Lawrence Berk brings with him to the American Theatre Wing over 30 years of experience in the investment banking arena. He has been integral in structuring, and has provided counsel and strategic planning services, on a multitude of financings for many top corporations worldwide. He is a partner at Wharton Associates and Chairman of Atlantic Crossing Productions, LLC, a former partner of Oppenheimer & Co., has held executive positions with various other investment firms, and has been a successful money manager. Throughout his considerable career, Mr. Berk has directed well over 50 underwriting private placements. Mr. Berk is a founding member of Financial Investment Analyst Associations, a member of the National Investment Bankers Association and the Executive Council of New York. He is on the Board of Directors of the Executive Forum of NYU Stern School of Business, and Partner of Redds Venture Investments.
He has held many roles in the entertainment industry: he has produced plays and has served as a member of the Board of the Actors Studio; was a founding Chairman of the Veterans Ensemble Theatre, a group of writers, directors, and actors who served in the Vietnam War; was on the Board of the Association of American Dance Companies and was a trustee of Manhattan Theatre Club. Mr. Berk has been referenced and quoted in numerous publications, including, but not limited to, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and South China Morning Post.