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David Saint, photo by Frank WojciechowskiDavid Saint (Artistic Director) Now in his sixteenth season at George Street Playhouse, Artistic Director David Saint has directed thirty one main-stage productions. Most recently he directed Good People, Twelve Angry Men, Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway; the NJ premiere of the Broadway hit God of Carnage; the world premiere of Joe DiPietro’s Creating Claire; Boyd Gaines, Rachel Dratch, Kathleen McNenny and Stephen DeRosa in A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia;  Marlo Thomas and Keith Carradine in Arthur Laurents’ New Year’s Eve; Matthew Arkin in Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen; Jack Klugman and Paul Dooley in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys; William Finn’s landmark musical Falsettos, the film noir musical Gunmetal Blues, Inspecting Carol, the world premiere of Arthur Laurents’ 2 Lives; The Last Five Years, Lend Me a Tenor, the world premiere of Charles Evered’s Celadine starring Amy Irving and Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM!. Mr..Saint’s  time in New Brunswick has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Uta Hagen, A.R. Gurney, Arthur Laurents, George Grizzard, Chita Rivera, Eli Wallach, Frances Sternhagen, Anne Meara, Dan Lauria, Stephen Sondheim and Jack Klugman.

An ardent advocate for new work, Mr. Saint created the Next Stage Festival of New Plays at George Street where the recent Broadway hit and Tony Award-winner Proof by David Auburn was developed before moving on to Manhattan Theatre Club and Broadway, becoming the longest-running play in two decades and the most produced play in the nation during the 2002-03 season. Another success story emerging from the Festival is The Spitfire Grill, which won the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for New American Musicals and was produced under Mr. Saint’s direction at Playwrights Horizons in New York, winning Drama Desk, Drama-League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations, before becoming one of the most produced plays in the nation during the 2004-05 season, generating more than 100 productions across the country. Another new work which began its life at George Street Playhouse is The Toxic Avenger, the musical by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan that moved to New York, won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical, and has gone on to multiple productions worldwide.

Mr. Saint has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at most of the leading regional theatres around the country. Recent credits include directing the first national tour of the recent Broadway revival of West Side Story, A.R. Gurney’s new play The Fourth Wall at Primary Stages, starring Sandy Duncan, as well as the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s The God Committee at Barrington Stage. Other regional credits include Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and SeattleRepertory Theatre, where he served as Associate Artistic Director to Daniel Sullivan, directing many productions including the West Coast premiere of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter. Other productions include two Anne Meara plays: After-Play, in New York and Los Angeles, and Down the Garden Paths, which began at George Street Playhouse and moved to New York; the national tour of The Cocktail Hour, with Fritz Weaver and Elizabeth Wilson; Fame: The Musical; The Fourth Wall, with Betty Buckley and George Segal; Fourplay, with Elaine May and Gene Saks; Sons and Fathers, with Holly Hunter; and the West Coast premiere of Lend Me a Tenor, as well as world premieres by such authors as Jonathan Larson, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein and others. Mr. Saint was recently a panelist for the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative for the Pew Charitable Trust, has taught at Bennington College, and directed the short film Celebrity. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, and several Drama-Logue Awards.

Kelly Ryman (Managing Director) was appointed Managing Director in July 2013.  She served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations since 2000, spearheading promotional efforts resulting in the top ten-highest grossing productions in the Playhouse’s history.   Off-Broadway, Kelly was a member of the marketing team for The Toxic Avenger, which won the 2009 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical.  She has served as Chair of Jersey Arts Marketers for the Central New Jersey region, as well as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for New Jersey’s ArtsPlanNJ, and the marketing committee for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of New Brunswick City Market as well the Advisory Boards of the New Brunswick Press Association and Elijah’s Promise.  Prior to her tenure at George Street Playhouse, Ms. Ryman served as Associate Director of Marketing at McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.  She was recognized in 2012 by ArtPride NJ with their Arts Leadership Award for her service to the theatre and arts communities.

Board of Directors

George Wolansky - Chairman
Director, Human Resources
Clinical Supply Services, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Dr. Penelope Lattimer
Director
Rutgers Institute to Improve Student Achievement

Jim Heston - President
Retired,
Executive Vice President of Human Resources Metlife

 Jacob Paster

Alan W. Voorhees - Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President, Investments
UBS Financials

Norman Politziner
Certified Financial Planner
NJP Associates

David V. Fasanella - Treasurer
Regional Vice President
TD Bank

Roger S. Pratt
Managing Director
Prudential Real Estate Investors

Sharon Karmazin - Secretary
President
The Karma Foundation

Kelly Ryman
Managing Director

Ronald Bleich
Partner
WithumSmith+Brown

David Saint
Artistic Director
George Street Playhouse

Dr. Helen G. Brudner
Retired

Ruth Anne Salau
Community Volunteer

Alice Devoe
Devoe & Devoe, Esqs

Jocelyn Schwartzman
Community Volunteer

Kenneth M. Fisher
Nassau Communications

 

Lora Tremayne
Community Volunteer

William R. Hagaman, Jr.
Managing Partner, CEO
WithumSmith+Brown

 

Stephen M. Vajtay Jr.
Managing Partner,
McCarter & English, LLP

Lucy Hughes
Executive Director and Head,
North America HR Operations and Services,
Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Adelaide Zagoren
Trustee, Immediate Past President
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

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