Multi award winning producer, Barbara Whitman sits down with us to discuss her most recent Tony Award winning show Fun Home, and the over 150 people it takes to support the 9 actors onstage. She also delves into some of the attributes that have made her such a success on Broadway, including being a mother. We also chat about theatre being an “industry of relationships,” and just where this industry is headed next. Barbara does a great job of demystifying the role of the producer, while offering great advice for those who wish to follow a path into producing.
Tom Wirtschafter currently is a Producer at the Barrow Street Theater, on the board at The Culture Project and the President of the Town Hall Foundation in New York City. He found himself in New York City with a minor from college in acting and after a month classes he went to his back up plan which landed him in a advertising job that sent him back to school for a MBA and pursued a career in the financial field. Tom now keeps his love of the theater alive on the producer side of the stage. We talk about; the day to day jobs of a producer, the financial considerations of producing a show, how to balance the box office with costs, advice to playwrights in getting their work produced, how audiences have changed or haven’t changed, the impact of social media on advertising and the legacy of Town Hall and it’s challenges for the future.