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Freydberg, James - "Producing with Passion"

James B. Freydberg's most recent Broadway production was Julia Sweeney's GOD SAID "HA!" last season.  In addition, during the 1996 season, he was represented by the musical BIG, based on the film of the same name.

In the Spring of 1995 he produced the film ZOOMAN by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Charles Fuller, starring Academy award winner Lou Gossett, Jr.

In the 1993-94 season he produced Claudia Shear starring in her award winning play BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE both off-Broadway as well as in Los Angeles.

In the 1992-93 season Mr. Freydberg produced on Broadway the smash hit FOOL MOON starring David Shiner and Bill Irwin, which played a limited engagement in 1995.  He also produced FOOL MOON in Los Angeles, Vienna and Munich in 1994.

In the 1992-93 season, Mr. Freydberg also produced the off-Broadway hit WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH written by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz, starring George C. Scott, Toy Danza and Jami Gertz, directed by Garry Marshall.  This production also played in Los Angeles.

He co-produced Paul Rudnick's comedy I HATE HAMLET starring Nicol Williamson on Broadway in the 1990-91 season.  On Broadway and the London West End he produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's BURN THIS starring John Malkovich.  Since 1982, his Broadway productions have received over thirty-five Tony nominations and include BURN THIS; Bill Irwin and Friends in LARGELY NEW YORK; Andrew Lloyd Webber's SONG & DANCE, starring Bernadette Peters; Athol Fugard's BLOOD KNOT and "MASTER HAROLD"... AND THE BOYS, which received the New York and Outer Critic's circle Award for Best Play; Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's BABY; and Hugh Leonards' critically acclaimed play A LIFE  He co-produced Athol Fugard's New York Drama Critic's Circle Award winning Best foreign Play THE ROAD TO MECCA.  He was the Executive Producer of the off-Broadway hit comedy KATHY & MO:  PARALLEL LIVES starring Kathy Najimy & Mo Gaffney.

Mr. Freydberg has served as an advisor to the National Endowment's Opera Musical Theatre Development program.  He created the American Playwrights Project with Jujamcyn Theatres which commissioned ten playwrites for the purpose of writing for the American theater.  Mr. Freydberg has produced over sixty productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theaters combined.  He also serves as President of Fremond Associates, Inc., a theatrical general management firm.

In addition to theater production, Mr. Freydberg is a partner of Pachyderm Entertainment which is a film, television and theater development company.  Pachyderm produced the firm Dr. Big screen for Sony's IMAX theater and in 1997 opened MADHATTAN at Las Vegas' New York, New York HOtel.  Mr. Freydberg also produced the award-winning film THE TRIAL OF BERNARD GOETZ for PBS American Playhouse and was the co-creator and producer of NBC Theater which commissioned playwrights to write dramatic films for television.

Mr. Freydberg will be co-producing the Robert Greenut the upcoming film, PERILOUS NIGHT, which was created by Woody Allen.
 

Gibbs, Nancy Nagel

Nancy Nagel Gibbs has been a theatrical manager in New York since 1977.  General Manager:  DE LA GUARDA, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, VISITING MR. GREEN, THE LAST SESSION, the original and revival productions of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, FULL GALLOP and THE SANTALAND DIARIES.  General Manager Ford's Theatre:  ELMER GANTRY, A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  General Manager of Lamb's Theatre Company:  JOHN AND JEN, OPAL, JOHNNY PYE, THE VIEW FROM HERE, and THE ROADS TO HOME.  Associate Producer:  SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE LAST SESSION, GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY (benefit for the Museum of the City of New York at Carnegie Hall in 1992).  Company Manager:  LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, BETRAYAL, LUNCH HOUR, TOMFOOLERY, A FEW GOOD MEN, THE SPEED OF DARKNESS, BUBBE MEISES/BUBBE STORIES, WIZ NATIONAL COMPANY, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA.  Comptroller:  SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, JEFFERY, LATER LIFE, FAMILY SECRETS, STOMP, DAS BARBECU, DEALTH DEFYING ACTS.  Administor of the Pension and Welfare Funds of ATPAM.
 

Gindi, Roger - "Budgeting for the new off-Broadway"

Mr. Gindi is the General Manager and Producer of the off-Broadway hit Shakespeare's "R&J"

Herold, Patrick - "Role of the Talent Agent"

Patrick Herold currently heads Helen Merrill Ltd., a talent agency representing writers, directors and designers for the theatre, television and film. He is the former Associate General Manager of Lincoln Center Theater, where he worked from 1989 to 1996. Herold served as the Director of Development at New York Theatre Workshop from 1986 to 1989. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University's School of the Arts and a B.A. from Bennington College.

