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Bway's SEMINAR -- New "Class" Complete for Performances Beginning Apr 3 with Lister-Jones/O'Connell/Park joining Goldlbum/Lon

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 3!

ZOE LISTER-JONES

TO JOIN

JEFF GOLDBLUM & JUSTIN LONG
&
JERRY O’CONNELL & HETTIENNE PARK

TO EXTEND THEIR ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCES
IN THE BROADWAY HIT

SEMINAR

BY THERESA REBECK

DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD

Get Seminar Tickets

(New York) – Zoe Lister-Jones (The Little Dog Laughed, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, her own Codependence Is a Four-Letter Word, Salt, Breaking Upwards, NBC’s “Whitney,” Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Lola Versus) will join Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum (The Pillowman, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) and Film and Television star Justin Long (He’s Just Not That Into You, The Break Up, Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball, “Ed”) beginning Tuesday, April 3 in the cast of the Broadway season’s hit comedy SEMINAR by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, Omnium Gatherum, “NYBD Blue,” NBC’s new hit series “Smash”). 

{module ad_left_body}In addition, current acclaimed stars Jerry O’Connell (Jerry Maguire, Stand By Me, “The Defenders,” “Crossing Jordan”) and Hettienne Park (Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… at The Public, “The Good Wife”) will extend their runs.  Directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Kin, Look Back in Anger, The Big Meal), SEMINAR plays at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). 

Ms. Lister-Jones will assume the role of ‘Kate’ from Lily Rabe.  Mr. O’Connell (“Hilarious” – USA Today) and Ms. Park (“Wonderful” – Variety) will continue their praised performances as ‘Douglas’ and ‘Izzy.’  As previously-announced, Mr. Goldblum will assume the role of ‘Leonard’ from star Alan Rickman and Mr. Long will assume the role of ‘Martin’ from Hamish Linklater.  Mr. Rickman, Mr. Linklater and Ms. Rabe will give their final performances on Sunday, April 1.  The new cast will perform together beginning Tuesday, April 3 for 8 weeks only.  SEMINAR marks Mr. Goldblum’s return to Broadway and Mr. Long’s Broadway debut.

Zoe Lister-Jones previously appeared on Broadway in The Little Dog Laughed in a role she created at Second Stage.  Other New York stage credits include The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout), The Accomplices (New Group) and her one-woman show Codependence is a Four-Letter Word, which she produced, wrote and starred in (PS 122).   She is the executive producer, co-writer and star of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming film Lola Versus, and she co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy Breaking Upwards. Currently she can be seen as ‘Lily’ on NBC’s new hit comedy “Whitney.”  Other recent screen credits include The Other Guys, Salt, State of Play, Shadows and Lies, The Wedding Bros, Adult Swim’s “Delocated” and CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum is a celebrated actor in Theater, Film and Television, who last appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman in 2005.  More recently, he’s been acclaimed for starring in two productions for The Old Vic in London, Speed-the-Plow (2008) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (2010).  His diverse film credits include some of the highest-grossing films of all-time, include Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as such classics as Nashville, Death Wish, The Big Chill, Annie Hall, The Life Aquatic, Igby Goes Down and The Fly.  On television, he most recently starred as Detective Zach Nichols on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”  He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on “Will & Grace” and recently guest starred on the hit series “Glee.”

Justin Long is a versatile talent in both Film and Television with roots on the comedy stage.  His many film credits include Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, Live Free or Die Hard, He’s Just Not That Into YouZack and Miri Make a Porno,Accepted, The Break Up, After Life, Youth in Revolt, Going the Distance, Funny People and his break-out roles in Galaxy Quest and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. TV audiences know him as ‘Warren Cheswick’ on the NBC series “Ed” and ‘Paul’ on the FOX series “New Girl.”  He got his start in comedy as a member of Vassar College’s comedy troupe, Laughingstock, and his theatrical stage credits include three summers at Williamstown Theatre Festival.  SEMINAR marks Mr. Long’s Broadway debut.

Jerry O’Connell is perhaps best known to film audiences for his acclaimed performances as Quarterback Frank Cushman in the hit Jerry Maguire and his debut as Vern Tessio in the classic Stand By Me.  On television, recent series starring roles include Pete Kaczmarek on the CBS comedic drama “The Defenders” and Detective Woody Hoyt on the NBC hit drama “Crossing Jordan.” His many other film and television credits include Scream 2; Obsessed; Can't Hardly Wait; Mission to Mars; Yours, Mine and Ours; Man About Town; “Sliders” and “The ‘60s.”  SEMINAR marks Mr. O’Connell’s Broadway debut.

