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 TDF, the leading non-profit organization that supports commercial theater.
Tom Viertel – Executive Director (2013 – Present)
Tom Viertel and his partners have produced and managed a wide range of productions for the past 32 years, including, among others, the original Broadway productions of The Parisian Woman with Uma Thurman, The Producers, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Smokey Joe’s Café, Angels in America, Penn & Teller, The Weir, The Encounter, and Swing. Their notable revivals include Gypsy with Patti LuPone, The Norman Conquests, A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury and later Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, John Doyle’s groundbreaking productions of Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris and Company with Raul Esparza, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Nathan Lane and later Whoopi Goldberg, Damn Yankees, and the first-ever Broadway revivals of The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors. Notable off-Broadway premieres include Driving Miss Daisy, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, Oleanna, Jeffrey, Marvin’s Room, and Stomp. They’ve mounted many national tours and productions in London, Australia, Canada, Europe, and throughout Asia. This season they are co-producing The Band’s Visit and Angels in America on Broadway and Young Frankenstein in the West End. Their productions have received dozens of awards, including 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Grammy Awards, and 2 Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Their 6 Tony Awards include all 4 “Best” categories – play, musical, revival of a play and revival of a musical. They own and operate the acclaimed Broadway-themed nightclub/cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below, which presents over 700 performances each year and has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues.
A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Viertel is a member of the Board of Governors, Government Relations, and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds.
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, winner of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.
THE BROADWAY LEAGUE
The Broadway League (Charlotte St. Martin, President), 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 over 200 markets in North America. Each year, League members bring Broadway to over 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. The Broadway League has recently added a new category for International membership to collaborate with professionals from around the world who produce and present Broadway quality theatre. The Broadway League annually co-presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry. For more information visit BroadwayLeague.com or follow @BroadwayLeague on Twitter and visit us at Facebook.com/BroadwayLeague.
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.