Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them.
IRENE GANDY is the only Black female member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) on Broadway. She has been a press agent works with Jeffrey Richards Associates. She is a Tony-Award winning producer on Broadway for The Gershwin’s’ Porgy and Bess and was a producer for Lady Day At Emerson Bar and Grill starring Audra MacDonald. She was also co -producer with Voza Rivers of the National tour of the South-African musical Serafina. She currently serves on the board of City College for the Arts, HARLEM WEEK and The New Heritage Theatre. In 2008, she became the first female press agent to be immortalized with a Sardis caricature. Gandy recently launched the Irene Gandy Fur Collection designed by Mr. Pete and was featured in the 2015 August issue of Vogue Magazine. “A Day in the Life Irene Gandy” a documentary is being produced that will center around her life being the 1st African-American women Press Agent and Producer on Broadway for over 50 years. She was recently inducted into New York Public Library Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library.
WILLIAM IVEY LONG designs for opera, ballet, modern dance, theatre, television, and film. He has 76 Broadway credits – including the new musical DIANA, CHICAGO, BEETLEJUICE, TOOTSIE, CINDERELLA, GREY GARDENS, HAIRSPRAY, PRODUCERS, CRAZY FOR YOU, NINE. He has been nominated for 17 Tony Awards, winning 6 times. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006, and recently completed a 4 year term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing.
Diana DiMenna is an award-winning theater and film producer and philanthropist. Her Broadway credits include Girl From The North Country, What the Constitution Means to Me; Network; Three Tall Women; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Bright Star; A Doll’s House, Part Two; Meteor Shower; and The Humans (national tour).
Adam Feldman is the Theater and Dance Editor and chief theater critic at Time Out New York, where he has been a staff writer since 2003. He is the president of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
Alex Brightman is an actor and writer, best known for originating the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock and the title role in Beetlejuice on Broadway, both of which earned him Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include Glory Days, Wicked (Boq), Big Fish, and Matilda the Musical (Michael Wormwood). Alex is also a member of the comedy group, The (M)orons, along with fellow Broadway actors/writers Andrew Kober, F. Michael Haynie, and Drew Gasparini. As a writer, Alex is currently developing two new musicals, The Whipping Boy and It’s Kind of a Funny Story with his friend and writing partner, Drew Gasparini.