Sue Frost a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions, which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Come From Away at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, on tour in North America, in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, on the West End at the Phoenix Theatre, and in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre, 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis (Broadway, National Tour and West End), First Date, Doctor Zhivago (executive producers).
Prior to founding Junkyard, Sue was Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals for 20 years, where she produced more than 50 new musicals at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre. Before that she was a Broadway company manager. A graduate of Smith College, Sue is a member of adjunct faculty at Columbia University, and currently serves on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors, the Executive, Tony Administration, Audience Engagement, Intra-Industry, EDI and Governance Committees, and is co-chair of the Business Development Committee.
Jeffrey Seller is the winner of four Tony Awards for Best Musical: Hamilton (2016); Rent (1996), both of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Avenue Q (2004); and In the Heights (2008). He also produced De La Guarda (1998), Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (2000), Baz Luhrmann's direction of Puccini's La Bohème (2002), High Fidelity (2006), the 2009 Revival of West Side Story, The Last Ship (2014), The Cher Show (2018), and Derren Brown: Secret (2019). Seller, along with former business partner Kevin McCollum, created the first Broadway lottery for Rent, which, for 25 years, has been a popular way to see Broadway shows, often in the first two rows, at an affordable price. He is the only producer to have produced two Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals -- Rent and Hamilton.
Jeffrey was executive producer of the NBC Drama Rise (2018) and HBO's Coastal Elites (2020). In the summer of 2017, he directed a new musical based on Jules Feiffer's young-adult novel, The Man in the Ceiling, at the Bay Street Theater. He directed Fly at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013 and at La Jolla Playhouse in 2020.
Jeffrey grew up in Oak Park, Michigan and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Thomas Schumacher serves as President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, overseeing the development, creation and execution of Disney's legitimate stage entertainment worldwide. The division's Broadway, West End, touring and international production credits include Beauty and the Beast, King David, The Lion King, Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, Mary Poppins, On the Record, TARZAN®, High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, Aladdin, Shakespeare in Love and Frozen. The company has collaborated with the nation's preeminent theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Freaky Friday and Hercules. As a part of the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Schumacher also heads the Buena Vista Theatrical banner which licenses Fox titles for stage adaptations including Anastasia; Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Mrs. Doubtfire and The Devil Wears Prada. Recently he served as Executive Producer for the 2019 remake of The Lion King, the live-action Beauty and the Beast and the Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday.
As President of Walt Disney Feature Animation, he oversaw some 21 animated features, including The Lion King, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, Hercules and Lilo & Stitch, and worked closely with Pixar on their first five films.
Mr. Schumacher is the author of "How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater," and is a member of numerous boards including The Broadway League, of which he was Chairman from 2017 through 2020. He is a former mentor for the TDF Open Doors program and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
David Stone is a theatre producer, currently represented around the world by productions of Wicked. He has also produced The Boys in the Band, War Paint, If/Then, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Three Days of Rain, Man of La Mancha, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed, Lifegame, The Diary of Anne Frank, Full Gallop, The Santaland Diaries and Family Secrets. David serves on the boards of The Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. He also serves on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre. David has lectured on theatre at Yale, Princeton, Columbia and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Victoria Bailey is executive director of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit organization that sustains live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF envisions a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible, and inspirational. TDF accomplishes its mission through a variety of programs that fall into 3 buckets: expanding access, cultivating communities, and supporting the makers. Its TKTS booths and membership programs with combined sales of close to 2 million tickets annually as well as education, subsidy, access, and dance programs all further its core mission. TDF is active in schools and communities across all five NYC boroughs and its access and costume collection programs are active throughout the country. In addition to ongoing activities at TDF, Ms. Bailey has worked on several national research projects, most recently Triple Play, a collaboration with Brad Erickson at Theatre Bay Area, a research project that examines ways to strengthen the relationship between playwrights, theatres and audiences as a means to increasing audience appetite for new and risky work. Previously, she was instrumental in the execution of a comprehensive study of the lives of American playwrights and the production of new American Plays. The study culminated in Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play written by Todd London with Ben Pesner and Zannie Giraud Voss, published in 2009. Prior to her appointment at TDF, she had a nearly 20-year association with Manhattan Theatre Club. Ms. Bailey is Theatre Management and Producing Advisor and Adjunct Professor at the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and a member of the boards of the Times Square Alliance and the Non Profit Coordinating Committee. She has served several terms on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Ms. Bailey received a B.A. in history from Yale College.
