COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE

A Joint Project of The Broadway League and TDF

COMMERCIAL THEATER INSTITUTE (CTI) IS INVESTED IN THE FUTURE

Through a variety of programs and with participation from the most distinguished professionals in our business it represents the theatre industry’s commitment to ensuring that qualified and committed producers are ready for the future.

In 2019, 57 of our alumni were nominated for Tony Awards® and we had over 100 of the most distinguished industry professionals as lecturers and panelists.

CTI is the theater industry’s leading training and professional development program, covering the widest range of topics throughout the year.

CTI’S COMMITTMENT TO DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND ANTI-RACISM

CTI believes in promoting an equitable and inclusive theatre community and recognizes that our industry must change in order to reflect those values. To that end, CTI is committed to promoting anti-racist policies and practices in our organization and our industry through raising awareness, providing opportunities for meaningful dialogue and sharing resources with our participants.  As live theatre makers, we understand that it is through the experience of listening to and learning from each other’s stories that we come to better understand each other’s journeys. Black lives matter, and CTI is committed to providing a safe space where the seeds of change can take root.

We also acknowledge that business practices need to be greatly improved, and we commit to encouraging all of our participants, staff, sponsors and speakers to confront racism, build inclusive cultures and create career opportunities which advance BIPOC artists and professionals in our industry, whether backstage, onstage or in the executive suite.

TOM VIERTEL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(2013- PRESENT)

Tom Viertel and his partners have produced a wide range of productions over 34 years, including the original Broadway productions of The Producers, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Smokey Joe’s Café, Angels in America, Penn & Teller, The Parisian Woman, The Weir, The Encounter, and Swing.

Their notable revivals include Gypsy, The Norman Conquests, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Damn Yankees, 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, and Marvin’s Room. They most recently produced the off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.

They’ve mounted many national tours and productions in London, Australia and throughout Asia. Last season they were co-producers of the Broadway productions of Oklahoma! and Be More Chill. Their productions have received dozens of awards, including 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Grammy Awards, and 2 Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Their 9 Tony Awards include all 4 “Best” categories – play, musical, revival of a play and revival of a musical.

They own and operate the acclaimed supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Viertel is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors and Government Relations Committee and a trustee of the League-Equity Pension Fund. 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.

A JOINT VENTURE

CTI is a joint project of the Broadway League, the trade association for the Broadway industry, and TDF, the leading non-profit organization that supports commercial theater.

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.

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.

TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Best known for its theatre-going programs (including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths and TDF Membership Programs), TDF’s accessibility (including open captioned, audio described and autism-friendly performances), school (serving over 12,000 New York City students annually), community engagement and information programs — as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs — have introduced millions of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational.

TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Best known for its theatre-going programs (including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths and TDF Membership Programs), TDF’s accessibility (including open captioned, audio described and autism-friendly performances), school (serving over 12,000 New York City students annually), community engagement and information programs — as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs — have introduced millions of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational.