Recognizing Alumni for Producing Achievement
The Commercial Theater Institute administers the Robert Whitehead Award. Each year the award honors a CTI graduate for outstanding achievement in commercial theater producing.
First presented in 1993, the award is named for legendary Broadway producer Robert Whitehead, who won Tony Awards® for producing A Man for All Seasons, Death of a Salesman (1984 revival), and Master Class. He also received a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater in 2002.
- 1 2016 – Stacey Mindich
- 2 2015 – Robert Cole
- 3 2013 – Jeffrey Finn
- 4 2012 – Jon Platt
- 5 2011 – Jill Furman
- 6 2010 – Stuart Thompson
- 7 2009 – Dori Berinstein
- 8 2008 – Nick Scandalios
- 9 2004 – David Binder
- 10 2000 – Anne Strickland Squadron
- 11 1999 – Eric Krebs
- 12 1998 – Liz Oliver
- 13 1997 – Marc Routh
- 14 1996 – Randall L. Wreghitt
- 15 1995 – Kevin McCollum
- 16 1994 – Dennis Grimaldi
- 17 1993- Susan Quint Gallin & Benjamin Mordecai
2016 – Stacey Mindich
Stacey Mindich is a Tony Award-winning producer and was recently named one of Variety’s Entertainment Elite.
She is honored to have worked with such artists as William Finn, Jason Robert Brown, Charles Strouse, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Adam Gwon, Benjamin Scheuer, Pasek & Paul, Maury Yeston, Michael Greif, James Lapine, Bart Sher, Jack O’Brien, Michael Grandage, Michael Mayer, Leigh Silverman, Diane Paulus, Marsha Norman, Will Eno, Steven Levenson, Quiara Hudes and many others. Noteworthy productions include the Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Bridges of Madison County (Tony Award, Best Score), Annie, The Heiress, Lucky Guy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lion (Drama Desk Award) and this season’s much-anticipated Hughie.
After a critically-acclaimed run at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, Stacey Mindich Productions’ newest project, Dear Evan Hansen, will have its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre in March. The original musical features a score by the Tony-nominated composing team of Pasek & Paul, a book by Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson and is directed by Rent and Next to Normal’s Tony-nominated Michael Greif. In his review this summer, Peter Marks of The Washington Post wrote this of Dear Evan Hansen “it is a heart-piercingly lovely and a trip to the exciting place that musical theater sometimes takes you, a destination of wholly unexpected impact, where characters burst into song and you, in spite of yourself, burst into tears.”
Dear Evan Hansen was born out of a commissioning program at Stacey Mindich Productions that pairs emerging composers with the esteemed directors of our industry. Believing deeply in the need to premiere new musical works and nurture new voices, Stacey has also funded and enhanced productions for a variety of not-for-profit theaters including Playwrights Horizons (The Dead, Burnt Part Boys, The Shaggs, Far from Heaven and Fly by Night), The Roundabout Theatre Company (Ordinary Days and The Disappearance of Tom Durnin), Williamstown Theatre Festival (an as-of-yet untitled Benjamin Scheuer project) and Second Stage (Quiara Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful and Jason Robert Brown’s beloved The Last Five Years). Stacey has also established The Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musicals at Lincoln Center Theater, to commission new musicals (Women on the Verge, Dogfight) and support stellar revivals such as the Tony Award-winning South Pacific and the Tony Award-winning The King and I.
Stacey is the co-chair of the board at New York City Center, home to the Tony Award-winning Encores series of musical revivals and its newest series, Stacey’s brainchild, Encores: Off-Center. Led by artistic director Jeanine Tesori, Off-Center spotlights off-Broadway revivals interpreted for a new generation. Stacey is a founding board member of the Lilly Awards, where she presents the annual “Go Write a Play Award,” which supports a new work by a female playwright every year. Past recipients include Tanya Barfield, Neena Beeber and Heidi Schreck. She also initiated the “Fund for New Musicals” at the National Alliance for Musical Theater, where she was vice president of the board for many years.
