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  • October Panel: Women Producers
    October 24, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Women Producers: What They Uniquely Bring to the Table
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Tuesday, October 24th
The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor
Moderated by TRU Vice President and Co-Founder Cheryl Davis. Presented in association with Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. Speakers to include Pat Addiss, producer (Gigi, TONY Award for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and Spring Awakening, A Christmas Story, The Fantasticks off-Broadway); Sue Frost, founding partner at Junkyard Dog Productions (Come From Away, TONY Award-winning Memphis, First Date); Baayork Lee, co-founder & executive artistic director and Nina Zoie Lam, co-founder & advisory board member of National Asian Arts Project; Kristin Marting, executive director of HERE Arts Center; Lorca Peress, artistic director of MultiStages; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, 4-time Tony winning producer (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, All the Way, Porgy & Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; plus A Steady Rain, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).
Is theater a welcoming¬†environment for¬†women producers‚Äč? Has that changed¬†over the years?¬†Do women producers¬†offer¬†a different esthetic from their male counterparts?¬†‚ÄčStudies indicate that women tend to be more collaborative, intuitive and empathetic in their management style.¬†Though perhaps a generalization,¬†‚Äčdo women producers¬†display a different management style? ‚ÄčThere is controversy about the disproportionate number of works by men produced¬†‚Äčboth historically and in the present. Might¬†more women producers mean more works by women,¬†and more stories that center on women‚Äč?¬†¬†Is commercial theater or not-for-profit more welcoming for women?¬†And given all these questions, what might theater look like with more women producers taking the lead?
Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU, $5 for members of Women in Arts & Media Coalition (use the button that says "Coalition"). Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail  TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

    is a producer, most recently of Eclipsed (6 Tony noms). Other Broadway productions include A Christmas Story the Musical, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Promises, Promises, The 39 Steps, Bridge & Tunnel, Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life and Little Women. Off-Broadway: Buyer and Cellar, Shout the Mod Musical and Housewives of Mannheim. She has produced several readings for the TRU Voices Series including Sparks, Cheese, and the musical At the Back of the North Wind. Ms. Addiss served for many years on the board of Theater Resources Unlimited, and was the 2010 recipient of the TRU Spirit of Theater Award. Ms. Addiss is a member of The Broadway League. On the board of NJ Rep and the League of Professional Theatre Women, at present she is working on Vox Lumiere Phantom of the Opera off-Broadway, Loves of Picasso in London, and the solo show Top Drawer, and the hottest off Broadway show Desperate Measures at the York, and now at New World Stages. Her new venture is speaking to Women's Groups "How to Reinvent Yourself." 



    is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions (with Randy¬†Adams and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff) which is dedicated to developing and¬†producing new musicals. Come from Away is currently opening on Broadway after record-breaking engagements in La Jolla, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Previous Broadway: First Date at The Longacre Theatre, and¬†the 2010 Tony¬ģ, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best¬†Musical Memphis, which completed a successful tour in the United States, as well as an Olivier Award winning run on the West¬†End. Upcoming new musicals include Chasing the Song¬†and Fly High. Since its inception in 2006¬†Junkyard Dog has also produced Vanities, A New Musical, Make Me A Song, The Music of William Finn (Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk¬†noms.) and¬†Party Come Here¬†as well as served as Executive Producer for¬†Doctor Zhivago on Broadway. 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. A graduate of Smith College, Sue is past president of the National Alliance for¬†Musical Theatre, and is currently on the Board of Governors of the Broadway¬†League where she is a member of the Executive, Tony Administration, and Intra-Industry¬†Committees, and co-chair of the Audience Engagement Committee.


    ¬†is a founding member of National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) with Baayork Lee and Steven Eng. ¬†Nina‚Äôs credits include: assistant directing for Theatre of the Stars' national tours of Bombay Dreams and King and I, Paper Mill Playhouse's Miss Saigon and New York City Opera's production of Cinderella. She was associate creative producer for Second Generation's Concert of Excellence at Lincoln Center's NY State Theatre. She directed and choreographed Tim Huang's And the Earth Moved for NY Musical Theatre Festival. More recently, she created the musical staging for NAAP's Oklahoma and taught, directed, choreographed excerpts from Disney's Junior version of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid for P.S. 124/ Yung Wing Elementary School‚Äôs Theatre Club‚Äôs participation in the Junior Theatre Festival. Her performing credits include: You've Got Mail, The Cosby Show, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma, King and I, Mikado Inc., South Pacific, Sayonara¬† and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.¬†Nina received her Bachelors Degree from Brown University and completed¬† Sanford Meisner‚Äôs 2 year Acting Program in NYC . She studied Shakespeare and the Classics with Phoebe Brand from the Group Theatre. She has taken ‚ÄėMask Work‚Äô, vocal production masterclasses, Alexander technique with teaching artists from the Moscow Arts Theatre at Stella Adler Conservatory. Zoie is a certified YogaWorks Yoga Instructor and has been coaching actors for film and theatre auditions for over 10 years.


    has performed in a dozen Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. As Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies in Klagenfurt, Austria, Santiago, Chile, Hollywood Bowl and Pace University. Her directing and choreography credits also include; The King and I and Bombay Dreams (National tours), R&H’s Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar (European tours), Gypsy and A New Brain. She has also choreographed shows including; Miss Saigon (KC Starlight), Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival), Animal Crackers, South Pacific (Helen Hayes nominations,) Coconuts, Camelot and Damn Yankees all at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Through her nonprofit organization, National Asian Artists Project, Baayork’s vision includes educating, cultivating, and stimulating audiences and artists of Asian descent through the many programs the company offers. The organization has produced classical musical theatre shows such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, Hello Dolly!, and OLIVER! with all Asian-American casts. NAAP has made audiences more aware that talent goes beyond ethnicity. Most recently, Baayork Lee was the recipient of the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Award. Ms. Lee was honored for her commitment to future generations of artists through her work with National Asian Artists Project and theatre education programs around the world.


