2013 Stephanie founded The Empress Productions LLC. She associate produced Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN (Tony Nominated), co produced Last Smoker in America, co produced Matilda the Musical, and co produced On the Town (Tony Nominated). She is currently a co producer on Anastasia the Musical as well a co-producer and director for “With Love Marilyn.” She is an executive producer on the Grammy Award Winning cast album of The Color Purple. For more information on Stephanie please visit http://theempressproductions.com/
President of the Princeton Film Festival
Sara McDermott Jain is a produced screenwriter and playwright. She is also director/CEO of the Princeton Independent Film Festival (www.prindie.org). As a screenwriter, her feature screenplay Left, written while at Emerson College, won the Evvy Award for Best Script Drama before being purchased by Gaddis Visuals. The finished film is releasing in 2017. Additionally, she’ll soon be trying on the hat of creative producer for the first time on the feature film Trial By Fire, written by Zena Dell Lowe. This true story of the first-ever female firefighter in Dallas, TX was also this year’s recipient of the prestigious Emerging Screenwriters’ Award.
Emily Penick is a director, choreographer, literary manager, and producer who has worked across the US and internationally. In NYC, Emily develops new plays and musicals with Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, 2nd Stage, Playwrights Realm, and elsewhere. During her time as Literary & Artistic Manager at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Emily made the institution a Deaf-friendly space through artistic programming, inclusive casting, meaningful community partnerships, and capital improvements. As founding Artistic Director of RED STAGE, Emily produced the world premiere Worse Than Tigers, and currently commissions and develops new and exciting work by female playwrights. emilypenick.com
Charlotte Cohn was born in Denmark and raised in Israel where she served in the Israeli Army as a commanding officer. She is a founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival and MainStreet Musicals. Other producing credits include Rated P For Parenthood, The New York Times critics’ pick Handle With Care and Church & State. Charlotte has directed plays and operas at Primary Stages, The Cell Theatre, Baltimore Playwrights' Festival, United Solo Festival, The New School for Drama and Liederkrantz Opera. She is extremely proud to have directed the critically acclaimed ‘Baltimore in Black and White’ at the Cell Theater, written by Jason Odell Williams. As an actress Ms. Cohn has performed on Broadway in La Boheme and Coram Boy. Regional highlights include - A.C.T.: Happy End, CENTERSTAGE: The Boys From Syracuse, The Murder of Isaac, THE PRINCE MUSIC THEATRE: A Night in the Old Marketplace, NSMT: Nine. Charlotte is an Ovation Award Winner and was nominated for the Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award for her performance as ‘Hallelujah Lil’ in Happy End at A.C.T. www.charlottecohn.com
Aaron Grant is an independent General Manager and Producer who has been active in the theatre for over a decade. Favorite projects include 2010’s White’s Lies, 2014's critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of The Anthem, the national tour of Almost Heaven: Songs of Jon Denver, The Screwtape Letters, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, Minimum Wage, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Musical and Elizabeth Swados’ Rachel and Leah. Aaron is also the General Manager for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Projects in development include Brave New World: The Musical, Breaking Bobby Stone, Ghostlight: The Musical, Clear Blue Sky and Who's Holiday. In 2013 Aaron opened AARON GRANT THEATRICAL prior to which he was General Manager at Kelvin Productions with the late Vincent DeMarco.
Our Entertainment division has worked in the motion picture industry for over 25 years, engaged by most of the major studios, as well as the independents as: theWeinstein Company, New Line Cinema, Cinema Shares International, Magna Distribution, Atlantic Releasing and Jim Henson¹s The Muppets. We started marketing Broadway theater productions in !976, our first major involvement on Broadway was the original “Dream Girls”. Recently we have expanded into helping Broadway, Off, and Off Off Broadway productions to get started, thru readings, development, and marketing of their projects. We are also assisting producers on the funding of both theater and film projects.