Prior to her career in theater, Stacey was a journalist and editor. She was Senior Editor at Town & Country for many years. Stacey began her career as a reporter for The New York Times, and has also written for Newsday, Self, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Departures. She is the author of the book Town & Country’s Elegant Weddings and her essays have appeared in a collection of anthologies called Social Graces. Married to Eric Mindich for 20 years, their proudest co-productions are sons Russell, Danny and Charlie.
2015 – Robert Cole
ROBERT COLE has worked in the professional theatre since 1975. He has been a producer, general manager, teacher, literary agent and actor. His experience in the entertainment industry also includes film and television development and consulting for performing arts organizations. In 1979 Cole founded the Michael Chekhov Studio, an acting school for professional actors in New York. He served as the Studio’s artistic director until 1982 when he began to pursue a career in producing. He continues to teach acting at various colleges and acting studios. Robert Cole made his Broadway producing debut in 1984 with August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He is the recipient of 4 Tony Awards. Other credits include The Crucible (starring Liam Neison & Laura Linney), Death of a Salesman (starring Brian Dennehy); Angels in America; Horton Foote’s The Young Man from Atlanta; Lanford Wilson’s Redwood Curtain (starring Jeff Daniels); Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Eric Bogosian’s Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (starring Gary Sinise); Mamet’s The Cryptogram; Sam Shepard’s Buried Child; John Leguizamo’s Freak; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (starring Ashley Judd); A Raisin in the Sun (starring Sean Combs); and Emily Mann’s Having Our Say. Mr. Cole produced the film, Tape directed by Richard Linklater and starring Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke. In 2002 Robert Cole took a hiatus from producing. Upon sensing the 7-year itch in 2009 he returned to producing with a development deal with the Shubert Organization. Since that return he has produced Once, Lucky Guy (Tom Hanks), A Steady Rain (Daniel Craig & Hugh Jackman); That Championship Season (2011); Orphans and Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina. Cole is a member of the The Broadway League and serves on its Board of Governors.
2013 – Jeffrey Finn
JEFFREY FINN is an award-winning Broadway producer; a three-time Tony Award nominee; president and founder of Jeffrey Finn Productions, a live production company that specializes in First Class Broadway and touring theatricals; president and founder of Hot On Broadway, a corporate entertainment agency that works exclusively with stars from Broadway’s biggest shows; co-author and producer of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Game Show; an upstanding member of the Broadway League; and a proud graduate of Connecticut College. He is a frequent lecturer on strategic fundraising, investor relations, and developing new works for the stage with regional theatres. Jeffrey received the 2013 Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in commercial theatre producing. Collectively, his shows have grossed over $200 million worldwide. Current projects include the new Broadway-bound musical The Honeymooners, based on the classic CBS sitcom.
Since 1992, Jeffrey has produced eleven Broadway shows and over twenty-five National Tours and Regional Productions. His Broadway credits The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei; John Logan’s critically acclaimed I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler; Dead Accounts starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz; Seminar starring Alan Rickman; Kathie Lee Gifford’s Scandalous starring Carolee Carmello; the Tony Award nominated production of Green Day’s American Idiot; the Tony Award nominated revival of A View From The Bridge starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; David Mamet’s Oleanna starring Julia Stiles and Bill Pullman; Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, Rupert Everett and Christine Ebersole; and the Tony Award nominated revival of On Golden Pond starring James Earl Jones. National Tour highlights include The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber; The Who’s Tommy; Leader Of The Pack; Tell Me On A Sunday; Promises, Promises; Company; Chess; and numerous Broadway Songbooks concert tours. In addition to his commercial work, Jeffrey is notable for his relationships with some of the top regional and not-for-profit theatres around the country, including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and many more.