Hettienne Park appeared Off-Broadway last season in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at The Public.  Her film and television work includes Bride Wars, Year of the Fish, Never Forever, Young Adult with Charlize Theron, “Mercy,” “The Good Wife” and “Damages.” SEMINAR marks Ms. Park’s Broadway debut.

SEMINAR opened to rave reviews on Sunday, November 20, 2011 and has been showered with year-end accolades and “Best of 2011” lists.  The play has been cheered as “The funniest show on Broadway” (WOR Radio), “A wonderful new comedy” (Associated Press) and a “Must-see” (Time Out).  Mr. Rickman has been hailed by critics with some of the best reviews of his illustrious career, heralded as  “Magnificent” by The New York Times and giving “The comic performance of the season” (Time Out). 

The entire original cast of SEMINAR – also including Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O’Connell and Hettienne Park – has been celebrated as “Extraordinary” (USA Today), “Brilliant” (Wall Street Journal), “Astonishingly talented” (New York) and a “Champion ensemble” (New York Post)

Alan Rickman is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. 

In SEMINAR, four aspiring young novelists (Ms. Rabe, Mr. Linklater, Mr. O’Connell and Ms. Park through April 1; Mr. Long, Ms. Lister-Jones, Mr. O’Connell and Ms. Park as of April 3) sign up for private writing classes with Leonard (Mr. Rickman through April 1; Mr. Goldblum as of April 3), an international literary figure.  Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.  The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy. 

SEMINAR is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

The production features set and costume design by Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award winner John Gromada.

Since opening, the critics have been raving:

“FIVE STARS!  Sexy, savvy and uproarious!  Alan Rickman gives the comic performance of the season!”

– David Cote, Time Out

“Big laughs! An authentic rush of pleasure. Rickman is magnificent.”

– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“The funniest show on Broadway!”

– Joan Hamburg, WOR Radio

“Onstage, Rickman is Number One.  There is nothing quite like being in his presence.”

– John Lahr, The New Yorker

“One of Rebeck’s best works.  A wonderful new comedy.”

– Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Clever and entertaining!  Under Sam Gold’s briskly intelligent direction, this is a fine showcase for extraordinary actors.”

– Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“An ideal cast! SEMINAR is tight, witty and consistently entertaining."

– David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“A surprising and witty 90-minute comedy!  Alan Rickman and this brilliant cast will send you home truly entertained!”

– Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

“Enormously entertaining!  Rickman is heaven-sent.”

– Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A champion ensemble! Theresa Rebeck hits plenty of bull’s-eyes, so sit back and enjoy the ride!”

– Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post

“An astonishingly talented cast.”

– Scott Brown, New York Magazine

Tickets for SEMINAR are $51.50-126.50, with Premium seating also available.  Tickets can be purchase by visiting www.telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 or going in person to The Golden Theatre box office (252 West 45th Street).

The performance schedule for SEMINAR is Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7PM, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2PM and Sunday matinees at 3PM. 

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BIOGRAPHIES

ALAN RICKMAN (Leonard through April 1). Theater credits include John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre, Dublin and BAM, New York), Private Lives (West End and Broadway; Variety Club Award, Olivier and Tony nominations, Best Actor); Anthony and Cleopatra (National Theatre); Hamlet (Riverside Studios); Tango at the End of Winter (Edinburgh Festival and Playhouse Theatre; Time Out Award, Best Actor); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Royal Shakespeare Company, West End and Broadway; Tony nomination, Best Actor); Mephisto, As You Like It, Troilus and Cressida, Love’s Labours Lost, The Tempest, Captain Swing (RSC); The Lucky Chance, The Grass Widow, The Seagull (Royal Court); The Last Elephant, Commitments (Bush Theatre); The Devil Himself (Lyric Studio); Bad Language (Hampstead); The Brothers Karamazov (Edinburgh Festival); and seasons at Glasgow Citizens, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Haymarket Leicester and Library Manchester. He directed Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and BAM), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Royal Court, West End, Edinburgh Festival and New York; Theatregoers’ Award, Best Director), Wax Acts (West End) and The Winter Guest (Almeida). Television includes “The Song of Lunch,” “Something the Lord Made” (Emmy nomination, Best Actor), “Rasputin” (Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Awards, Best Actor), “Fallen Angels,” “Revolutionary Witness,” “Spirit of Man,” “Benefactors,” “Busted,” “The Barchester Chronicles” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Films include Alice in Wonderland; the Harry Potter series; Bottle Shock (Best Actor, Seattle Film Festival); Sweeny Todd; Noble Son; Perfume; Snow Cake; Love Actually; Play; Blow Dry: Galaxy Quest; Dogma; Dark Harbor; Judas Kiss; Michael Collins (BAFTA nomination); Sense and Sensibility (BAFTA nomination); An Awfully Big Adventure; Bob Roberts; Mesmer; (Best Actor, Montreal Film Festival); Truly, Madly, Deeply (BAFTA nomination); Close My Eyes (Evening Standard Best Actor Award); Prince of Thieves (BAFTA Award); Quigley Down Under; Closetland; The January Man; and Die Hard. Rickman directed the film The Winter Guest (CinemaAvvenire Award, OCIC Award Venice Film Festival, and Best Film Chicago Film Festival).