Christopher Burney is the Artistic Director of New York Stage and Film. Previously, he was the Tony Nominated Artistic Producer of New York’s Second Stage Theatre where he worked since 1996. Highlights of the over 100 productions he has shepherded include: the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy; 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, Benj Paskek and Justin Paul; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely, I’m Not by Paul Weitz; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; Jitney by August Wilson; Jar the Floor by Cheryl L. West; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; and Tiny Alice by Edward Albee. As a champion of emerging artists, he has launched the careers of Rajiv Joseph, Leslye Headland, Michael Golamco, Chisa, Hutchison, Kenneth Lin, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Brooke Berman, Adam Bock, among many others. An advocate for the importance of fostering future generations of theater artists and practitioners, he is on faculty at Columbia University where he teaches creative producing. He has lectured at Barnard College, The Einhorn School for the Performing Arts at Primary Stages, The Juilliard School, Bard College, The Boston School of Music, Marymount Manhattan College and the New England Theatre Conference. He currently serves as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, BA, and Columbia University, MFA.
Lisa Dawn Cave is currently the Production Supervisor for Disney’s Frozen both Nationally and Internationally. She recently mounted the Sydney, Australia Production.
Stage Management is Lisa’s second career. She started her studies as a dancer/singer and worked professionally in that role for 10 years. She then transitioned into stage management and has been working consistently for over 25 years.
During Lisa Dawn’s stage manager career, she had the pleasure of working with Hal Prince on the 1994 Revival of Showboat and the production of Parade. Mr. Prince was instrumental in moving Lisa Dawn’s career forward with offering her the Production Stage Manager position for Hollywood Arms.
Her other credits include the Broadway productions: Shuffle Along, Fun Home, Rocky, The Humans, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bring It On, West Side Story 2009, Come Fly Away, The Color Purple, Hot Feet, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Woman In White, Julius Caesar, Caroline or Change, Hollywood Arms, Into the Woods, Wild Party, Parade & Smokey Joe’s Café. She has worked with Creatives: George C. Wolfe, James Lapine, Jerry Zaks, Kenny Leon, Thomas Kail, Sam Gold, Daryl Waters, Jeanine Tesori, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Alex Lacamoire, Tom Kitt, Jason Robert Brown, Lisa Kron, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maurice Hines, Rob Ashford, Andy Blankenbuehler, Alex Timbers, Hope Clark, Savion Glover and Christopher Gattelli to name a few.
Ms. Cave is on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and a founding member of Black Theatre United and Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and an elected Councilor for Actors Equity Association.
Nina Essman is a Partner at 321 Theatrical Management, a New York City based Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatrical General Management firm. She is an active member of the Broadway League, serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Labor Committee, International Committee, the Government Relations Committee, and Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Nina is currently represented on Broadway by Wicked. Past credits include What the Constitution Means to Me, The SpongeBob Musical, War Paint, Oh, Hello on Broadway, Fully Committed, Fun Home, If/Then, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bring It On, Sister Act, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Graduate, Man of La Mancha, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Improbable Theatre’s Lifegame, The Vagina Monologues, and Disney’s The Lion King. She is a founding board member and current Board Chair of the Detroit Public Theatre. Nina attended Smith College and received a B.A. from Colorado College and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
Recently profiled as “Variety’s 2020 Top 10 Broadway to Watch”, Brian Moreland is a Two-time Tony Award Nominated creative lead producer for Broadway.
With a passion for universal stories that bring new narratives into the mainstream form of entertainment. Brian, firmly believes in the ability of theatre to foster empathy, and enlighten while entertaining audiences.
His previous works include: The Lifespan of a Fact with Cherry Jones, Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavalle, The Sea Wall/A Life with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, The Sound Inside with Mary-Louise Parker for Broadway to name a few. Charles Randolph-Wright’s Cuttin Up starring Blair Underwood, Joe Morton and Tisha Campbell, and While We Breathe. Upcoming projects for Broadway include: American Buffalo with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss, BLUE with Tony & Emmy winner Leslie Uggams, Emmy winner Lynn Whitfield, directed by Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, and Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III.
Although originally from California, Brian, currently resides in New York City. He devotes his spare time to the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and is active member of the Board of Governors at The Broadway League, where he is also Co-Chair of the Multicultural Task Force and a Trustee of the board for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids.
Julio Peterson has been with The Shubert Organization since 2000. Mr. Peterson is responsible for overall management of the organization’s corporate real estate including the disposition of transferable development right, office & retail leasing transactions and the company’s outdoor signage business. He also oversaw the development of the Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd Street.
Mr. Peterson is additionally responsible for corporate/public relations and governmental affairs. In this regard, he works with City agencies on zoning issues and quality of life matters impacting the Theatre District. He is Shubert’s liaison with City and State government and works closely with The Broadway League, Times Square Alliance, the Broadway Association, the Association for a Better New York and other civic organizations in New York City.