As a corporate event professional under the banner “Hot On Broadway,” Jeffrey has produced customized musical entertainment across the globe for several Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Disney, Bayer, GE, The Ritz-Carlton, PepsiCo, Toyota, Citi, Prudential, Fidelity, H&R Block, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and many more. His business accomplishments have been featured in American Express Business Platinum Ventures Magazine, Events Magazine, Corporate & Incentive Travel, Southern California Meetings & Events, and Meetings Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal.
In 2000, Jeffrey co-authored the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Game Show. The play continues to be produced extensively both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit: JeffreyFinnProductions.com and HotOnBroadway.com
2012 – Jon Platt
JON B. PLATT, President of THE BROADWAY COMPANY, is a Tony Award winning producer whose Broadway slate is extraordinary when tallying the sheer number of productions and their broad range of topics.
Mr. Platt is an original producer of the most honored dramatic work in Broadway history, Angels in America. This two-part play won the Pulitzer Prize and seven Tony Awards, accomplishing the unprecedented feat of winning the Tony for Best Play two years in a row. Nominated for twenty-two Tony’s, Mr. Platt has won eight; Book of Mormon, God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, Death of a Salesman, A Raisin in the Sun, Copenhagen and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Perestroika.
His Broadway credits include: Wicked (Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel) The Book of Mormon, No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot (Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart), Betrayal (Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz), I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers (Bette Midler), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Scarlett Johansson), The Heiress (Jessica Chastain), Death of a Salesman (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Venus in Fur, Cyrano de Bergerac (Kevin Kline, Jennifer Garner), Exit The King (Geoffrey Rush), The Motherfucker with the Hat (Chris Rock), Driving Miss Daisy (James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave), A View From The Bridge (Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber), among many others. In London’s West End, Mr. Platt’s roster includes Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Children’s Hour (Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Moss), as well as Driving Miss Daisy.
This season Mr. Platt is represented on Broadway by This Is Our Youth (Michael Cera), The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, A Delicate Balance (Glenn Close, John Lithgow), Skylight (Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan), The Audience (Helen Mirren), Fish in the Dark (Larry David) and The Public Theatre’s Fun Home.
He launched his theatrical career in Boston where he revitalized The Colonial Theatre, The Wilbur Theatre and The Charles Playhouse. Mr. Platt’s loving restorations of the above treasures gave artists and audiences alike the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts in these splendid institutions well into the future. During his tenure in Boston Mr. Platt launched numerous pre-Broadway premieres and National tours. Mr. Platt had the vision to produce Blue Man Group in its legitimate theatre debut. Blue Man Group continues to run in The Charles Playhouse, now entering its 20th year. Due to his work at the Colonial and Wilbur Theatres and for establishing Blue Man Group as a Boston institution, The New York Times announced “Boston is now ranked second among twenty-five cities in gross earnings from Broadway shows, up from twenty-fourth a year earlier.” Mr. Platt subsequently received the prestigious “Elliot Norton Award” for “showing the vision and taking the risk to reinvigorate the commercial theatre in Boston.”
Mr. Platt’s national tour productions include The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, The Sound of Music, Sunset Boulevard, Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof and many others.
Mr. Platt enjoys restoring historic theatres and architecturally significant homes. He collaborated with architect Frank Gehry to restore Schnabel House in Los Angeles, a home featured in Living Architecture’s “20 Greatest American Houses of the 20th Century.” Mr. Platt, Halle Berry, and Tiffany & Co. hosted a star-studded event at Schnabel House to benefit Ms. Berry’s Jenesse Center for victims of domestic abuse. Jon teaches and raises funds for numerous not-for-profit organizations including The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association who honored him with a special award “in gratitude for creating the opportunities which are enriching our children’s lives.”
