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CTI Announces Roster of Top Top industry Speakers for 16-Week CTI Course



14-WEEK PROGRAM (+ 2 Extra Weeks!)
January 9th – April 23rd 2012


(New York, NY) November 21, 2011 - The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI), now in its 31st year, is extending its deadline for applications and nominations for its Annual Intensive 14-Week Program (plus 2 Extra Weeks), which presents hard, factual information on all aspects of commercial theatre producing including Broadway, off-Broadway and the Road, in a very intimate lecture/discussion setting. Due to its extreme popularity, the 2012 program has been extended for two weeks allowing CTI to cover additional important topics. Strictly limited to 25 participants, the program begins on January 9th, 2012, for 16 consecutive Monday night sessions, to be held at The Broadway League.

{module ad_left_body}Over forty of Broadway’s most successful and dynamic producers, general managers, theatre owners and other industry professionals will participate over the 16 weeks focusing on topics including play and musical development, legal aspects of producing, script development and analysis and more. A current list of speakers is attached and can also be found on the website.

Supported by both the Broadway League and Theatre Development Fund (TDF), CTI illuminates creative producing techniques that will lead to financially and artistically successful productions.

Anyone who is interested in a commercial producing career is invited to participate in this advanced level course. Candidates may be nominated by members of the League, members of the off-Broadway League, ATPAM, artistic or management heads of non-profit institutional theatres, an entertainment attorney, or a past CTI 14 Week Program participant. All nomination forms and applicant information forms must be received no later than December 2nd, 2011. They are available at our website (  

Candidates will be evaluated by Victoria Bailey, Executive Director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF); Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League; Ed Sandler, Membership Director of The Broadway League; and Jed Bernstein, Program Director for CTI.  Notifications will be made on or about December 9th, 2011. The fee for the 2012 program is $975.00.


The Commercial Theater Institute, now in its 31st year, is a project of Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and The Broadway League, Inc. Dedicated to training the next generation of commercial theatre producers, CTI provides resources and guidance to individuals interested in the various paths one can take towards creating commercial productions for the stage.

The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry.  The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry.  Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada.,, Follow TheBwayLeague on Twitter, Like the The Broadway League page on Facebook and Download the free ILoveNYTheater app for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch on iTunes.

Theatre Development Fund, which just received a 2011 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, is the largest nonprofit performing arts service organization in the United States. It is dedicated to encouraging diverse audiences for live theatre and dance, and strengthening the performing arts community in New York City. Created in 1968, TDF’s programs have provided over 80 million people with access to performances at affordable prices returning over $2 billion in revenue to thousands of theatre, dance and music productions.  Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, outreach, access and education programs – as well as its Costume Collection, help to make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. In addition, their recent Autism Theatre Initiative offered the first autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, presenting The Lion King to an entire audience of families with children on the autism spectrum.  For more information go to

16-Week Scheduled Speakers as of November 21, 2011
(Listed Alphabetically)

Victoria Bailey (Theatre Development Fund)
Jason Baruch (Sendroff & Baruch, LLP)
Jed Bernstein (Above the Title Entertainment)
Maren Berthelsen (Six Pound Productions, LLC)
David Esbjornson (Director, Driving Miss Daisy)
Lily Fan (Scandobean Production)
Gordon Greenberg (Director, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…)
Barry Grove (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Keith Halpern (The Broadway League)
Larry Hirschhorn (H2H Productions/Melting Pot Theatre Company)
Drew Hodges (Spotco)
Sheryl Kaller (Director, Next Fall)
Carol Kaplan (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP)
Margo Lion (Margo Lion, LTD)
Kevin McCollum (The Producing Office)
Rick Miramontez (O & M Co.)
Larry Morley (United Staging and Rigging)
Johanna Pfaelzer (New York Stage & Film)
Eva Price (Maximum Entertainment Productions)
Hal Prince (Producer/Director)
Jill Rafson (Roundabout Theatre Co.)
Matthew Rego (The Araca Group)
Michael Rego (The Araca Group)
David Richards (Richards/Climan Inc.)
Nick Scandalios (The Nederlander Producing Company of America)
Leigh Silverman (Director, Chinglish)
Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design)
David Stone (Stone Productions, Inc)
Jack Viertel (Jujamcyn Theatres)
Tom Viertel (Scorpio Entertainment)
Beth Williams (Broadway Across America)

* All speakers subject to change