About CTI

The Commercial Theater Institute is committed to the development and training of emerging producers. Through a wide ranging set of programs and with participation from the most distinguished professionals in our business it represents the theatre industry’s commitment to insuring that qualified and committed producers are ready for the future.

CTI is the theatre industry’s leading training and professional development program. It covers the widest range of topics throughout the year and features over 100 of the most distinguished industry professionals as lecturers and panelists.

CTI is a joint venture of the Broadway League, the trade association for the Broadway industry, and Theatre Development Fund, the leading non profit organization that supports commercial theater.

Tom Viertel – Executive Director (2013 – Present)

Tom Viertel has produced a wide range of plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in London and on tour for over 30 years. Shows include: Hairspray, The Producers, A Little Night Music, The Encounter, Gypsy, Angels in America, Young Frankenstein, The Norman Conquests, Sweeney Todd, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, The Weir, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, Oleanna, Love Letters, Driving Miss Daisy, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Penn and Teller and many others.

A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Viertel is a member of the Board of Governors, Government Relations, and Tony Management Committees of The Broadway League and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds. With his partners, Richard Frankel, Steve Baruch, and Marc Routh, he owns Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club. He is Chairman of the Board of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, America’s foremost development center for new theatrical work, in Waterford, Connecticut, the recent winner of the National Medal of Arts.


Broadway League

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit BroadwayLeague.com, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague. Download the free Broadway.org and IBDB mobile apps from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The Broadway League annually presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, with The American Theatre Wing.



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Since 1968, TDF’s programs have provided over 90 million people with access to performances at affordable prices and have returned over $2.5 billion to thousands of productions. Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, outreach, access (including its Autism Theatre Initiative) and education programs — as well as its Costume Collection — have introduced thousands of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone, including students and people with disabilities. TDF honors include a 2011 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, a 2012 Tony Honor for Excellence for its Open Doors Arts Education Program, a 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for its support of the off-Off Broadway community, a 2013 Lucille Lortel honor for “Outstanding Body of Work” in support of the Off Broadway community, a 2016 “Friend of Off Broadway” honor from The Off Broadway Alliance and New York City’s 2016 TITLE II ADA Sapolin Public Service Award. For more information about everything TDF does, please visit tdf.org.