NORA EPHRON (Playwright)
After becoming one of the industry’s most respected screenwriters, Nora Ephron turned to directing in 1992. Her credits include This Is My Life; Sleepless in Seattle starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide; Mixed Nuts starring Steve Martin; and Michael, starring John Travolta. Nora then teamed with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan again for the 1998-released You’ve Got Mail, followed by Lucky Numbers starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow and Bewitched with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Nora’s last film was the 2008-released Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Nora Ephron received three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay: for Sleepless in Seattle (with David Ward and Jeff Arch), for Rob Reiner’s hit comedy When Harry Met Sally… and for Mike Nichols’ Silkwood (cowritten with Alice Arlen). Nora’s first Broadway play, Imaginary Friends, was produced on Broadway in December 2002 and starred Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz. Nora began screenwriting after years as one of the country’s best-known journalists. She started as a newspaper reporter for the New York Post and then became a magazine writer for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine, among others. Two collections of her essays, Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble, are bestsellers, and her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, reached number one on The New York Times Bestsellers List. Nora’s collection of essays, I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, was published in 2010 and was also a national best-seller. A new collection, The Most of Nora Ephron, will be released this fall.
GEORGE C. WOLFE (Director)
Theatre directing credits include Jelly’s Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Award) and Perestroika (Drama Desk Award); Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards); Topdog/Underdog (Obie Award); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Drama Desk Award); Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (Tony Award, Unique Theatrical Event); The Tempest; The Wild Party; Caroline, or Change; A Free Man of Color; and The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award). He wrote the award-winning The Colored Museum, adapted/directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed “A Broadway Celebration of the American Musical at the White House.” Mr. Wolfe directed the film Lackawanna Blues, for which he earned the Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He also directed the film Nights of Rodanthe. Additional awards include the Actors’ Equity Paul Robeson Award, the SDC’s Mr. Abbott and Calloway Awards, the Dramatist Guild’s Hull-Warriner Award, the New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award, the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the LAMBDA Liberty Award, the Spirit of the City Award, the Brendan Gill Prize, the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, a Princess Grace Award for fostering careers of young artists, a Cultural Laureate Award and a Library Lion. From 1993-2005 he was the producer of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. He serves on the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities and was named a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
DAVID ROCKWELL (Scenic Design)
designed sets for Kinky Boots, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Legally Blonde the Musical (Drama Desk nomination), The Normal Heart, A Free Man of Color, CQ/CX, The Rocky Horror Show (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as well as sets for the Academy Awards (2010 Emmy Award, 2009 Emmy nomination). He is the founder of Rockwell Group, an architecture and design firm. Projects include the Walt Disney Family Museum. Honors include the Pratt Legends Award, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and Interior Design Hall of Fame.
TONI LESLIE-JAMES (Costume Design)
Ford Theatre: Black Pearl Sings! Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys; Finian’s Rainbow; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; One Mo’ Time; The Wild Party; Marie Christine; Footloose; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Jelly’s Last Jam. Awards: Tony nomination, three Drama Desk nominations, three Lucille Lortel nominations, Hewes Design Award and four additional nominations, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award and the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design. Ms. James is director of costumes at Virginia Commonwealth University.
JULES FISHER AND PEGGY EISENHAUER (Lighting Designers)
have collaborated with George C. Wolfe on many Broadway productions, including Jelly’s Last Jam; Angels in America; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; The Wild Party; Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; Caroline, or Change; A Free Man of Color. For the big screen they have provided lighting designs for Chicago, School of Rock, Dreamgirls, Burlesque, My Week with Marilyn and Neil Young Trunk Show. Their studio, Third Eye, conceives and designs lighting for all forms of entertainment.
