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Theatre Aspen Hosts Panel of Industry Leaders in NYC on November 8th

October 23, 2012

The panel will center on the topics of producing for non-profit and commercial theatre and the new relationships between those entities, dealing with a changing donor landscape (less corporate, more private), co-producing, what can a board member do and more most relevant - why is theatre important?

PANELISTS:

JED BERNSTEIN (current Producing Artistic Director of the Bucks County Playhouse, former President of the Broadway League, Exec Director of Commercial Theatre Institute – CTI)After 11 years as President of the League of American Theatres and Producers, now the Broadway League, Jed launched Above The Title Entertainment, a theatre/television production company and marketing consultancy. While at the League, Jed developed such industry wide programs as: Kids' Night on Broadway, the Internet Broadway Data Base, and a corporate sponsorship program that generated $150mm+ of cash and measurable media support over eight years. Jed also played a central role in the industry's response to the events of 9/11.

Above the Title Entertainment projects have included the Off-Broadway critically acclaimed musical revue, Don't Quit Your Night Job; the 7-time Tony Award® nominated Passing Strange, the smash revival of Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths; David Mamet's highly praised Oleanna, starring Julia Stiles and Bill Pullman; the Tony Award®-winning revival of Hair; Stephen Schwartz's newly re-imagined Working in Chicago; and the Broadway and West End hit Driving Miss Daisy starring Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, and Boyd Gaines. Currently on Broadway, Jed is co-producing GRACE starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner.

Mr. Bernstein also serves as executive director of the Commercial Theater Institute, a 30+ year old training program for young producers. Additionally, he serves on the board of The Actors Fund, is a member of the O’Neill National Playwright's Conference's Artistic Council, and was appointed to the Theatre Authority by Mayor Bloomberg. In 2012, Jed launched Playhouse Productions, specifically to produce at the newly revitalized Bucks County Playhouse.

SCOTT ELLIS (Director) Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (opening Nov 13), Harvey (planning 2013 tour), Curtains (Tony nomination, Best Direction of a Musical), Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League nomination), Twelve Angry Men (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, Best Revival), The Look of Love - the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck with Chris O'Donnell, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nomination, Best Director), She Loves Me (Tony nomination; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Picnic (Outer Critics nomination), Company, A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren, Steel Pier (Tony nomination; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards). London: She Loves Me (Olivier Award). Off-Broadway: The Understudy, David Rabe's Streamers, Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Alec Baldwin; The Waverly Gallery with Eileen Heckart; The Dog Problem; That Championship Season, Dark Rapture; And the World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); and Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nom). NYC Opera: 110 in the Shade, A Little Night Music with Jeremy Irons and Juliet Stevenson, also with Victor Garber, Judith Ivey and Zoe Caldwell (L.A. Opera). Director/co-conceiver of Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and Great Performances' My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies. For television, he has directed Showtime's Weeds, NBC's30 Rock (Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series), ABC’s Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, The New Normal, the pilot of Guys with Kids, The Good Wife, Frasier, ABC's Desperate Housewives and Hope & Faith, FOX's Stacked, CBS's Charlie Lawrence and Out of Practice, and TNT's The Closer. A graduate of Chicago Goodman School of Drama, he is the recipient of their 1999 Distinguished Artist Award. He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

TODD HAIMES (Roundabout Theatre Artistic Director) has been artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre Company since July 1, 1990. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Haimes served as the theatre’s executive director, overseeing the company’s finances, marketing and fundraising. Under his leadership, Roundabout has grown from a small, off-Broadway theatre into one of the leading cultural institutions in New York City. Mr. Haimes is also a member of the Theatre Communications Group and the Times Square Alliance. He has taught Theatre Administration in the Graduate Programs at the Yale School of Drama and Brooklyn College.

MARY MCCOLL (Executive Director Actors’ Equity Association, former Exec Director of the Cowles Center, Director of Labor Relations at the Broadway League) Ms. McColl oversees the collective bargaining process for more than 30 national and regional contracts and supervises Equity's nationally based professional staff. She will work closely with Equity's Council, the Union's governing body, to develop and implement national policy, establish goals and work with the staff to carry out Equity's strategic plan. She will be the Union's representative and lead spokesperson with the media, labor, bargaining partners and government officials.

At the Cowles Center, she oversaw the renaming of the organization and the creation of a new branding and identity campaign as well as initiated improvements to the new theater's production spaces. She was the VP of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, where she held several positions including five years as the Vice President and General Manager.

"It's [also] an important moment in the industry as the business and economics of theater continue to change and I look forward to working on behalf of Equity with its many bargaining partners nationwide to ensure the stability and growth of our industry."

Actors' Equity Association represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

VICKI REISS (Executive Director of The Shubert Foundation) Ms. Reiss has been the Executive Director of The Shubert Foundation since 1993 after having been Program Director for five years. Prior to that, spent four years as Director of Development at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Served in positions including box office treasurer, business manager and associate general manager at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center and the Westport Playhouse. Helped to establish The Shubert Organization’s Tele-Charge Center, where she was Operations Manager from 1981-85. Also Adjunct Lecturer in Brooklyn College’s MFA Performing Arts Management Program.