2011 – Jill Furman
JILL FURMAN (Producer) received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights. Other Broadway credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Heiress, Seminar, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sly Fox and Fortune’s Fool. Off-Broadway credits include On the Line and Adult Entertainment. Jill also produces the hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme: both a live show and a TV series, currently airing on the Pivot Network. Member: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
2010 – Stuart Thompson
STUART THOMPSON (1955-2017) produced the 2014-2015 season’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time and The River. Other Broadway shows he produced includes No Man’s Land / Waiting for Godot in repertory, both starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Sean Mathias’ productions, Mike Nichols production of Death of Salesmen, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Testament of Mary, with Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012-2013), directed by Rob Ashford with Scarlett Johansson, Jerusalem with Mark Rylance in Ian Rickson’s production, The Motherf**ker With the Hat starring Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale under Anna Shapiro’s direction, A View From the Bridge (2010) with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson directed by Gregory Mosher, and Exit the King with Geoffrey Rush, as well as God of Carnage, and Deuce. Thompson was also the executive producer of the three U.S. companies of The Book of Mormon and a co-producer of the London production. He received 4 Tony Awards as a producer.
He began his producing career on Broadway with David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood in 1997 and went on to co-produce The Chairs, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play and Not About Nightingales. He subsequently produced the MTC transfers of the two longest running plays of the last 21 years, Proof and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Other credits include The Play What I Wrote, The Retreat from Moscow, and On Golden Pond. Off-Broadway, he produced Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things and Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. Having produced Mike Bartlett’s play, Cock, off Broadway, he also produced the same author’s new play King Charles III in London’s West End.
Stuart Thompson was an expatriate Australian who moved to New York in the early 1980’s, initially as a graduate student at NYU. Robert Whitehead was his mentor, as was Lewis Allen. They hired him as general manager for their production in 1989 of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. Since then, Stuart Thompson’s general management company has been responsible for Over 90 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Touring productions, including Tru, Blood Brothers, A Doll’s House, Take Me Out, Art, An Ideal Husband, Faith Healer, Caroline, or Change, Three Days of Rain, Boeing-Boeing, Shrek The Musical, You’re Welcome America, The Seagull. He was the General Manager for four plays by David Hare: The Blue Room, Amy’s View, The Judas Kiss and Skylight. He also was the Executive Producer as well as General Manager for Hare’s The Vertical Hour and The Year of Magical Thinking written by Joan Didion and directed by Davie Hare.
2009 – Dori Berinstein
DORI BERINSTEIN is a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer and an Emmy-award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television.
As an award-winning Documentary Filmmaker, Dori directed, wrote and produced: Marvin Hamlisch; What He Did For Love (2013 / Emmy Award) a deeply personal, insider and candid look at one of the greatest artists of our time (for American Masters); Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) revealing the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon – both onstage and off…past and present; Gotta Dance (2009), capturing the adventures of the first ever, senior citizen hip- hop dance team for the New Jersey Nets basketball team from auditions through to center court stardom (now becoming a Broadway Musical); Some Assembly Required (2008), chronicling six teams of determined teenagers as they navigate ‘the game of life’ on their quest to win the national toy invention crown and ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway (2007) chronicling the behind-the-curtain passion, exhilaration, drama, sweat and high stakes creative and financial risks of four new Broadway musicals.
For Television, Dori Co-Created, Executive-Produced and Directed Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming on Oxygen (2002-2003 – A series of five 1-hour star-packed TV Specials). Dori also Co-Created, Executive-Produced and Directed 4 seasons of The Isaac Mizrahi Show on Oxygen (2001-2004 – 70 Episodes). Additionally, Dori’s documentaries ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway and Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, both premiered on Showtime. Dori served as an Executive for Oxygen Media and as a Consultant for MTV, Nickelodeon, NBC and Sesame Workshop.
Her 12 Broadway productions include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award – Best Play Revival); Legally Blonde: The Musical (Olivier Award – Best Musical – London, Touring Broadway Award – Best Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award – Best Musical), The Crucible (Tony Nomination – Best Play Revival), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award – Best Play Revival), Fool Moon (Special Tony Award), Flower Drum Song (Tony Nomination), Enchanted April (Tony Nomination) and Golden Child (Tony Nomination).