"Shop The World" for Gray Advertising, (3 Seasons) Director/Producer Jonathan Mossek and Eve Pomerance cast Ric Burns series, “The Pilgrims” and production managed, “I Is A Long Memoried Woman” for BBC Drama and “Bombay Business” (6 part series) for Channel Four TV. As far as casting credits, Eve has cast features, theater and video games. Her credits include: “As Good as Dead” (Uncredited), “Festival of Lights,” “BMW,” “Tim Maia,” “Joao Maestro,” and most recently “Louisiana Caviar” for Cuba Gooding Jr and “The Mimic” for director Thomas Mazziotti. In the theater, Eve cast the following plays: “Hamlet” (Mirror Theater- Director Sabra Jones) “Kiss Me Kate”(Mirror Theater- Director Sabra Jones), “Rosecrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” (Miirror Theater- Director Miriam Cyr), “To Kill A Mockingbird,” (Mirror Theater-Sabra Jones), “Sinners” (Mirror Theater – Vermont and Boston – Director Brian Cox)
Dominick LaRuffa III was born in Brooklyn, New York. Dominick is establishing a reputation as an in-demand screen actor. He co-stars in Martin Scorsese's Netflix Original epic crime drama "The Irishman" based on Charles Brandt's best selling novel "I Heard You Paint Houses". Dominick stars opposite Sean Hayes in the comedy, Lazy Susan (2019) written by Darlene Hunt, Carrie Aizley and Mr. Hayes. The film stars Allison Janney, Margo Martindale, Mathew Broderick, Jim Rash, and Danny Johnson. Dominick debuted as a lead in John Andrew Gallagher's seriocomic coming of age drama "Sarah Q" starting Emmy James, Burt Young, Sally Kirkland, Vincent Pastore and Tony Sirico. His theatrical accomplishments include Off-Broadway appearances in; How Alfio Learned to Love, My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, and Spring Awakening. As a Broadway producer, his body of work includes All The Way (Tony Award), You Can't Take It With You (Tony Nomination), On The Town (Tony Nomination), An American in Paris (Tony Nomination), Deaf West Theatre's Revival of Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination), The Realistic Joneses, China Doll starring Al Pacino, Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Nomination), American Son (starring Kerry Washington) and, The Lifespan of a Fact (starring Danielle Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale). BFA Acting, Pace University.
Eric Cornell has worked on the producing and management teams of more than a dozen original Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Touring, and Regional shows. He worked for over six years at 321 Theatrical Management as a company manager. After, Eric worked with Stage Entertainment USA as the Vice President of Production and Executive Producer for almost 4 years before launching his own company, Eric Cornell Productions. He received an HBX CORe certificate from Harvard Business School and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Management at Harvard University. He received his BA from Emerson College. In 2016, Eric Cornell Productions was incorporated to further Eric's producing interests in theatre, television, and digital media. For more information, visit: www.ericcornellproductions.com
Writing Veteran - Dramatist Guild
Deborah Vines (www.deborahvines.com), an award-winning filmmaker and playwright, has been involved in theater and film as a writer, actor, director, and producer for several years. She has written 9 screenplays, with 2 development deals under her belt; 2 TV pilots, one of which is currently being pitched. Her numerous plays, which include one musical (www.lovethat4letterword.com ), have been produced in various venues throughout the U.S., including in Boston, NYC, and L.A. Vines has also worked as a journalist and recently finished a memoir about the unusual events that led to the breakdown of her marriage as well as a book comprised of 1 novel and 2 novellas (3x—Jane, Norton and John). Vines holds an MS in counseling psychology and is a member of AFTRA/SAG, ASCAP, the Dramatist’s Guild, NYWFT, and the Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit NYC.
Theatrical Veteran - London
Donna Moore wrote the book, lyrics and music for Cougar The Musical, about three older women who embrace their "inner cougar" and in the process, find that love is ageless. Directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the show ran for two years and is published by Samuel French with licensed productions in England, Korea, Manila, Berlin & Munich, Germany, Poland, Copenhagen and Paris. A US tour is currently being developed. Donna continues to write for TV, film and radio with a mission to empower women to SAY YES to their indomitable power.
Gene Fisch Jr.
Mr. Fisch spends his career enlisting changes for the better. Each day is new. Dreams can come true and this Festival Showcase is a testament to that, providing talented individuals with the opportunity for mentorship with those successful in the Broadway community. Check him out on EconoMonitor.com here, and on Rock City Productions here, He is also a Ford Championship Ironman Finisher, a certified Rescue Diver, Proud fan of the Ronald McDonald House, and Achilles member guiding disabled athletes as they inspire though competing in marathons, cycling competitions, and triathlons. Also recently, Mr. Fisch produced a concert at Carnegie Hall where the proceeds went to instill music programs within the NYC Public School system. Mr. Fisch's latest project is a technology that brings pages to life, having the potential to entirely alter how our society cultivates a love for reading.
Partner - Entertainment Division
DIANE BRADSHAW is a Partner at Helfand & Helfand, a full service firm spearheading the Entertainment Law Division. With over 30 years in the entertainment world before law school, she has written, produced, and edited short films; and appeared professionally in film, television, theatre, and concert internationally. She remains active as a producer of film, television, and theatre projects. Diane holds a B.S. Degree in Film and Theatre Studies from the City University of New York and a J.D. from New York Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey. Diane is on the Programing Committee of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, and AEA.
Errol also studied with Lee Strasberg for 3 years, as well as being his assistant for 1 & ½ years. Errol’s lasting friendship with singer, film and television celebrity, Lainie Kazan is apparent in their common support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s cause along with Elton John, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Renna, Errol’s involvement with the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation has enlightened the public about women’s rights, where he helps victims of domestic violence.