SCOTT LEHRER (Sound Design)
received the first Tony awarded for sound for the 2008 Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific and did sound for George Wolfe’s Broadway production of Angels in America. Recent: Chaplin, Death of a Salesman (Tony nom.), Sorry, The Cotton Club Parade, That Championship Season, Women on the Verge…, Finian’s Rainbow, A View From the Bridge (Tony nom.), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nom.), Chicago. As a music engineer/producer projects include Loudon Wainwright’s Grammy-winning High Wide and Handsome, Bebe Neuwirth’s Porcelain and Meredith Monk’s mercy. He is on faculty at Bennington College.
BATWIN + ROBIN PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Projections)
Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri. Broadway: Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Drama Desk nom.); Golda’s Balcony;The Rocky Horror Show; How to Succeed in Business; The Who’s Tommy; The Normal Heart (Henry Hewes Design Award). Off-Broadway: Sinatra!, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Seven, Radiant Baby (Drama Desk nom.), Harlem Song, Mother Courage. Their multimedia design work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and museums.
ROBERT-CHARLES VALLANCE (Wig and Hair Designer)
Recent: Donnybrook, A Civil War Christmas, The Cotton Club Parade, Amazing Grace, Pipe Dream, The Freedom of the City. Broadway design favorites: Little Shop of Horrors, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Play What I Wrote, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Our Town, Hollywood Arms, The Elephant Man, Dance of Death, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Blood Brothers. Resident designer, Irish Repertory Theatre: Celebrating our 40th production with Donnybrook. Proprietor of the Broadway Wig Company. www.broadwaywigs.com. Co-proprietor of Angels of New York, a unique salon dedicated to offering the finest custom-made wigs to individuals undergoing medical treatment. www.angelsofny.com
THOMAS SCHALL (Fight Director)
Broadway: Cinderella, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, War Horse, The Lyons, The House of Blue Leaves, The Merchant of Venice, A Free Man of Color, A View From the Bridge, After Miss Julie, Mary Stuart, Waiting for Godot, The Seafarer, Rock ’n’ Roll, Coram Boy, Journey’s End, The Woman in White, Wicked, Noises Off, Art. Off-Broadway: King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mother Courage, Richard III, Titus Andronicus (Public Theater); Blood and Gifts, Belle Epoque, Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance (LCT); Murder Ballad, Ruined (MTC); Beast (NYTW); Homebody/Kabul (BAM).
JORDAN THALER AND HEIDI GRIFFITHS (Casting)
have collaborated for more than two decades at the Public Theater/NYSF, casting more than 200 productions Off-Broadway and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Broadway: The Tempest; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; On the Town; The Wild Party; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Passing Strange; Hair; The Merchant of Venice; The Motherf**ker With the Hat; and Chinglish. National tours: Noise/Funk; Caroline, or Change; Hair. Film: Passing Strange.
ERIC SCHNALL (Marketing Director)
is a marketing director and Tony Award-nominated producer. Credits include Red, Hamlet (w/ Jude Law), Mary Stuart, 33 Variations, Frost/Nixon, The Year of Magical Thinking, A Raisin in the Sun, 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. He recently co-produced This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera at the Sydney Opera House.
JANE GREY (Production Stage Manager)
Most recently: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Lincoln Center. Broadway: That Championship Season; August: Osage County; Talk Radio; Faith Healer; A Streetcar Named Desire (2005); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003); Fortune’s Fool; A Thousand Clowns; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2000); Taller Than a Dwarf; Death of a Salesman (1999); Titanic; Twilight: L.A., 1992; The Big Love; Tru. National tours: August…, The King and I, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Blood Brothers. Off-Broadway: Daniel Goldfarb, Theresa Rebeck, Elaine May, Neil LaBute, Sam Shepard, Joe Chaikin, A.R. Guerney, Tommy Tune, Caryl Churchill, Joe Papp, among others.