JEFF GOLDBLUM (Leonard beginning April 3). A career spanning film, television, and theater, Jeff Goldblum is one of the most talented and respected actors of his generation.  Goldblum’s film career began at the age of seventeen, when he moved to New York City to study acting under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.  In less than a year, Joseph Papp cast him in the Broadway hit, Two Gentlemen of Verona. Soon after, he had his first film audition and was cast as the terrifying rapist in Death Wish.  In contrast to that role, the very next week Robert Altman cast Goldblum as the twenty-year-old boy wonder in California Split, and asked him to play the mysterious biker/magician in Nashville.  Goldblum’s long list of film credits include roles in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, including Steven Spielberg’s worldwide box office success, Jurassic Park, and Roland Emmerich’s science fiction thriller, Independence Day.  Other film credits include The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Holy Man, Man of the Year, Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, Paul Schrader’s Adam Resurrected, The Prince of Egypt, Chris Colombus’ Nine Months, Igby Goes Down, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, Silverado, The Fly, Deep Cover, Paul Mazursky’s Next Stop Greenwich Village, Remember My Name, The Right Stuff, Threshold, Between The Lines, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Adventures of Buckaroo BonzaiInto the Night, The Switch, Morning Glory and The Tall Guy. On television, Goldblum recently starred in a season of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” as Detective Zach Nichols and before that as an eccentric cop who is able to talk to dead victims on “Raines.”   He also garnered an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on NBC’s “Will & Grace” and recently guest starred on the hit FOX series “Glee.”  In 2005, Goldblum received critical praise for his return to Broadway, starring in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. He received an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance and was nominated for a Drama Desk and Drama League Award.  His most recent stage appearances include starring in two productions for London’s Old Vic: Speed-the-Plow in 2008 and The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 2010, both opposite Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey.

LILY RABE (Kate through April 1) was most recently seen opposite Al Pacino in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice, reprising her critically-acclaimed Central Park performance of Portia which began in the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of the play. Rabe’s performance earned her The Joe A. Callaway Award, as well as nominations for 2011 Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League awards.  She also starred as Nora this summer in A Doll’s House at Williamstown under the direction of Sam Gold. Rabe made her Broadway debut in Steel Magnolias, a role for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.  She has performed in several other Broadway shows, including The American Plan (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Heartbreak House (Roundabout Theater Company, Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination). Additionally, she has performed in various Off-Broadway and Regional pieces, including Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout Theater Company); Colder Than Here (MCC); Crimes of the Heart (Williamstown); and  Proof, Crazy Girl and Speaking Well of the Dead (all for Gloucester Stage Company).  On screen, Rabe was most recently seen opposite Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in Andrew Jarecki’s crime drama All Good Things.  She also starred in Letters from a Big Man, written and directed by Christopher Munch, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Other film credits include Weakness, What Just Happened, AftermathThe Toe Tactic, No Reservations, A Crime, Mona Lisa Smile and Never Again.  Her television credits include “The Good Wife,” “Last of the Ninth,” “Saving Grace,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Medium,” all three “Law & Orders” and, most recently, the pilot “Exit Strategy” opposite Ethan Hawke. Rabe, who was born in New York City and raised on the East Coast, graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.

