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  • Non-members, please pay at least $10 to help keep us running.
    May 31, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Duet: A Conversation about Musical Theater Development, for Two Voices
Friday 5/31/24, at 5:00pm ET

Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by making a donation or joining as a member.

In the room: James Morgan, producing artistic director of The York Theater Company on NYC; and Michael Unger, former associate artistic director of the York, current artistic director of the Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee. Similar missions, very different cities. Jim and Michael will talk about how they engage their communities, build and nurture their audience base and maintain programs that have a successful subscription following, as well as educational programs that support the development of new works and new artists. And why musical theater matters.

    is the Producing Artistic Director of the acclaimed York Theatre Company in Manhattan, now celebrating its 55th anniversary. It is the only theater in the city, and one of few in the world, with a commitment to producing both new and classic musicals. He is an award-winning scenic and graphic designer whose work has been seen on Broadway and off, and in regional theaters around the country.


    is a theater and opera director who has been the artistic director of Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre since September, 2019. There, he has directed Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Noises Off, School of Rock, a deaf and hearing production of Spring Awakening and Little Shop of Horrors. Previously, he was the associate artistic director and director of education of Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. For nine years he was the producing artistic director of NewArts in Newtown, CT, a company promoting healing through the arts that he started with a local father in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Michael directed the highly acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre for 16 years before taking that production to Newtown. He directed the world premieres of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Caligula, among others. He directed a new version of My Sister in this House at Deaf West in LA, and both The Happy Time and The Rink at the request of John Kander. Michael has also directed benefit concerts honoring Susan Stroman, André DeShields, Maltby and Shire, Leslie Uggams, as well as for the communities of Sandy Hook, CT and Parkland, FL. He is married to actress Janet Metz and his favorite productions are their twins, Phoebe and Nathaniel.