Dori recently received Broadway’s Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing. Further, as co-founder of Camp Broadway, an immersive behind-the-scenes Theatre Camp for kids, Dori is committed to instilling in kids a life-long love for the arts. Dori executive produced and/or supervised over 50 feature, special f/x and/or animated productions, including Isaac Mizrahi’s award-winning documentary Unzipped, Dirty Dancing (both the feature & TV series) and Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3-D. She has executive produced websites for Oprah and President Clinton. She spearheads creative and production for DreamWorks Theatricals and has worked as a Producer and/or an Executive for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, NBC, MTV, Sesame Workshop, Oxygen Media, Vestron Pictures, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Dori began her professional career as an Investment Banker in Mergers & Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley.
2008 – Nick Scandalios
NICK SCANDALIOS is the Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization, one of the largest owners of legitimate theatres in the world, as well as one of the largest theatrical producing organizations in North America. He is the Chairman of The Broadway League and on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Chairman of Family Equality Council. This year will mark his 27th anniversary with the Nederlander Organization. Nederlander owns or operates theatres in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Tucson, AZ; North Charleston, SC; Durham, NC and London, England.
2004 – David Binder
2000 – Anne Strickland Squadron
ANNE STRICKLAND SQUADRON was a theatrical producer both on and off-Broadway from 1994 – 2006. She co-presented the Broadway productions of Kiki & Herb: Alive On Broadway (Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event); Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home (Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event); It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (Tony Award nomination for Best Musical); The Herbal Bed; and Paul Robeson starring Avery Brooks. Off Broadway producing credits include Star Billing, the Theatrical Reminiscences of Alexander H. Cohen; Papa starring Len Cariou as Ernest Hemingway; Song by Song – The Music of Michael Valenti; the musical political satires, Capitol Steps and What’s A Nice Country Like You Doing In A State Like This?; and the musical Lust. She served as associate producer or co-producer with several non-profit theaters including the Drama Dept., Primary Stages, MCC and the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Prior to her work in the theater, Anne was a staff attorney at Bronx Legal Services after having been a volunteer attorney for Children’s Rights when it was still a project at the ACLU. More recently, she has done extensive volunteer work with the American Red Cross, New York Public Radio, and the Matrimonial Division of the New York Supreme Court. She serves on the Emeriti Council of New York City Center, and is currently employed as the assistant to an award-wining actress.
1999 – Eric Krebs
ERIC KREBS has been a theatrical producer as well as a professor for over 40 years. On Broadway he produced Electra , It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues , Bill Maher in his Victory Begins at Home, Avery Brooks in Paul Robeson and Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party. His Broadway productions have received 10 Tony Award nominations. Off-Broadway, he produced over 40 productions, including Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love, Neil LaButte’s Bash, The Capitol Steps, This Is Our Youth, etc. and built and operated the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theaters for 23 years. In the not-for-profit theater, he founded and was Artistic Director of the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, a regional theater now in its fortieth season. He served as Chairman of the AMAS Musical Theater for 22 years. He is a professor emeritus at Rutgers University and is currently a Professor of Theater at Baruch College of the City University of New York. In 2011, he built The Playroom Theater, a 62 seat venue on West 46 Street, where he “plays.”
1998 – Liz Oliver
LIZ OLIVER’s producing credits include Buried Child (five Tony nominations), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Tony Award, Best Play), and Wait Until Dark, featuring Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei. She received the Commercial Theater Institute’s 1998 Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing. Liz started her professional career in public television, in which she worked for 9 years after graduating from Yale. For WNET/13 in New York she produced, acquired and developed work by independent filmmakers. Following WNET she moved to ABC’s newly established Arts Cable service, where she developed and acquired work for the cable enterprise. After her successful producing ventures, Liz began to write for the theater. No Boundaries, her first musical, was accepted for the 2005 New York Musical Theater Festival and ran in repertory with other Festival selections at St. Clements Theatre. Liz also directed the new York Musical theatre production on which she collaborated with 6 different singer-songwriters including Speech (former lead singer/songwriter for Arrested Development), the Spooks, Pamela Laws, Laura Love, Sam Bisbee and the renown jazz bassist and composer Marcus Miller.
