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Co-founder, Gay Men's Health Crisis (world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization). Founder, ACT UP (the international network of activists responsible for the development/release of most HIV/AIDS treatments). BA Yale (1957). Film: Women in Love, producer and screenplay (Oscar® nomination). Plays: Sissies' Scrapbook, THE NORMAL HEART, Just Say No, The Destiny of Me, A Minor Dark Age. Non-fiction: Reports from the holocaust; The Making of an AIDS Activist; The Tragedy of Today's Gays. Fiction: Faggots; The American People (forthcoming from Farrar Straus). Recipient: Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; first openly gay person to receive a Public Service Award from Common Cause. Kramer and his lover, architect/designer David Webster, live in New York and Connecticut.
In a career that was launched in the early 1950's, Joel Grey has created indelible stage roles each decade since: as the iconic Emcee in Cabaret (1966, Tony Award®), as song and dance man George M. Cohan in George M! (1967, Tony® nomination), as Charles VII in Goodtime Charlie (1975, Tony® nomination), as Jacobowsky in The Grand Tour (1979, Tony® nomination), as Olim in New York City Opera’s Silverlake (1981), as Amos Hart in the landmark revival of Chicago (1996), and as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked (2004).
Grey’s non-musical stage roles include John Guare’s Marco Polo Sings a Solo (1975) at the Public Theater; the title role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Chekhov’s Platonov (1978); Larry Kramer’s seminal THE NORMAL HEART (1986) at the Public Theater; the American Repertory Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken (1991) at the Sao Paulo Biennale, directed by Robert Wilson; Herringbone at the Hartford Stage (1992); John Patrick Shanley’s A Fool and Her Fortune (NY Stage and Film, 1992) and in the Roundabout Theatre production of Brian Friel’s Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1999), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination.
His film credits include Cabaret (Academy Award®), Frank Perry’s Man on A Swing (1974), Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976); Herbert Ross’s The Seven Percent Solution (1976); Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985, Golden Globe Nomination); Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka (1991); Altman’s The Player (1992); Phillip Haas’s The Music of Chance (1993); Michael Ritchie’s adaptation of The Fantasticks (2000); Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark (2000) with Bjork and Catherine Deneuve; and Clark Gregg’s Choke, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Grey’s recent television credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brooklyn Bridge, (Emmy Award®-nomination), Oz, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, House, Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. The Paley Center for Media recently presented An Evening with Joel Grey, celebrating his remarkable, multi-decade career in television, at their New York and Los Angeles locations.
An internationally exhibited and acclaimed photographer, he has had three photography books published: Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006) and 1.3: Images from My Phone (2009).
Grey is one of the only eight actors to have won both the Tony® and the Academy® award for the same role. In 1984, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and has received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center. In 1993, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis presented him with the Municipal Arts Society medal naming him a Living New York Landmark. In October 2009, Grey performed at Carnegie Hall, alongside Lady Gaga, Bono, Rufus Wainwright and more to benefit (RED) and help stop AIDS in Africa. In addition, The Museum of the City of New York will honor his life and career with its upcoming exhibition, Joel Grey / A New York Life. He is currently represented on Broadway in two productions: Starring opposite Sutton Foster in Anything Goes and directing THE NORMAL HEART.
Theatre directing credits include Jelly’s Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award), Angels In America—Millennium Approaches (Tony® and Drama Desk Award) and Perestroika, (Drama Desk Award), Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk (Tony® and Drama League Awards), Topdog/ Underdog (Obie Award), Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Drama Desk Award), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Tony® Award, Unique Theatrical Event), The Tempest, The Wild Party, Caroline Or Change and A Free Man Of Color.
He is the writer of the award-winning The Colored Museum, directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the world famous Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed a celebration of the American Musical at the White House.
Mr. Wolfe directed the film Lackawanna Blues, for which he earned The Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit Nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He also directed the film Nights In Rodanthe.
From 1993-2005 he was the Producer of The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. He serves on The President's Committee For The Arts and The Humanities and was named a living landmark by the New York Landmark’s Conservancy.
Additional awards include Actors Equity Paul Roberson Award, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Calloway Award, The Dramatist Guild’s Hull-Warner Award, The New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award, The NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, The Lambda Liberty Award, The Spirit of the City Award, The Brendan Gil Prize, The Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, A Princess Grace Award for fostering the careers of young artists, A Cultural Laureate Award and A Library Lion
David Rockwell designed the sets for the new Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Legally Blonde: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), A Free Man of Color; The Rocky Horror Show(Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up (Drama Desk nomination) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is the founder of Rockwell Group, a New York-based architecture and design firm. Projects include the Kodak Theatre, sets for the Emmy-winning 2010 Academy Awards, Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel, Imagination Playground; and the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. Rockwell was honored with the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award for Interior Design in 2008.
