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Mon, April 19, 2021 - 7:00 PM
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Industry panelists Ryan Conway (2nd Vice President of The Off-Broadway League; President of Architect Theatrical—General Managers for Broadway’s West Side Story, Off-Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Carl Pasbjerg (Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group—Manager and Co-Producer of the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia, and Touring productions of Come From Away), and Catherine Russell (General Manager of The Theater CenterThe Office! A Musical Parody—the first non-union show to reopen in NYC, and Perfect Crime—the first Equity show in NYC to reopen) will discuss how to get shows and audiences back into our theaters in New York and nationwide.

Moderated by Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer and EAG Council Member Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder—Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Diana: A New Musical—heading to Netflix prior to Broadway).

All proceeds from this event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG for NYC's performing artists in need.


(in alphabetical order)

MARGOT ASTRACHAN is a Tony Award-winning Commercial Theatrical Producer. Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), The Realistic Joneses, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Tours: the National & Australian tours of Ghost the Musical, Concert: the only staged version of the James Goldman / Stephen Sondheim Evening Primrose. She was the American Artistic Director of the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, and The Kings Head Theatre in London, and has had over 30 years’ experience producing special events for Arts Organizations. Particular interest in new work and has produced Developmental Labs of two new musicals within this past year. She is Vice-Chair of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Director of: the Transport Group, League of Professional Theatre Women, Episcopal Actors’ Guild, Theatre Board of the Kaufman Cultural Center, Alumni & Friends of La Guardia High School, and American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Astrachan is a member of APAP, NAMT, The Broadway League, The Dramatists Guild, British American Business, and BAFTA. She is a graduate of CTI (The Commercial Theatre Institute).

RYAN CONWAY: After overseeing the general management division of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises from 2014-2019, Ryan Conway now proudly serves as President and owner of ARCHITECT THEATRICAL. As a general manager, Architect Theatrical currently oversees the 2020 revival of West Side Story and the Off Broadway production of Rock of Ages. Previous select productions include: Spring Awakening (2016 Broadway revival), Once On This Island (2017 Broadway revival) and Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Off-Broadway he has managed Avenue QDaddy Long Legs#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment, Clinton The Musical, and Trip of Love. Prior to working as a general manager Ryan worked in commercial theatre in New York City as a company manager for some of Broadway’s biggest shows, including Mamma Mia!Billy ElliotSpider-Man: Turn off the Dark, and Macbeth. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, IL where he studied Performing Arts Management and Music. Ryan is a proud member of the Broadway League and the Vice President of the Off Broadway League.

CARL PASBJERG is Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group (APG), a theatrical management and production company, and is currently managing and co-producing the Broadway, Toronto, West End, Australia and Touring productions of Come From Away, as well as co-producing Thomas John – Celebrity Psychic Medium in Las Vegas. Other APG Broadway, Off-Broadway and Touring productions include:  Rocktopia, Celebrity Autobiography, In Transit, Alton Brown – Eat Your Science, Doctor Zhivago, The Illusionists (2014-2019 Broadway Engagements), Rockin’ Road To Dublin, Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale, First Date, Memphis (Broadway, West End and North American Tour), A Christmas Story – The Musical, Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Magic Mike Live - Australia, Off-Broadway’s Lucky Guy, and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Live on tour.  Upcoming: A Sign Of The Times, Other World, Accidental Heroes, Marie, Life and Trust, and Trading Places. APG has consulted on, developed and managed many live stage productions in Las Vegas including productions of Magic Mike Live, Rock of Ages, Absinthe, Jersey Boys, Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly, Paul Zerdin – Mouthing Off, and Puppet Up.

CATHERINE RUSSELL is the General Manager both of the Theater Center, at Broadway and 50th Street, and Perfect Crime, the longest running play in the history of New York. Last fall, frustrated by the re-opening of restaurants, bowling alleys and gyms, she spearheaded a class action suit of small venues and comedy clubs against Andrew Cuomo, Bill DeBlasio and the State of New York. Last month, Cuomo announced that small venues could reopen just a few days before their scheduled court date. On April 9, the non-union show The Office! A Musical Parody (which Catherine also general manages) reopened at the Theater Center, making it the first show with live actors to reopen in New York and, this past weekend, Perfect Crime reopened on its 34th anniversary, making it the first show in NYC to receive Actors' Equity permission to open. She is currently raising money to build a new 5-venue Off-Broadway complex in Times Square.


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