JUSTIN LONG (Martin beginning April 3), a versatile talent in both Film and Television, recently produced, co-wrote and co-starred in the upcoming romantic comedy film A Case of You opposite Evan Rachel Wood.  Justin is also a recurring guest star on the FOX series “New Girl.”  His starring feature roles include Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell; Live Free or Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis; Going the Distance opposite Drew Barrymore and He’s Just Not That Into You with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson.  Justin’s other feature credits include Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Youth In Revolt with Michael Cera, Dodgeball with Ben Stiller, The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn and Mike Judge’s Idiocracy.  Justin got his start in comedy as a member of Vassar College’s comedy troupe, Laughingstock, which led to his first movie roles in Galaxy Quest and Jeepers Creepers. On stage, Justin appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the world premiere of Samuel J. and K. written by Mat Smart and directed by Justin Waldman, One Small Hitch written by Lewis Black and directed by Joe Grifasi, and Lanford Wilson’s The Hot L Baltimore directed by Joe Mantello.  He has also worked with MCC, NY Stage and Film, Hartford Theater, Westport Theater Artist Workshop, and the Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Series on staged readings, including Neil LaBute’s Filthy Talk for Troubled Times (MCC), as well as taken part in The 24 Hour PlaysSeminar marks Mr. Long’s Broadway debut.

HAMISH LINKLATER (Martin through April 1) earned an Obie Award last season for his performance in CSC’s production of David Ives’ The School for Lies.  He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park, where he also appeared opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice. His many other Theater credits include starring opposite Jill Clayburgh in The Busy World Is Hushed and opposite Heather Graham in Recent Tragic Events, both at Playwrights Horizons; Good Thing at The New Group (also in Los Angeles); and Laertes opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, The Square and Love’s Fire, all at The Public. Notable Regional credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet twice by the age of 21, at Portland Stage and for The Acting Company; the title role in Hamlet twice by the age of 31, at Long Wharf (Connecticut Critics Circle Award) and at South Coast Rep; the world premiere of The Violet Hour at South Coast Rep; The Singing Forest at Long Wharf; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure for director Sir Peter Hall at The Ahmanson (Paul Green Foundation Award). Hamish can currently be seen starring in the feature film The Future, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. His other Film credits include Fantastic Four, Final Draft, Groove (official selection, 2000 Sundance Film Festival), and the upcoming Lola Versus from duo Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein and Battleship along with Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Skarsgaard, directed by Peter Berg. Hamish appeared as Matthew in the CBS hit comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” opposite Julia Louis Dreyfus for the series’ five season run.  His other Television credits include “Ugly Betty,” “Pushing Daisies,” “American Dreams,” “Gideon’s Crossing” and the television movies “5ive Days to Midnight “and “Live from Baghdad.” 

ZOE LISTER-JONES (Kate beginning April 3) is a Brooklyn-born actor, writer and producer. She is the executive producer, co-writer and star of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming feature Lola Versus, which will be released in Summer 2012.  Additionally, she co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy Breaking Upwards, which was distributed by IFC in 2010. Currently she can be seen as ‘Lily’ on NBC’s new hit comedy “Whitney.”  Recent film credits include The Other Guys, Salt, State of Play, Shadows and Lies, Stuck Between Stations, Armless, Arranged and The Wedding Bros.  For television Lister-Jones co-starred in Adult Swim’s “Delocated.” She has also appeared on “The Good Wife,” all four “Law & Order” series, “Bored to Death,” “The Class” and “Kidnapped.”  On Broadway, Lister-Jones was in The Little Dog Laughed in a role which she originated Off-Broadway at Second Stage.  Other New York stage credits include Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo, New Group’s The Accomplices and in her one-woman show, Codependence is a Four-Letter Word, which she produced, wrote and starred in at PS 122, and was a New York Times Critics Pick.  Lister-Jones is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

JERRY O’CONNELL (Douglas), born and raised in New York City, began his acting career at age 11 when he co-starred as Vern Tessio in the classic Rob Reiner film Stand By Me. He took a break from acting and didn’t return to it full-time until after getting his BFA at New York University. Upon graduating, he returned to feature film work, notably receiving critical acclaim for his role as Quarterback Frank Cushman in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. Among his many additional starring screen credits are Scream 2; Can't Hardly Wait; Mission to Mars; Tomcats;the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy Kangaroo Jack; Yours, Mine and Ours; the independent films Man About Town with Ben Affleck and Room 6 with Christine Taylor; the hit thriller Obsessed with Beyoncé Knowles; and Dimension Films’ recent remake of the cult classic Piranha 3D with Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss and Ving Rhames for director Alexandre Aja. Equally prolific on television, he most recently starred as Pete Kaczmarek in the CBS comedic drama “The Defenders” opposite Jim Belushi.  He previously starred on NBC’s hit drama “Crossing Jordan” for six seasons as Detective Woody Hoyt, a character that also crossed-over to NBC’s “Las Vegas.”  Also among his starring roles on the small screen are the Lifetime Original Movie “Nora Roberts’ Midnight Bayou” opposite Faye Dunaway, the series “Sliders” for Fox and the Sci-Fi Channel, the television movie “What the Deaf Man Heard” and the miniseries “The ‘60s.”   In 2004, O’Connell sold the screenplay for First Daughter to New Regency Films. He served as an Executive Producer for the film which starred Katie Holmes and was directed by Forrest Whitaker.  Seminar marks Mr. O’Connell’s Broadway debut.