Hess, Rodger - "Art of Raising Money"

Rodger Hess (Producer) Broadway credits; the current Broadway revival of 1776; Annie: The 20th Anniversary Production; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Jelly's Last Jam; Leader of the Pack; and The Five O'Clock Girl. Off-Broadway includes Cowgirls, Fallen Angels, Potholes, How I got That Story, Blame it on the Movies. Tours: Annie, A Chorus Line; Evita; Elvis:  A Musical Celebration, Run for Your Wife; the Nintendo World Championships: and the worldwide touring arena shows starring Bugs Bunny nd the Warner Bros. cartoon characters.

Poland, Albert

Albert manages the Astor Place Theatre where BLUEMAN GROUP/TUBES is in its eighth year and is also a producer and general manager. Albert is currently serving as general manager for the Broadway productions of WAIT UNTIL DARK and LAST NIGHT AT BALLYHOO (Tony Award Best Play), off-Broadway Mark Salem's MIND GAMES and the national touring company of Steve martin's PICASSO AT LAPIN AGILE.

Poppleton, L. Glenn

L. Glenn Poppleton is Director of Sales for Dodger Touring/D.Tours, an independent booking and marketing company for Broadway touring attractions, currently representing Titanic, Footloose, High Society, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, Slava's Snowshow, Savion Glover:  Downtown and Mandy Patinkin in Concert.  He also managed the three year New York run of the interactive play Tamara and worked in the press office for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Sweet Charity and Me and My Girl.  Glenn was part of the management team that opened and operated Boston's Wang Center from 1980-83.

Repecci, Bill - "War Stories"

WILLIAM REPICCI is currently producing Aviva Jane Carlin’s one woman tour-de- force Jodie’s Body. He is developing the musical Kansas for Broadway and has partnered with Toronto based Rare Gems Productions for the European tour of Squonk Opera which commences this spring. He produced and general managed the Off Broadway production of Swingtime Canteen which he co-wrote with Linda Thorsen Bond and Charles Busch. Swingtime Canteen had a workshop production at The Actors’ Playhouse in New York City in 1992, followed by developmental productions at three not-for-profit theatres: The American Stage Company (Teaneck, N.J. -1992), Light Opera of Manhattan (Playhouse 91-1993) and The Bay Street Theatre Festival (Sag Harbor, L.I., NY-1994). It began its Off Broadway run on February 24, 1995 at The Blue Angel Theatre on West 44th Street and ran for 10 months before opening in London. He produced the musical at The Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City and the cast album.

He has also produced or co-produced the Off Broadway productions of Charles Busch’s Red Scare on Sunset, Jules Feiffer’s Carnal Knowledge, John Ford Noonan’s Talking Things over with Chekhov, Robert Patrick’s Untold Decades and John Glines’ On Tina Tuna Walk. He co-produced Jerry Mayer’s comedy Aspirin & Elephants at The American Stage Company, which marked the directorial debut of Jim Dale. As president and artistic director of the Performing Arts Preservation Association (PAPA) , he has produced and general managed the Off Broadway productions of Terry Sweeney’s Nancy Reagan send-up It’s Still My Turn, Michel Trembley’s Hosanna and Anthony Bruno’s Soul Survivor, as well as the national tour of David Freeman’s Creeps and the recording Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness , featuring Greenwich Village jazz legend Marie Blake. On March 26, 1998 the jazz era documentary The Ladies of Grove Street , which he wrote and produced, will air on New York PBS affiliate WNET.

Schnitzer, Fred - "Telemarketing: State of the Arts"

Fred Schnitzer, a theatrical producer, marketing consultant, writer and voice-over artist, is the founder and former President of Advance Entertainment New York, a unique personalized entertainment membership service utilizing telemarketing to advance sell tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and other entertainment events and services.

Over 400 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows have been represented since the company's inception in March of 1987. Schnitzer sold Advance Entertainment in 1992 to a public company and remained President and COO for five years. In 1995, the company was awarded a contract with The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau to execute a project known as New York Convention Concierge, designed to serve convention delegates coming to New York City with theatre and sports tickets, dining, cars and limousines, specials services and tourist attractions. Schnitzer left the company he started a decade ago in March of this year.

