My name is Ken Davenport. I’m a Broadway Producer whose credits include Macbeth, Kinky Boots, Godspell, Chinglish,Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. (I’m also the Producer from that iPhone commercial).
In addition to Producing, I created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on “The Today Show,” and a smartphone app called AT THE BOOTH™, which has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and called “Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!” I also run a number of theatrical websites including DidHeLikeIt.com, and YourBroadwayGenius.com. I recently released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country, was named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40″ and am one of the co-organizers of TEDxBroadway.
Prior to my career producing theatre, I spent ten years as a Stage Manager, Company Manager and General Manager for a number of Broadway Shows and Broadway National Tours such as Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, and many more.
I started this blog for anyone that is interested in the art of producing on or Off-Broadway. Maybe you’re a Writer, an Artistic Director, or a General Manager that wants to learn more about producing theatre on Broadway or Off Broadway, or maybe you want to be the next David Merrick or Cameron Mackintosh. As you probably already know, there aren’t many places that teach you how to produce theatre on Broadway or Off-Broadway or anywhere for that matter!
There is the Commercial Theater Institute (which I’m a huge fan of), but if you’re not in New York City, then the Commercial Theater Institute is not an option. There are graduate programs that offer masters in arts administration, but for what you pay in tuition at those schools you could produce a small scale Off-Broadway show yourself (and maybe even learn more)!
Reading my blog will give you some insight into producing theatre and the issues that Broadway and Off-Broadway producers face on a daily basis. So sign up and start reading today. See you on the site!
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