1997 – Marc Routh
MARC ROUTH‘s current productions are Stomp (Drama Desk Award and Obie Award for Unique Theatre Experience) off-Broadway and on tour, the Broadway-bound An American In Paris, and 54 Below, Broadway’s newest nightclub.
He is a four-time Tony Award winner for The Norman Conquests, Company, Hairspray, and The Producers. His Tony nominations include Leap of Faith, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Swing!, and The Sound of Music. Other Broadway productions include Young Frankenstein, Burn the Floor, A Catered Affair, Little Shop of Horrors, The Weir, Forever Tango, Smokey Joe’s Café, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Triumph of Love, and Penn & Teller.
Other producer credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes off-Broadway, Flashdance on tour, the musical Murder Ballad, The Fantasticks, Be, Cookin’, Mnemonic (Drama Desk and Lortel Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Tap Dogs (Obie Award), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Lortel Award for Best Revival), My Old Lady, The Water Coolers, Inside Out, Three For All, Jeffrey (Outer Critics Circle Award), Marvin’s Room (Drama Desk Award), and Three Ways Home. His tours include David Helfgott In Concert and The Irish…And How They Got That Way.
West End Producer credits include Flashdance, Trevor Nunn’s Porgy and Bess, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers (Olivier Award), Hairspray (Olivier Award), Dolly West’s Kitchen, This is Our Youth, Oleanna, Simply Heavenly, and Immodesty Blaise And Walter’s Burlesque.
As co-founder for Broadway Asia with Simone Genatt, he has presented the North American tours of the Vietnamese Water Puppets and Cookin’, as well as productions of Stomp, Swing!, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hairspray, and The Producers in Asia. As a principal of Broadway Asia Entertainment, he produced the ground-breaking Chinese language production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the tours of Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, The King And I, 42nd Street and Spongebob Squarepants Live. He created the new musical Reel To Real which premiered in Beijing and was presented at the Edinburgh Festival. As the CEO of China Broadway Entertainment, his upcoming productions include immersive productions of Peter Pan, The Little Prince, Golden Lotus, and a new musical feature the songs of superstar Jay Chou.
He was one of the founders of On the Road, a theatrical booking agency, and Showtix, a Broadway group sales company that was acquired by Hollywood Media and Broadway Inner Circle, a premium ticket agency.
He is an Adjunct Professor of the Graduate Department of Theatre Studies at Brooklyn College where he is in his 22nd year teaching “Business Management for the Performing Arts.” He has lectured at Columbia University, Youngstown State University, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award as Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producer, was inducted into the NYU Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame, and served as the president of The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers for 8 years.
1996 – Randall L. Wreghitt
RANDALL L. WREGHITT (1956-2011) produced The Miracle Worker (with Abigail Breslin), Impressionism (with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen), and the Broadway musical Grey Gardens which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show went on to win three Tonys.
He also produced Martin McDonagh’s Lieutentant of Inishmore which was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play and Little Women- The Musical starring Tony Winner Sutton Foster (Best Actress Tony nomination) and Maureen McGovern, as well as its national tour. Other Broadway productions include Golda’s Balcony starring Tovah Feldshuh (Best Actress Tony nomination) and written by William Gibson; Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award winning Metamorphosis; Hedda Gabbler starring Kate Burton (Best Actress Tony nomination); the Tony Award winning revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Gary Sinese (two Tony nominations); McDonagh’s The Lonesome West (four Tony nominations including Best Play); McDonagh’s four-time Tony Award winning play, The Beauty OF Leenane (six Tony nominations including Best Play); the acclaimed revival of Electra starring Zoe Wanamaker (three Tony nominations including Best Revival) and the musical, Band in Berlin. He was the Associate Producer of the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.