Prior to joining Shubert, Mr. Peterson was a Senior Consultant in KPMG’s Real Estate Consulting Division. He was also Director of the Neighborhood Builder’s Program at the New York City Partnership where he oversaw the development of over $300 million in multi-family homes in distressed neighborhoods throughout the City. Mr. Peterson was a Senior Project Manager in the Manhattan Commercial Real Estate Division of The New York City Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for managing projects such as the 125th Street Pathmark Supercenter, the Columbia University Biotechnology Research Park, The Malcolm X Memorial at the Audubon Ballroom and the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center in East Harlem.
Mr. Peterson is a native New Yorker raised on the Upper West Side. He attended New York City public schools, Phillips Exeter Academy, Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the John L. Loeb Fellowship. He serves on the Boards and Executive Committees of The Public Theater, Association for A Better New York (ABNY), The New 42nd Street, The Broadway Association, City Parks Foundation, Camp Ramapo for Children, Mr. Peterson is a member of Hunter College Theatre Advisory Board and The Repertorio Español Advisory Board.
Natasha Sinha (she/her) is a producer and dramaturg, focusing on new plays and new musical work. Natasha is Associate Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons. Recently, as Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre, she spearheaded new artistic programs for Signature (including a new holistic residency for early-career playwrights), and she was artistic line producer for select plays and musicals (including Dave Malloy's OCTET, FIRES IN THE MIRROR by Anna Deavere Smith, and Lauren Yee's CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND). She is the recipient of the 2019 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award. Until 2018, Natasha was Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater which exclusively produces premieres (including DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, Rude Mechs' STOP HITTING YOURSELF, Dave Malloy's PRELUDES, WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP by Bryna Turner, GHOST LIGHT by Third Rail Projects, Martyna Majok's queens, and Antoinette Nwandu’s PASS OVER). She kicked off the LCT3 Spotlight Series with SHABASH!, hosted by Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena. Natasha was previously the Associate Producer at Barrington Stage Company. As a freelance dramaturg, she has worked on new plays and new musicals by Dave Harris, Michael R. Jackson, Grace McLean, Shakina Nayfack, Danny Pudi, Heather Raffo, Sam Salmond, and Kit Yan & Melissa Li. Natasha is a co-founder of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio, which works with individual generative artists as well as organizations such as Page 73, Musical Theatre Factory, Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, and Astoria Performing Arts Center. She is on the Advisory Boards of SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and Musical Theatre Factory (where she co-moderates MTF's POC Roundtable, exclusively for musical artists of color, and advises on various programs, including MTF MAKERS). She has served as a judge on many award committees, taught classes, written articles, led panels, and created events to center a range of exciting new voices from historically oppressed communities. In her free time, Natasha is one of three coordinators of Amplifying Activists Together.
Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in Audience Development by the Arts & Business Council, Ms. Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. She has raised over $23 million in earned income promoting the arts to multicultural communities.
Award-winning arts marketing consultant Donna Walker-Kuhne calls the process of engaging audiences “a journey of life.” Throughout her career of 35-plus years, she has relied on deep sincerity and understanding of the diversity of cultures, religions, lifestyles, race and ethnicities as keys to creating new audiences for the 21st century.
She is founder of Walker International Communications Group Inc., a boutique marketing, press and audience development consulting agency. Her team has over 45 years of experiences specializing in multicultural marketing, group sales, multicultural press and promotional events. Walker-Kuhne has gained unique insights into the challenges of initiating conversations and building meaningful partnerships with diverse constituents. Her company has developed a brand reputation among performing art patrons of exposing them to high-quality productions and unique experiences in a way that exceeds audience members and clients expectations alike. This comes at a time when arts organizations are struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing cultural landscape and shifting demographics – evidenced by the growth of Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American populations and the rising consumerism of Generation Y and Z.
She is currently consulting as Senior Advisor, Community Engagement at New Jersey Performing Arts Center charged with developing and deepening relationships with targeted communities through partnerships, special events and group sales. She was formerly Vice President, Marketing and Communications for New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
A veteran of over 22 Broadway productions providing multicultural marketing and group sales most recently for Once on this Island, The Lion King, Aladdin, Smokey’s Joe’s Café, Little Rock, HUGHIE, A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Gerswin’s Porgy and Bess, Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk, STICK FLY, Time Stands Still, Driving Miss Daisy and Ragtime. Her current non-profit clients also include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Staten Island Arts Council and HARLEM WEEK.