Schnitzer has achieved a proven track record of sales and fundraising excellence in telemarketing for the entertainment industry. He has designed, supervised, executed and consulted on almost 400 telemarketing projects for the performing arts (commercial and not-for-profit), cable television and sports. Clients have included Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Seattle Opera, New Haven Symphony, Cox Cable Television, Warner-Amex Cable TV, the Chicago Sting Hockey team and the New Jersey Generals Football Team.

Schnitzer's producing credits include, the Toronto Premiere of AGNES OF GOD, BEYOND THERAPY, GARDENIA and GORILLA, as well as numerous fundraising and >special events. He currently is working on three children's TV shows and an action/adventure television script entitled: URL WEBER: Cyber Detective.

Singer, Dana - "Negotiating Author Agreements"    "Legal & Business Issues for Authors"

Dana Singer is the author of the "Stage Writers Handbook: A Complete Business Guide for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Librettists," published in 1997 by TCG Books, and former Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild.
Having counselled thousands of stage writers, Dana is now an arts consultant based in Missoula, and also gives seminars around the country on the wide range of business considerations inherent in writing for the theater.

Dana is a project consultant with the Montana Arts Council, creating and restructuring several grants programs.   She is also a development officer with the Missoula Children's Theatre, researching and writing their grant applications for the MCT International Tour Project, and one of three administrators of the Missoula Writers' Colony.  Dana just recently completed
her responsibilities as the Chair of the U.S./Russian Copyright Project, under the aegis of the American Theater Exchange Initiative, which culminated in a seminar held in Moscow in April 1998 for playwrights, theatre managers, professors, and attorneys.  Dana serves on the national advisory boards of New Dramatists, the Edward Albee Theatre Conference, and Austin Script Works. Her article "A Well-Written Play is Only the Beginning" appears in the 1998 Student's Guide to Playwriting Opportunities, 2nd ed., edited by Michael Wright and published by Theatre Directories.

Dana has her law degree from Rutgers Law School and a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition and Piano.  She was a litigator for the entertainment law firm Gold Farrell and Marks.

Singer, Margery - Advanced Theatre Marketing

Entertainment Marketing Consultant - Special Events Producer.

Margery Singer has been professionally associated with a variety of live entertainmnet events for more than 20 years. As an Entertainment Marketing Consultatnt, Margery has developed the marketing and promotional campaigns for several Broadway and off-Broadway producers for shows including: "High Society", "1776", "Mandy Patinkin on Broadway", "Titanic", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "The King and I," "Moon Over Buffalo," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!" "Show Boat," "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"; "The Who's Tommy"; "Guys and Dolls", "Crazy for You"; "She Loves Me", "The Secret Garden"; "The Song of Jacob Zulu"; Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story"; "Teddy and Alice"; "Uptown it's Hot", "The Good Times are Killing Me"; "Only Kiddding"; "Forever Plain"; and "Oil City Symphony,"

Prior to forming her own buisness, Margery served as Marketing Director, Madison Square Garden Enterprises, Madison Square Garden Corporation. Additional previous employment included: Director of Public Relations, The 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid Games; Director of Field Operations and Senior Publicist, The American Freedom Train Foundation.

Nationwide, Margery has directed the advertising, promotion, public relations and/or sponsorhip campigns for: Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center; Nederlander Amphiteaters; Jones Beach Theater, PACE Ampitheaters; The Beach Boys 25th Anniversary Tour; and HBO's Comic Relief.

Margery is on the Board of Directors of Variety The Children's Charity. In this capacity, she develops entertainment attractions for numerous charitiable events including its annual telethon and radiothon.

Slaughter, Harriet

Harriet Slaughter is a graduate of the University of Texas, and received her BFA degree in dance and drama.  She received her master's degree in Arts Administration from New York University.  Her professional credits span from acting at the Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, Texas, to singing and dancing on Broadway to acting as Program Director for jazz and classical concerts at Town Hall.

She has been a Broadway production assistant, was elected an AEA Councilor, has served as former Assistant Executive Secretary at Actors' Equity Association where she formulated the first letter of agreement contracts for Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle Rep Co.