CAMBRA OVEREND (Stage Manager)
Broadway and nat’l tour: That Championship Season; August: Osage County; The Lion King; One Man, Two Guvnors; Hair; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Off-Broadway: My Name Is Asher Lev, Rated P for Parenthood, Make Me a Song, Opus, Crazy Mary, A Spanish Play, Satellites, Pen, Miss Witherspoon, Fran’s Bed, etc. Regional: CenterStage, Rep Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
KAMILAH FORBES (Associate Director)
Broadway (Associate Director): Stickfly, The Mountaintop, Def Poetry Jam on Tour. Other credits include the Marvin Gaye Tribute with John Legend (Kennedy Center), Wanted At (PS122), And Her Hair Went With Her (NJ Rep Theatre), Scourge (Yerba Buena, 14-city international tour). She has also worked at Lincoln Center Theater, the Public Theater, Lark Play Development, Arena Stage. Artistic director, Hip Hop Theater Festival. Producer: HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” Executive producer: HBO’s “Brave New Voices.” Recipient of the League of Women in Theater Josephine Abady Award. BFA, Howard University.
101 PRODUCTIONS, LTD. (Executive Producer)
Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson founded their company in 1994, having first worked together at Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd. Their associates are Elie Landau, Ron Gubin and Chris Morey. Current productions: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Annie, Ann, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, Big Fish. Recent Broadway: The Heiress, Grace. Special projects: New Island Festival, “A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House,” and IBM’s Centennial Gala.
PETER FULBRIGHT/TECH PRODUCTION SERVICES (Production Manager)
Peter, along with associates Mary Duffe and Shaminda Amarakoon, comprise TPS, Inc. On Broadway: Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Favorites: The Normal Heart, Hairspray, Bombay Dreams, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Aspects of Love, The Sound of Music, …Forum, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, Starlight Express, Singin’ in the Rain and Foxfire.
COLIN CALLENDER (Producer)
began his career as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre, working with David Hare and Sam Shepard. Colin won his first Emmy for the television adaptation of the RSC’s “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” Over his 20-year career at HBO, Colin was responsible for an array of award-winning films including George Wolfe’s Lackawanna Blues, Mike Nichols’ productions of Wit and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. He launched Playground Entertainment in 2012, and along with his future theatre work, currently has in production Stephen Poliakoff’s “Dancing on the Edge” (BBC), “The White Queen” (Starz), “Dracula” (NBC), “Magic City” (Starz) and Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” (BBC).
ROY FURMAN (Producer)
Currently represented on Broadway by The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cinderella, Annie and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Other productions include War Horse (Tony), Evita, Seminar, West Side Story, The History Boys (Tony), The Addams Family, Gypsy, Spamalot (Tony), The Color Purple, All My Sons, Inherit the Wind and Fosse (Tony). Co-founded the investment firm Furman Selz, now vice chairman of Jefferies & Company and chairman of Jefferies Capital Partners, its private equity arm. Vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and chairman emeritus of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
ARIELLE TEPPER MADOVER (Producer)
is a Tony Award-winning producer. Upcoming: I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Broadway: Annie, Red, Hamlet, Hair, Mary Stuart, Equus, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Frost/Nixon, The Pillowman, A Raisin in the Sun, James Joyce’s The Dead, John Leguizamo’s Freak. West End: Piaf, Spamalot, Frost/Nixon, Guys and Dolls, Mary Stuart, A Voyage Round My Father. Off-Broadway: De La Guarda, The Last Five Years. Mrs. Madover founded the Summer Play Festival and the Tepper Center for Careers in Theatre. She is on the board of the Public Theater, Board of Governors of the Broadway League and an emeritus member of the Syracuse University Board.
ROGER AND WILLIAM BERLIND (Producers)
Recent Broadway productions include Kiss Me, Kate; Copenhagen; Proof; Medea; Doubt; The History Boys; Faith Healer; The Vertical Hour; The Year of Magical Thinking; Curtains; Gypsy; Equus; 13; A Little Night Music; La Bête; Driving Miss Daisy; Arcadia; Jerusalem; Death of a Salesman; Clybourne Park; One Man, Two Guvnors; Grace. Current productions are The Book of Mormon; Nice Work If You Can Get It; and revivals of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Annie.