HETTIENNE PARK (Izzy) played Sooze in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures directed by Michael Greif at The Public.  Film work includes Bride Wars (dir. Gary Winick), Year of the Fish (dir. David Kaplan; Grand Jury Prize, Avignon), Never Forever (dir. Gina Kim; Jury Prize, Deauville and Grand Jury nomination at Sundance) and the upcoming Young Adult with Charlize Theron (dir. Jason Reitman).  On television, Hettienne has guest starred on “Mercy” and “The Good Wife” and has appeared on “Damages,” “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order”, “ L&O: SVU” and “Hack.”  Seminar marks Hettienne’s Broadway debut.

THERESA REBECK (Playwright) is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. Past New York productions of her work include Mauritius (directed by Doug Hughes) at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. The Understudy (2010 Lilly Award), premiered at the 2008 Williamstown Theatre Festival and ran in New York at the Laura Pels Theater in a Roundabout Theatre Company production. All of Ms. Rebeck’s past produced plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes I, II and III and in acting editions available from Samuel French, Playscripts or Dramatists Play Service. Ms. Rebeck’s two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother (ALA Alex award) and Twelve Rooms with a View, have been published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books. In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for “Dream On,” “Brooklyn Bridge,” “L.A. Law,” “American Dreamer,” “Maximum Bob,” “First Wave” and “Third Watch.” She has been a writer/producer for “Canterbury’s Law,” “Smith,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “NYPD Blue.”  Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award and the Peabody, all for her work on “NYPD Blue.” She was the proud recipient of the National Theatre Conference Award for The Family of Mann, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The Bells and received both the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play and the Eliot Norton Award for Mauritius. She is also the proud recipient of the 2010 PEN Award for Playwriting. She is a board member of the Lark Theater, the Dramatists Guild and has taught at Brandeis University and Columbia University.  She recently served as artist in residence at the University of Delaware.  Her two most recent plays are Poor Behavior, which had its World Premiere this Fall at The Mark Taper Forum, and Dead Accounts, which had its World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in January.  She is creator, head writer and executive producer of the new hit TV series “Smash.”

SAM GOLD (Director) won a 2010 Obie Award for his direction of both Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons) and The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). His other recent New York work include acclaimed productions of Look Back in Anger (Roundabout), We Live Here by Zoe Kazan (Manhattan Theater Club),  Kin by Bathsheba Doran (Playwrights Horizons), The Coward by Nick Jones (Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3), Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock (Roundabout Theatre Company), Stephen Belber’s Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic Theater Company) and Nick Jones’ Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, which played to sold out runs at Ars Nova in 2008 and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in 2010. He most recently directed Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County at The Old Globe.  Other credits include Noah Haidle’s Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Sam Marks’ The Joke (Studio Dante), Betty Shamieh’s The Black Eyed (New York Theater Workshop), Colin McKenna’s The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane), The Threepenny Opera and Marlowe’s Edward II (Juilliard) and Anne Carson’s translation of Electra (Williams College).  Sam was the Dramaturg at The Wooster Group from 2003-2006. He is a Roundabout Associate Artist, NYTW Usual Suspect, Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, The Garson Kanin/Marian Seldes Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, and a graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program. Upcoming: The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons), The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep), Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep).