T. Edward Hambleton founded the Phoenix Theatre with Norris Houghton in 1953, making it an early force in the Off‐Broadway movement. After 29 consecutive New York seasons and 164 productions as managing director, T. Edward continued the Phoenix commitment by presenting challenging new productions of high artistic quality and assisting emerging playwrights. During its long and distinguished history, the Phoenix presented new works by Robert Audrey, Frank Gilroy, Arthur Kopit, James Saunders, LaTouche and Moross while at the same time offering fresh productions of Shakespeare, Shaw, Pirandello, Brecht, O'Neill, Ionesco, Fry, O'Casey, Sherwood, Gorky, Marlowe, Kaufman and Hart, Sartre, Molière, Miller and Williams, under such directors as Tyrone Guthrie, John Houseman, Ellis Rabb, Gordon Davidson, Hal Prince and Gene Saks with actors including Helen Hayes, Irene Worth, Cynthia Harris, Meryl Streep, Eva Le Gallienne, Jimmy Stewart, Nancy Walker and Carol Burnett. After 1976, the Phoenix concentrated on new plays and the nurturing of new playwrights through its Commission Program. The fruits of these labors include Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others and Isn't It Romantic; David Berry's G. R. Point; Marsha Norman's Getting Out; Ron Hutchinson's Says I, Says He; Peter Handke's A Sorrow Beyond Dreams; and Mustapha Matura's Meetings. Hambleton served as a member of the Board of Directors of Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the League of American Theatres and Producers. He received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2000. In 2001, he was added to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Harold Prince directed the original productions of She Loves Me, It's a Bird...Superman, Cabaret, Zorba, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade, and LoveMusik. He has also directed acclaimed revivals of Candide and Show Boat. Before becoming a director, Mr. Prince produced the original productions of The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, West Side Story, Fiorello!, Tenderloin, Flora the Red Menace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Fiddler on the Roof. Among the plays he has directed are Hollywood Arms, The Visit, The Great God Brown, End of the World, Play Memory, and his own play, Grandchild of Kings. His opera productions have been seen at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Vienna Staatsoper and the Theater Colon in Buenos Aires. His most recent version of Candide was seen at New York City Opera in January of 2017. Prince of Broadway, a musical compendium of Mr. Prince's entire career, opened on Broadway in August of 2017. Mr. Prince is a trustee for the New York Public Library and instrumental in developing the Theatre On Film and Tape collection for the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. He previously served on the National Council on the Arts for the NEA. Mr. Prince is an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, given to him by the French government in 2008. He is the recipient of 21 Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's Monte Cristo Award. Mr. Prince was inducted into the Lincoln Center Hall of Fame as a part of their inaugural class and received a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton for a career in which "he changed the nature of the American musical."
Steven is a Professor in the Columbia University School of the Arts, where he runs the MFA Theatre Management & Producing Program. He is also on the faculty at Columbia Law School and in the Theatre Department at Barnard College. The first graduate of Columbia’s dual degree JD/MFA program and a member of the New York State Bar, Steven is a co-Author of Theatre Law: Cases and Materials, the first ever law school textbook specifically devoted to theatre law, and has contributed to the theatre volume of Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by LexisNexis.
Through his company, Snug Harbor Productions, Steven general manages and/or produces on and off Broadway, around the United States and internationally, and consults for not-for-profit arts institutions. Selected credits include Broadway: The Band’s Visit (Tony Award), Ring of Fire, Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony Award), George Gershwin Alone, A Moon for the Misbegotten (starring Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne), Death of a Salesman (Tony Award, starring Brian Dennehy), Fool Moon (Tony Award) and John Leguizamo’s Freak (Drama Desk Award); Off-Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (Drama Desk Award), Piece of My Heart, Murder for Two, Martin Moran’s All the Rage (Lortel Award), Evil Dead The Musical, Almost, Maine, and The Tricky Part (Obie Award); London: Death of a Salesman, The American Clock, and Murder for Two. Steven also currently serves as Treasurer of the Off-Broadway League.
Orin Wolf is the Tony-Award winning producer of the Broadway musical, The Band's Visit, and the President of NETworks Presentations. His additional Broadway producing credits include the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Nominated), Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (Tony Nominated), Orphans (Tony Nominated), Hands on a Hardbody, Once (Tony Winner), That Championship Season and A View From the Bridge (Tony Nominated). Some of his Off Broadway credits include: The Band's Visit, Nalaga'at - Not By Bread Alone, Groundswell, Judy Gold's 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Robert Wuhl's Assume the Position and History of the Word.
Orin was the co-founder of OBB/Off Broadway Booking, an agency that pioneered a national touring market for off-Broadway shows. He is a proud graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute and was the initial recipient of the T-Fellowship for Creative Producing at Columbia University.
Broadway and West End Producing credits: What the Constitution Means to Me (Tony Nomination), & Juliet (Olivier Nomination), The Boys in the Band (Tony Award), Fully Committed, Gypsy (Olivier Award), The Old Man and the Old Moon and Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party. Aaron is a Producer with David Stone and has worked on such shows as: Three Days of Rain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wicked, Next to Normal, If/Then and War Paint. Aaron is on the Board of The Musical Theatre Factory, a Member of The Broadway League, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and the recipient of Hal Prince's T Fellowship.