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Howard Sherman
HOWARD SHERMAN was executive director of the American Theatre Wing from 2003 to 2011. During that time, his varied responsibilities included serving as executive producer and occasional moderator of the television program Working in the Theatre; creating and hosting the audio program Downstage Center; incorporating SpringboardNYC, the Theatre Intern Group and The Jonathan Larson Grants into ATW's programming; leading ATW's utilization of the web and social media for distribution of and communication about its programs; conceiving the book The Play That Changed My Life; and serving on the Tony Awards Management and Administration Committees. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of ATW's National Theatre Company Grants program, and secured the organization's first-ever funding from The Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Immediately prior to joining ATW, he spent three years as Executive Director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford CT, overseeing the Center's educational and developmental programs, shepherding more than $1 million worth of physical plant upgrades, and re-branding The O'Neill through a coordinated communications initiative. Sherman was Managing Director of Geva Theater in Rochester (1998-2000), where he completed a $6 million capital campaign and opened the company's 135-seat Nextstage. He was the first General Manager of Goodspeed Musicals (1994-1998), working on 24 new and classic musicals, including the U.S. Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves. As Public Relations Director of Hartford Stage (1985-1993), he represented 50 shows, from Mark Lamos' productions of Hamlet and Peer Gynt with Richard Thomas to Marvin's Room, Other People's Money, and Our Country's Good, the latter three prior to New York runs. He began his career in press positions with the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays, Westport Country Playhouse, and Manhattan Theatre Club.

He has taught and/or guest lectured at the Yale School of Drama, North Carolina School of the Arts, Emerson College, Brooklyn College, Hartt School of Music and University of Connecticut; was a corporation member of The Neighborhood Playhouse and on the National Board of Advisors of The Actors Fund; and is currently a board member of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He served for several years as an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a native of New Haven CT and graduate of University of Pennsylvania.

Bio as of July, 2011.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Passion and Compassion: Actors 2011 - June, 2011 - Watch now.
Theatre Journalism: Online and Off - May, 2011 - Watch now.
Compelling Stories: Playwrights 2011 - January, 2011 - Watch now.
Embracing Process: Directors 2010 - December, 2010 - Watch now.
The Next Generation 2010 - June, 2010 - Watch now.
Equal Exchange: Actors 2010 - April, 2010 - Watch now.
Developing Musical Theatre - April, 2010 - Watch now.
Waiting In The Wings - March, 2010 - Watch now.
The Play That Changed My Life - December, 2009 - Watch now.
Leading Ladies - September, 2009 - Watch now.
At Work and Play: Lead Actors 2009 - April, 2009 - Watch now.
Consolation and Provocation: Playwrights 2009 - February, 2009 - Watch now.
Demystifying the Classics - April, 2008 - Watch now.
Directors on Directing - February, 2008 - Watch now.
Off-Broadway Companies - January, 2008 - Watch now.
Horton Foote's America - November, 2007 - Watch now.
Artistic Directors - June, 2007 - Watch now.
Leading Men - May, 2007 - Watch now.
The Casting Director - February, 2007 - Watch now.
The Playwright - December, 2006 - Watch now.
Producing Commercial Theatre Off-Broadway - October, 2006 - Watch now.
Directing - June, 2006 - Watch now.
Design - May, 2006 - Watch now.
Production: The Drowsy Chaperone - April, 2006 - Watch now.
Critics - January, 2006 - Watch now.
Exploring Summer Theatre - June, 2005 - Watch now.
Performance - May, 2005 - Watch now.
Puppetry and Theatre - October, 2004 - Watch now.
Production: Caroline, or Change - April, 2004 - Watch now.
Producing New Plays for Broadway - April, 2004 - Watch now.
Performance - April, 2004 - Watch now.
Regional Theatre: Goodspeed Opera House - April, 1995 - Watch now.

Downstage Center (audio)
Howard Sherman - March, 2010 - Listen Now.

Member of the American Theatre Wing Advisory Committee

Theatre Intern Group Panelist - 2008, 2011