STACEY MINDICH (Producer)
On Broadway: Annie, The Heiress, Catch Me If You Can, 13 and A Catered Affair. Broadway bound: The Bridges of Madison County. For more about shows in development, see staceymindichproductions.com. Trustee: New York City Center (home of Encores!), National Alliance of Music Theater. Most beloved productions: Russell, Danny and Charlie.
ROBERT COLE (Producer)
has produced and general managed more than 25 Broadway productions including the Tony Award-winner Once and this season’s Orphans. Mr. Cole is the recipient of four Tony Awards. He is partners with Frederick Zollo in Grey Matter Theatre Productions.
FREDERICK ZOLLO (Producer)
Along with Lucky Guy, Mr. Zollo is currently represented on Broadway by Orphans and Once, for which he won his fifth Tony Award. He has produced several films including the Academy Award Best Picture nominees Mississippi Burning and Quiz Show. He is partnered with Robert Cole in Grey Matter Productions.
DAVID MIRVISH (Producer)
is a Toronto based theatrical producer. Mr. Mirvish owns and operates four theatres in Toronto: the Royal Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, the Ed Mirvish and the Panasonic. Mirvish Productions, a company formed by Mr. Mirvish in 1986, has produced plays and musicals for these and other venues throughout Canada, on Broadway and in London’s West End. In addition, Mirvish Productions has presented more than 500 touring productions in the city of Toronto.
DARYL ROTH (Producer)
holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics, August: Osage County (2008 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony), How I Learned to Drive, Proof (2001 Tony), Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women and Wit. More than 75 award-winning productions including Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony). Currently: Annie; Asher Lev; and Kinky Boots. Love to Steven, my wonderful family, Lucy and Leo. www.DarylRothProductions.com
JAMES D. STERN (Producer)
CEO of Endgame Entertainment, Stern has produced 50 shows and films, including Looper, the Oscar-nominated An Education and the Tony-winning musicals The Producers and Hairspray. Jim directed the critically acclaimed Every Little Step and HBO’s “Sport in America.”
DOUGLAS L. MEYER (Producer)
Broadway: The Producers, Hairspray (Tony Awards); Swing!, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, A Little Night Music, Leap of Faith. Doug’s a lucky guy to be married to Stacey and have a wonderful son, David.
SCOTT & BRIAN ZEILINGER (Producers)
Broadway: I’ll Eat You Last, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman (Tony), Catch Me If You Can, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Lend Me a Tenor. West End: The Sunshine Boys, Master Class, Top Girls, Betrayal, Hair. Brian has also worked on numerous hit television shows and films. He is a member of the Junior Board of NY City Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project. www.ZeilingerProductions.com
SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS (Producer)
has initiated and produced more than 130 productions over the past 15 years. West End and Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Richard III, Jerusalem, Betrayal, The Sunshine Boys, La Cage aux Folles, Nice Work If You Can Get It, La Bête, All My Sons, The Mountaintop, The Norman Conquests, Boeing-Boeing, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, The Children’s Hour, Arcadia, A View From the Bridge, A Little Night Music, Rock ’n’ Roll, Faith Healer.
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer)
owns and operates 20 theatres in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the firm continues its tradition of producing distinguished theatrical attractions. These include Sister Act, That Championship Season, Equus, A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, Cats and Dreamgirls. Shubert Ticketing provides superior box office, call center and marketing services, as well as online products for live entertainment venues across the country.
SENOVVA, INC. (Associate Producer)
Solution-driven production with offices in NYC, L.A. and Toronto, serving the theatrical, broadcast and corporate markets. SenovvA’s Theatrical Division, led by Arianna Knapp and K Lee Harvey, list Broadway and national highlight credits of Bring It On, American Idiot, [title of show], Peter Pan, JCS, Camelot, etc. SenovvA is affiliated with North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts and Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island. See more @SenovvA.