JEFFREY FINN (Producer). Broadway: American Idiot (Tony nomination, Best Musical), A View from the Bridge (Tony nomination, Best Play Revival), Oleanna, Blithe SpiritOn Golden Pond (Tony nomination, Best Play Revival).  Off-Broadway: Game Show.  Regional: Poor Behavior and Oleanna at The Mark Taper Forum, The Subject Was Roses at The Kennedy Center.  National Tours: The Music of Andrew Lloyd WebberOn Golden PondThe Who’s TommyLeader of the PackTell Me on a SundayPromises, PromisesCompanyChess; and numerous Broadway Songbooks concert tours.  In 1992, Jeffrey Finn Productions launched a corporate events company, Hot On Broadway, to produce customized corporate entertainment exclusively featuring current Broadway performers.  Current projects include Executive Producing the new musical Saving Aimee.

JILL FURMAN (Producer) was co-lead producer of In the Heights, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008. On Broadway, Jill co-produced the most recent revival of West Side Story, and is also co-producing the national tour, which is currently running. On Broadway, she produced The Drowsy Chaperone and associate produced Sly Fox and Fortune’s Fool. Off-Broadway, she produced In the Heights and On the Line and associate produced Adult Entertainment. Currently, Jill is co-producing the hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme, which will soon shoot a television pilot for a cable network, and the upcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley, which she executive produced.  In 2011 Jill received the Robert Whitehead Award from the Commercial Theatre Institute for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing.  Jill is on the Board of Directors of MCC Theater, the advisory committee of the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and is a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.  

JOHN N. HART Jr (Producer). Prior to co-founding Smuggler Films, LLC, Mr. Hart was a founding partner and President of Hart Sharp Entertainment, Inc., a New York based independent film production company. During his tenure at Hart Sharp, Mr. Hart produced 11 films and managed two private equity funds with an aggregate capital commitment of $20 million. Mr. Hart has produced 16 critically-acclaimed feature films including Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me and Revolutionary Road. He began his entertainment career in New York City as a theater producer and his Broadway credits include Eubie! A Musical (his debut in 1978), Guys & Dolls, The Who’s Tommy, Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Matthew Broderick, Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters and the record-breaking revival of Chicago. His productions have personally garnered him three Tony Awards for Best Production. In 2009, John Hart created a joint venture with Smuggler, Inc to form Smuggler Films. 

PATRICK MILLING SMITH (Producer) founded production company Smuggler Inc with partner Brian Carmody in 2001. The two quickly gained a reputation for spotting young talent and building exciting and successful careers. Smuggler is now an industry leader and creative powerhouse, winning every major award and accolade the advertising industry has to offer. Smuggler’s commercial division has twice taken home the coveted Cannes Lions Palme d'Or as well as the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, the Emmy, D&AD pencils and Sundance, London, Berlin and Venice Film Festival Awards. Mr. Milling Smith was recently awarded Clio and British Arrows Production Company of the Year and was among six honorees of the Made in New York Awards presented annually by Mayor Bloomberg. In 2009 Patrick and Brian teamed up with veteran producer John N. Hart to form Smuggler Films and execute on a slate of theater and film projects.  

ROY FURMAN (Producer) is currently represented on Broadway by The Book of Mormon, War Horse and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Co-producing this season:  Relatively Speaking, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Evita.  Past productions include La Bête, West Side Story, Spamalot, Gypsy, The History Boys, The Color Purple and All My Sons.  Co-founder of investment firm Furman Selz, currently Vice Chairman of Jefferies & Co. Vice Chairman, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

DAVID MIRVISH (Producer) is a Toronto-based theatrical producer. Mr. Mirvish owns and operates four theaters in Toronto: the Royal Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, the Panasonic and the Canon. Mirvish Productions, a company founded by Mr. Mirvish in 1986, produces live theatre for these and other venues throughout Canada, the United States and England. In 1982, Mr. Mirvish and his father, Ed Mirvish, purchased and refurbished the venerable The Old Vic Theatre in London, England, which they operated until 1998.

AMY NAUIOKAS (Producer) is founder of Archer Gray Productions and a Managing Partner of Smuggler Films. Her most recent production is the upcoming feature Greetings from Tim BuckleySeminar is Amy’s first Broadway play. Before her career in production, Amy held senior positions at Barclays Bank and Cantor Fitzgerald. She remains an active venture capitalist with businesses spanning media, entertainment, finance and technology.

JAMES SPRY (Producer) is honored to be a part of the producing team of Seminar. Broadway: Next Fall (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Desperate Writers. Off-Off-Broadway: The Cooking King (Samuel French Festival), Mistaken Identity, Running. Other: Young Benefactor Board of VH1 Save The Music, Board Member of the Lorelee Foundation.  As a development consultant, James continues to support emerging artists.  Associate Member of the Broadway League.

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