TigerTalks in the City — Arts Entrepreneurship: Producing Live Performance
October 25, 2018
WeWork Grand Center, NYC
For Princeton students and alumni only. Free tix required.
The third season of TigerTalks in the City kicks off on Thursday, October 25 at WeWork Grand Central, 450 Lexington Ave (entrance on 45th St.), NYC.
This TigerTalks in the City event, Arts Entrepreneurship: Producing Live Performance, will explore entrepreneurs building businesses, personal brands and thrilling performances in theatre arts, featuring alumni Jordan Roth ’97, President of Jujamycn Theaters; Douglas McGrath ’80, filmmaker and playwright; Jane Cox, Director of the Program in Theater, Princeton University; and Aaron Landsman, Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, who will also moderate the discussion.
Transportation from Princeton for students will be provided.
Presented by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts and special co-host, Princeton Arts Alumni.
As President of Jujamycn Theaters, JORDAN ROTH ’97 oversees five Broadway theaters, whose productions include the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Springsteen on Broadway as well as Mean Girlsand Frozen. Jordan produced the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Angels in America with the National Theatre, starring Andrew Garfield (who won the Tony Award for Best Actor) and two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. He also produced Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline in a Tony Award-winning performance, and the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Best Play Clybourne Park. Jordan also founded Givenik.com, where theatergoers can buy tickets and 5% is donated to the charity of their choice. He is the creator and host of the political satire web series The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth and publisher of “Warmly, Jordan”, a monthly email magazine exploring the theatrical wherever it exists in our culture.
Filmmaker and playwright, DOUGLAS MCGRATH ’80 co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated film Bullets Over Broadway, and wrote and directed the films Emma, Nicholas Nickleby and Infamous. He directed two documentaries for HBO: His Way, and the Emmy-nominated Becoming Mike Nichols. For the theater, he has written Checkers and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the latter of which was nominated for a Tony Award. His new play is an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. He began his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live in what was “incontestably the worst year in the show’s history,” according to McGrath.
Two-time Tony Award-nominee JANE COX is a lighting designer for theater, opera, dance and music, and Director of the Program in Theater at Princeton University. Designs in the 2018-19 theater season will include King Lear with Glenda Jackson on Broadway, directed by Sam Gold; a new musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees (Lynn Nottage and Duncan Sheik); The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by fellow faculty member John Doyle and a revival of True West on Broadway, directed by British director James McDonald. She has also been nominated for the Drama Desk Award three times, and won the Ruth Morley Design Award in 2016 from the League of Professional Theater Women. Jane has also been a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company for 20 years. She has been the Director of the Program in Theater since 2016.
Theater artist, performer and teacher, AARON LANDSMAN’s work includes site-specific productions in the kinds of places where people perform their lives: homes, offices, buses and meeting rooms, as well as more traditionally-staged works. A 2017-18 Guggenheim Fellow in Theater, former Arts Fellow and current Visiting Lecturer at Princeton, Landsman is currently in year two of a 20-year art and activism project about gentrification titled Perfect City. He is also making a new theatrical work about translation and oligarchy called Language Reversal with a group of Serbian collaborators, to be presented at ASU Gammage, where he was the 2013-15 resident artist. His writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Theater, The Village Voice, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other notable journals.