She is currently Director of Labor Relations for The League of American Theatres and Producers, a post she has held for 19 years.  She is former Vice President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and on the board of the Encompass Music Theatre.  Most recently she established, with Dorothy Olim and Maria Di Dia, BWAY (Better Wellness and You) health coalition which gave rise to the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative under the aegis of the Actor's Fund which holds a yearly benefit "Nothing Like a Dame" with proceeds going to women's health needs in the entertainment industry.
 

Viertel, Tom - "Sponsorship Opportunities"

Producer of many Broadway and off-Broadway shows including the new Broadway production of the classic "Sound of Music" sponsored by Hallmark Cards

Ward, Jean S.

Jean has represented clients in the theatrical industry for the past 13 years, among them producers, authors, music publishers, theatre owners, creative personnel and investors.  She has been production counsel for Broadway, off-Broadway and/or touring productions of such shows as "Les Miserables", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Jelly's Last Jam", "Crazy for You", "Five Guys Named Moe", "Miss Saigon", "The World Goes 'Round... The Songs of Kander and Ebb", "Stomp", The Royal National Theatre's "Carousel", "Jane Eyre" and "freak", as well as non-Equity touring production so such shows as "Carousel", "Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe".  Upcoming production projects include:  U.S. Touring and Broadway production of  "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Columbia Artists Management and Fox Associates), U.S. Touring and Broadway production of "Jolson" (The Troika Organization), U.S. Touring production of "Dr. Doolittle" (The Troika Organization), U.S. Touring and off-Broadway  production of "Trainspotting" (Columbia Artists Management), Broadway and Touring production of "The Glenn Miller STory" (Columbia Artists Management), Touring production of  "Freak" (Arielle Tepper, Bill Haber and Gregory Mosher), and Broadway production of "North and South" (written by Charles Strouse, John Jakes and Richard Maltby; produced by Janet Brenner Maltby).

Jean graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced corporate law for several years at Ropes and Gray in Boston and Morgan, Lewis & Bocklus in Philadelphia before moving to Nw York in 1985 to practice entertainment law at Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz.  Jean was a partner at Leavy, Rosensweig & Hyman before opening her own office in 1996.  Jean has returned to Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, continuing to practice entertainment law specializing in theatre.  She has taught Law and Theatre at Columbia Law School and lectures frequently on theatrical law at National Law Journal and Bar Association Seminars.
 

Wreghitt, Randall - "Intro Theater Marketing"

Randall created and heads Iowa Boy Productions and is currently producing Martin McDonagh's internationally praised play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Douglas Carter Beane's hit comedy, As Bees in Honey Drown. In addition, he has produced Karen Trott's acclaimed one person musical, The Springhill Singing Disaster (Drama Desk nomination), the hit revival of Mart Crowley's The Boys in The Band (off-Broadway and on London's West End), Nicky Silver's long running, Obie Award-winning hit; The Food Chain (outer Critics Circle Nomination for best Off-Broadway play); Mark St. Germaine's award-winning comedy; Camping with Henry & Tom (outer Critics Circle and Lortel Awards for best Off-Broadway Play); the Off-Broadway cult hit musical, Zombie Prom. He was the Associate Producer of Edward Albee's Pultizer Prize-winning play, Three Tall Women, Upcoming productions include and The Doctor's Wife, a new musical based on Madame Bovary. Randall is the recipient of the 1996 Robert Whitehead Award for "outstanding achievement in commercial theatrical producing."

In addition, Randall has also created and heads Pro-Marketing, a marketing and promotions company that specializes in entertainment. Pro-Marketing has proven to be one of the leaders in the area of corporate and media promotional involvement with commercial theatre. Clients include and have included: the revival of Present Laughter; Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Grace & Glorie; Mere Mortals; The Last Empress; Magic on Broadway; Bermuda Avenue Triangle, The Food Chain; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; As Bees in Honey Dorwn; 2 Pianos / 4 Hands, Marc Salem's Mind Games; Visiting Mr. Green; Circus Diva; Boys in the Bank; When Pigs Fly; June Moon; Secrets Every Traveler Should Know, Gross Indency: The Three Trails of Oscal Wilde and more.

Prior to creating Iowa Boy Productions and Pro-Marketing, Randall served as the Director of Marketing & Promotions for the Big Apple Circus. Before that, he was a Senior Marketing Representative at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. His entertainment marketing career began in Minneapolis, MN at the Chanhassen Theaters nineteen years ago as the Director of Marketing and Group Sales, followed by a stint as the Director of Marketing of the Chimera Thater Company in St. Paul, MN.

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