Off Broadway productions include: The Waverly Gallery by Kenny Lonergan starring the legendary Eileen Heckert in the role that won her every major theater award (Drama Desk, Obie, Lortel, Outer Circle Award and Drama League). He also produced Douglas Carter Beane’s hit comedy, As Bees in Honey Drown; Karen Trott’s acclaimed one person musical, The Springhill Singing Disaster; the hit revival of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band; Nicky Silver’s long running hit, The Food Chain; Mark St. Germaine’s award-winning comedy, Camping with Henry and Tom; and the Off Broadway cult hit musical Zombie Prom. He was the Associate Producer of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women.
On London’s West End, he has produced Kenneth Lonnergan’s The Lobby Hero and the revival of The Boys in the Band. He also produced Velocity as part of the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Scotland and Crush the Infamous Thing a new comedy, regionally in the United States.
1995 – Kevin McCollum
Kevin is one of the most prolific and successful Broadway producers with a career spanning 25 years in the theatre industry. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004), and Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize. He produced The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006, which won five Tony Awards, Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme in 2002, [title of show] in 2008, the touring and Broadway productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the off Broadway hit De La Guarda, the recent hit revival of West Side Story, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Mr. McCollum founded The Booking Group and The Producing Office, which produce and distribute musicals and plays throughout the world. He also owns Creative Goods, a leading live entertainment merchandising company. In 2012, Mr. McCollum founded Alchemation, a new theatre and media company. Shortly afterward, he announced a new joint venture with 20th Century Fox that will seek to develop titles from their extensive catalog into stage properties. Mr. McCollum was trained at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and earned his Master’s degree in film producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California. In 1995, he received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producing. Mr. McCollum received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati. Most recently, he produced the smash hit Motown: The Musical and is currently represented on Broadway with The Last Ship and will be opening the New American Play Hand to God this spring.
1994 – Dennis Grimaldi
DENNIS GRIMADLI Began his career as a dancer under the guidance of the famed Stone-Camryn School and Gail Larry in his native Chicago, Illinois, He has danced in Gower Champion’s Hello, Dolly! and Sugar, for Jack Cole, Man of La Mancha, Michael Bennett Promises, Promises, and the Pre Broadway tour of Jose Ferrer’s Song For Cyrano. He has been a director and Choreographer for Broadway, Off Broadway The West End and for television. He first worked as an Associate Producer on the Broadway production of A. R. Gurney’s Sweet Sue starring Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave.
As a Producer, Broadway productions include; the 2014 Tony Award musical A Gentleman’s Guide …, Love Letters, directed by Gregory Mosher starring Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacey Keach, Diana Riggs, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen, On the Town, The Realistic Jones, the US National tour of Ghost the Musical, For the Broadway stage, Co-produced the 10 time Tony nominated George and Ira Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It ,which starred Matthew Broderick, Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller and Estelle Parsons, the revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell; the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Angels in America, the Olivier Award winning Rise and Fall of Little Voice; Tony nominated Sally Marr (with Joan Rivers), Frank Gilroy’s Any Given Day (with Sada Thompson) Tony Nominated The High Rollers (Vivien Reed), Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase. He has also been associated with It’s Only a Play Starring Nathan Lane, Mathew Broderick, Megan Mulllally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint and F Murray Abraham, the Tony nominated Musical A Christmas Story and with Above the Title and John Frost, the Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy; starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones. With Emanuel Azenberg on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Neil Simon production of Lost in Yonkers as well as Simon’s Jake’s Women and London Suite , With the Producer’s Circle, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life. Other Productions which he has produced include: the New York and Los Angeles productions of Girl’s Room (Carol Lawrence and Donna McKecknie). Off Broadway, Leslie Jordon My Trip Down The Pink Carpet; the Grace & Glorie (Lucie Arnaz and Estelle Parsons); Outer Critics Circle Award winning Other People’s Money (Mercedes Ruehel), The Obie Award winning The Boys in the Band revival , the musicals Nunsense Jamboree, Fanny Hill and Outer Critics Circle winner Annie Warbucks (Harve Presnell and Donna McKechnie), which had the distinction to also perform at The White House. The London’s Evening Standard Award winning Burning Blue, Like Love; the musical adaptation of A.R. Gurney’s Richard Cory by Ed Dixon and David Mamet’s The Cryptogram among others. His many London productions on the West End include The Boys in the Band, John Lahr’s Diary of a Somebody, Jack Gilford in Look To the Rainbow and Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little He was also a Producer for Candid Productions, a television production company, for 15 years; producing programming for ABC, NBC and HBO. He has been awarded the Robert Whitehead Award for Excellence in Theatre Production, The NY Film and Television Gold Medal Awards, The Outer Critics Awards and The Carbonell Award. Productions have earned The Drama Desk, Tony Awards, as well as The Pulitzer Prize.
