BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Frank Bisignano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Data

Dominic Casserley (Treasurer), Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus

Ric Clark,  Senior Managing Partner and Chairman, Brookfield Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners

Steven M. Cohen,  Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes

Stephen Daldry, Director: “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” “The Reader,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Audience,” “Skylight”

Peter H. Darrow (Vice Chairman), Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb

David Earls, Managing Director, Tribeca Film Institute

Ari Emanuel, Chief Executive Officer, UFC; Co-Chief Executive Officer, William Morris Endeavor

Harold Ford, Jr.,  Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Patricia E. Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Ed Henry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Paula Lawrence, Vice President, The Starr Foundation

Julie Menin, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

Zenia Mucha, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, The Walt Disney Company

Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MacAndrews & Forbes

Scott Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RXR Realty, LLC

Barry F. Schwartz, Trustee, City University of New York; Board Member, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Larry A. Silverstein (Chairman Emeritus), Chairman, Silverstein Properties

Barbra Streisand (Chair), Performer

Susan Stroman, Director and Choreographer: “The Producers,” “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Crazy For You,” “Oklahoma!”

Christine Taylor (Secretary), Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Chris Taylor Consulting

ARTISTIC ADVISORS

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Wendall Harrington, Theatre Projection Designer

Wendall K. Harrington has created media and projection design for performance since the late 1970’s, and served as an artistic associate at the Public Theatre.  Her work on Broadway includes: “The Who’s Tommy,” “Grey Gardens,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Ragtime,” “The Capeman,” “Company,” and “They’re Playing Our Song.” Her designs have appeared in “Werther” and “A View from the Bridge” at the the Metropolitan Opera,  “Candide” at Carnegie Hall, as well as a number of ballets for the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet. The former design director of Esquire Magazine, she is the head of the Projection Design concentration at the Yale School of Drama.

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Ivo van Hove, Director

Ivo van Hove is a Belgian-born theatre director, known in the US for his Tony Award-winning productions of “A View from the Bridge” and “The Crucible.” He has also won two Obie awards for Off-Broadway productions of “More Stately Mansions” and “Hedda Gabler” at New York Theatre Workshop.

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David Henry Hwang, Playwright/Librettist

David Henry Hwang’s stage works include the plays “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Yellow Face,” “Kung Fu,” “Golden Child,” “The Dance and the Railroad,” and “FOB,“ as well as the Broadway musicals “Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida” (co-author), “Flower Drum Song” (2002 revival) and “Disney’s Tarzan.” Hwang is a Tony Award-winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award-winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

He is also America’s most produced living opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, and a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Hwang serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

“Soft Power,” a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered to acclaim in spring 2018 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre and San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, and will open in New York City in 2019.

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Lisa Kron, Playwright/Lyricist/Performer

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer who wrote the book and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home.” Other plays include: “In The Wake,” “Well,” and “2.5 Minute Ride” (Obie). Acting credits include: “Well” (Tony nominations), and the Foundry Theater’s “Good Person of Szechuan” (Lortel Award). She’s a founding member of the OBIE- and Bessie Award-winning theater company, the Five Lesbian Brothers, and is Vice President of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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David Lan, Playwright/Filmmaker/Director

David Lan is a South African-born British playwright, theater director and social anthropologist. He was writer in residence at the Royal Court Theatre 1994 to 1996 and Artistic Director of the Young Vic 2000 to 2018. In 2018 he received the Special Laurence Olivier Award, the 2018 London Critics Circle Special Award and the RAI Marsh Anthropology in the World Award. He was Consulting Artistic Director at the Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts 2014 to 2016.

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Joe Melillo, Executive Producer

Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) since 1999 is responsible for BAM's artistic direction, overseeing programming in all its performance spaces: the Howard Gilman Opera House, Harvey Theater, BAM Fisher and Rose Cinemas. He previously served as BAM's Producing Director and Founding Director of the Next Wave Festival, which debuted in 1983. Melillo fostered the work of emerging and established artists, and forged numerous international partnerships. Awards include: the Chevalier and Officier de L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), OBE (Great Britain), Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden), and Knight of the National Order of Québec (Canada).

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Nico Muhly, Composer

Nico Muhly is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the opera “Marnie” (2017); film scores, including the Academy Award-winning “The Reader;” and for Broadway revival of “The Glass Menagerie.” Born in Vermont, Muhly studied composition at the Juilliard School before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He lives in New York City.

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Lynn Nottage, Playwright

Plays include: “Mlima’s Tale,” “Sweat” (Pulitzer Prize, Obie); “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” (Lilly Award); “Ruined” (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); “Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC awards).

Awards, grants, fellowships, and teaching positions include: PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton, and Associate Professor at Columbia University.

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Arturo O’Farrill, Jazz Musician/Composer

Arturo O’Farrill is a pianist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and the creator/current leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) at the Lincoln Center.

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Jason Samuels Smith, Dancer/Choreographer

Jason Samuels Smith is an established ambassador of the art form of tap dance around the world. He is the recipient of an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, American Choreography Award, Joyce Foundation Grant, and Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. Choreography and film credits include: “Black Nativity”; the hit TV series “Psych;” CBS’s “Secret Talents of the Stars” (MYA); “So You Think You Can Dance;” “Dancing with the Stars;” “UPAJ: Improvise;” Dean Hargrove’s “Tap Heat,” Outkast’s “Idlewild;” Debbie Allen’s “Cool Women.”

Stage credits include: “Soul Possessed” (leading role); Broadway’s “Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk” (principal/lead roles); and “Imagine Tap!” (leading role). He also designed and developed a professional tap shoe sold exclusively by BLOCH.

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Julie Taymor, Director/Designer

Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of “The Lion King.” “The Lion King” has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time. Her credits also include: the play “Grounded,” Broadway’s “M. Butterfly,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” “The Green Bird,” and “Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass.”  Operas include: “Oedipus Rex,” “The Flying Dutchman,” the Metropolitan Opera’s “Die Zauberflote,” and “Grendel.” Film credits include “Fool's Fire,” “Titus,” “Frida,” “Across the Universe,” “The Tempest,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” filmed during her acclaimed stage production at Theater for a New Audience.  Taymor is a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and an inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame. Upcoming is the feature film of Gloria Steinem’s “My Life on the Road,” starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, and Bette Midler.

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Julian Wachner, Composer/Conductor

Julian Wachner is Director of Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street. He is also known as a Grammy-nominated conductor, composer, and keyboard artist.

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer

After earning her B.A. in dance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, she received her M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University. In 1984, she founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) as a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. She developed a unique approach to enable artists to strengthen effective involvement in cultural organizing and civic engagement, which evolved into UBW’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. She serves as director of the Institute, founding Artistic Director and Visioning Partner of UBW, and currently holds the position of the Nancy Smith Fichter Professor of Dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University.

STAFF

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director

Maggie Boepple, President

David Langford, Chief Operating Officer

Kathryn Mallon, Director of Construction

Adrian Grad, Director of Operations

Suany Chough, Director of Project Development

Matt Wilson, Project Manager

Aaron Garfinkel, Project Associate, Development & Communications

Emily Calderin, Executive Assistant

 

Jenny Gersten, Consulting Producer

Catherine Blaney, Development Consultant

Julie Pyun, Development Consultant

Gary Zarr & Associates, Communications & Marketing Consultant