Broadway: Doubt, Arcadia, Born Yesterday, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Reckless, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, After Miss Julie, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Crucible. Off-Broadway: Wit, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, Jack Goes Boating. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Working Girls, Penn & Teller. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Eno, Steve Reich. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. www.vantieghem.com
NY theatre includes: Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie (Lortel nomination), The Pajama Game (Tony® nomination), Lend Me A Tenor (Hewes award, Tony® and Outer Critics nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Blithe Spirit (Tony® nomination), Kiss Me, Kate, The Wild Party (Lippa), Golden Child, The Life. Opera: Iphigenie en Tauride (Metropolitan Opera), The Bartered Bride (Juilliard), Tristan and Isolde and Adriana Mater (Paris Opera/Bastille), L’amour de Loin (Salzburg, Paris/Chatelet, Santa Fe, Helsinki, and works throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan). Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group, SF Ballet, Boston Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet. Awards include two Tony Awards®, Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, among others.
Broadway: reasons to be pretty, Butley, Dinner at Eight (LCT), Betrayal (Roundabout), The Real Thing. Recent Off-Broadway and New York: The Merchant of Venice (TFANA), A Small Fire (Playwright's Horizons), The Break of Noon (MCC), Trust (Second Stage), Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play (Epic), Equivocation (MTC), Pictures Reframed (Lincoln Center), Ethan Coen’s Offices (Atlantic), and This Beautiful City (Vineyard). Regional: Center Theatre Group, Guthrie, La Jolla, KC Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington, and Williamstown among others. Awards: 2005 Lucille Lortel Award (Rodney's Wife) and nominations (The Seven, 36 Views); Henry Hewes Award nominations (reasons to be pretty, Beautiful City, Pumpgirl, The Overwhelming and The Seven). www.DavidWeinerDesign.com.
Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri. Broadway: Sinatra!; Golda's Balcony; Bells Are Ringing; The Rocky Horror Show; The Best Man; Parade; Minnelli on Minnelli; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk; Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Drama Desk nom),; The Who's Tommy; The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: The Seven, Radiant Baby (Drama Desk nom), Harlem Song, Slanguages, House Arrest, Mother Courage (Delacorte Theater). Their multi-media design work has been featured in exhibitions and museums. Thanks to Andrew Papa and Bob Peterson for graphic artwork and Carol Gargagliano for research.
Daryl Roth is proud to hold the singular distinction of producing six Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County; How I Learned to Drive; Proof; Wit; and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. Also: Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; The Play About the Baby; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Baby Dance; Bea Arthur on Broadway; Cactus Flower; Camping with Henry and Tom; Caroline, or Change; A Catered Affair; Closer Than Ever; Come Fly Away; Curtains; De La Guarda; Dear Edwina; Defying Gravity; Die, Mommie, Die!; The Divine Sister; Driving Miss Daisy; Fela!; Irena’s Vow; A Little Night Music; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Manuscript; Medea; Old Wicked Songs; Our Lady of 121st Street; Salome; Snakebit; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; The Temperamentals; Thom Pain; Through the Night; Thurgood; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Vigil; What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling; The Year of Magical Thinking. Love to Steven, my wonderful family, Leo & Lucy. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
Paul Boskind is the Founder and CEO of Deer Oaks, a nationwide Behavioral Health Organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As owner/producer of the Church Theatre in San Antonio, Paul discovered the power of using the theatrical arts to inspire, educate and touch lives on issues of equal rights for the GLBT community, prompting him to expand his interest to New York. As a result, he has produced several gay oriented, equality based shows, including BASH’d!, an award winning musical about marriage equality and gay bashing, and The Temperamentals, a play focusing on the early gay rights movement in Hollywood in the late 1950’s. His current Broadway theatre productions include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical. Paul is a psychologist, gay activist and philanthropist who serves on pro-equality national and state Boards.
Martian Entertainment s a theatrical Production & General Management company owned by Carl D. White and Paul Boskind. Producing creds include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical (Palace Theatre); The Temperamentals; BASH'd!; Naked Boys Singing!; Love Janis; The Last Session. GM creds include: Altar Boyz; The Musical Of Musicals; [title of show]; Glory Days; Mother Load; Rooms; and many others. Our mission is to use the theatrical arts to inspire, inform and enrich lives, and to promote equal rights awareness. www.MartianEntertainment.com
Broadway productions include Elling, 33 Variations and the Tony®-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, also Carousel (West End). She co-chairs the Emmy-nominated In the Life, which produces change by exposing social injustice and chronicling real LGBT people and issues in the media.
Alexander Fraser joins Daryl Roth Productions after working as a producer, general manager and nonprofit executive on over 75 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End, and touring shows. Broadway: Irena’s Vow, Bombay Dreams, Topdog/Underdog, Crazy for You. Off-Broadway: The Divine Sister; Love, Loss and What I Wore; What’s That Smell; Jitney; Saturday Night; Jar the Floor; This is Our Youth. West End: Ragtime, Boston Marriage, Lobby Hero. Australia: The Phantom of the Opera and Dirty Dancing. Executive Director, Second Stage Theatre (1996–2001).
Broadway debut. After a career in software, Greg became involved in gay activism and show business. He headed the internet strategy for “No on Prop 8” and is Treasurer of Fight Back New York. He serves on the board of The Tank, a performing arts space for emerging artists in Manhattan.