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 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. Mr. Viertel is a member of the Broadway League’s Board of Governors.
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. Follow @Broadway on Instagram for more Broadway content.
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 theatregoing 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. To learn more about TDF, go to: www.tdf.org.