    is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of HERE and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. As Artistic Director of HERE, she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. Under her leadership, HERE has garnered 16 OBIE awards, 2 OBIE grants for artistic achievement, the 2015 Ellen Stewart Award from New York Innovative Theatre Awards, a 2006 Edwin Booth Award (‚Äúfor Outstanding Contribution to NY Theatre‚ÄĚ) from the CUNY Graduate Center, five Drama Desk nominations, two Berrilla Kerr Awards, four NY Innovative Theatre Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE's Artist Residency Program. For 19 years, she curated The American Living Room, an annual summer festival featuring over 30 new works by emerging artists; and for 8 years, Queer@HERE, an annual festival of gay and lesbian work. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Leader to Watch by Art Table and honored with a BAX10 Award for Arts Managers. Kristin is also co-director of PROTOTYPE: opera theatre now, an annual festival of contemporary opera-theatre and music theatre works, which she co-founded with Beth Morrison and Kim Whitener. She has constructed 28 works for the stage (9 original hybrid works, 5 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 adaptations of novels & short stories and 5 classic plays) and is currently developing¬†Assembled Identity¬†at HERE and¬†Silent Voices¬†with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.




    specializes in producing and directing multicultural and multidisciplinary theatre, dance-theatre, musicals, and opera. She is the Founding Artistic Director of MultiStages (est. 1997), and works as a freelance director. Lorca recently received the 2017 Cultural Award from the Institute of Puerto Rico. She has produced over 35 new works, festivals and reading series. Off-Broadway: Puerto Rican/Taino musical Temple of the Souls (w/ Broadway actors Lorraine Velez and Danny Bolero; NYMF 2017 Next Link Project at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row). Other credits: Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (June Havoc Theatre), Desi Moreno-Penson’s Comida de Puta (F-ing Lousy Food) (MultiStages, HOLA Award), Leonard Bernstein’s "MASS" (QC-CUNY Colden Center, 2nd prize National Opera Competition), Nichole Thompson Adams’ Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified (Public Theatre), Maya Contreras’ Let the Devil Take the Hindmost (w/ Thursday Farrar, NY Fringe). She has had the honor to direct Ruby Dee, Tovah Feldshuh, and Kathleen Chalfant. Lorca is a featured panelist and moderator specializing in gender parity and diversity (TRU, The Fire This Time Festival, No-Passports, NYU, CUNY, et al.); and playwriting judge for MultiStages, Repertorio Espanol Nuevas Voces, Ohio Council on the Arts, Strasberg One Acts, LaMia Ink! Faculty: NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio and Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute; hotINK Festival Curator for NYU Strasberg Studio (2002-2010). Memberships: NTC, SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network for the Federal Affairs Administration Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Other grants/awards include six 2015 Innovative Theatre Nominations, five HOLA Awards, 4 MCAF Awards, Dramatists Guild Fund Award, Taino Areito Drama Award, National Opera Competition Prizes, 2 Women in Arts and Media Coalition Collaboration Honorable Mentions, and La MaMa INKY. Lorca is a Bennington College and NTI graduate. Website: www.multistages.org

    Following a career in publishing, Cheryl began her theatre producing career in 1998. Broadway: The Great Society, The Heidi Chronicles, All The Way, Rocky, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Gershwins‚Äô Porgy and Bess, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, ‚Äėnight Mother, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, and Hedda Gabler. Off Broadway:¬†10th Anniversary Exonerated, Play Dead, In The Continuum, Shockheaded Peter, Talking Heads, The Exonerated, The Waverly Gallery.¬†Film:¬†Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.¬†Current: Ain‚Äôt Too Proud- The Temptations musical. Upcoming: The Harder They Come. Cheryl has produced shows that have spawned national and international tours and sit down productions, regional productions, and London engagements which have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. Cheryl has won numerous awards for her productions including the Drama League, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Awards and 4 Tony Awards. She has been honored by Theater Resources Unlimited with ‚ÄúThe Spirit of Theater‚ÄĚ award in 2007, and The Houses on The Moon Amplify 2015 Award for her support in championing the unheard voice. Her board commitments: Theater Resource Unlimited where she co-founded the TRU mentorship program. The program to date has mentored over 200 commercial producers and self producing artists. Cheryl is on the board of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, and is on the Honorary Council of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven Connecticut. Cheryl continues her mentoring work and speaks at universities, on panels and for different organizations. She is in her second year of curating a theatre program with the title - Theatre that changes OUR World-¬†at The Quick Center at Fairfield University.

    received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical¬†Barnstormer, (written with Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. The show received a Jonathan Larson Award through the Lark Play Development Center. Her play¬†Maid‚Äôs Door¬†received great reviews,¬†won seven Audelco Awards, and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her play¬†The Color of¬†Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly.¬†Her musical¬†Bridges, which was commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, received its world premiere in February 2016 to great reviews and three award nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.¬†She received a Writers‚Äô Guild Award for her work on ‚ÄúAs the World Turns‚ÄĚ, and was¬†also¬†nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center.¬†¬†She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.