1993- Susan Quint Gallin & Benjamin Mordecai
SUSAN QUINT GALLIN is currently producing the revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. Recent productions are Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses and the 50th anniversary Tony Award winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Previous shows: The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare, starring Ben Stiller and Edie Falco; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which moved from the Public Theatre after a successful run there. She was a producer of the London transfer Boeing Boeing which won Mark Rylance his first Tony. She developed and produced the new musical Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring the songs of Blondie (London, November 2007); she was a producer of the Monty Python musical Spamalot (Broadway, London & US Tour); and of the long-running Stomp. She produced Woman Before a Glass, Lanie Robertson’s one-woman play about Peggy Guggenheim, starring Mercedes Ruehl; The Retreat from Moscow (2004 Tony nominee for Best Play); the 2002 Broadway Revival of Man of La Mancha, starring Brian Stokes Mitchell; The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute; Jon Robin Baitz’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gablar: Fully Committed by Becky Mode (2000 Outer Critics’ Circle Award); Cowgirls by Mary Murfitt & Becky Howie; Angles In America by Tony Kushner (five Tony Awards and the Pulitzer for Drama; From the Mississippi Delta by Dr. Endesha Mae Holland; Bock & Harnick’s THE ROTHSCHILDS (revival); Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner (1988 Outer Critics’ Circle Award; NY and National Tour); Burn This by Lanford Wilson; and the London production of David Mamet’s The Crytogram. Susan is the first recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Producing.
BENJAMIN MORDECAI (1944-2005) had been Associate Dean of the Yale School of Drama where, in addition to teaching and chairing the school’s graduate management program, he was responsible for financial aid and recruitment. From 1982 to 1993, he was managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre. As managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Mr. Mordecai transferred nine plays from Yale to Broadway including five plays by August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984-1985, Tony Award nomination for Best Play), Fences (1987-1988, Tony winner for Best Play and 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988, Tony nomination for Best Play), The Piano Lesson (1990-1991, Tony nomination for Best Play and 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner) and Two Trains Running (1992, Tony nomination for Best Play and 1992 Pulitzer Prize nominee). He produced 10 of August Wilson’s plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and in London’s West End.
In the mid-’90s Mordecai formed Sageworks Inc., a business partnership with Wilson that would allow the playwright greater control of his work. Under the partnership, they produced Wilson’s Seven Guitars (1996, Tony nomination for Best Play and 1995 Pulitzer Prize nominee), King Hedley II (2001, Tony nomination for Best Play and 2000 Pulitzer Prize nominee) and a revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2003).
Mr. Mordecai also produced Wilson’s Jitney, at the Union Square Theatre in the fall of 2000 and at London’s Royal National Theatre. It received the Olivier Award for Best New Play.
In addition to his Tony and the Olivier Awards, Mr. Mordecai received two NAACP Theatre Awards for producing The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running and a 1998 Special Achievement Award from the New England Theatre Conference.