Producing Educational Theatre in a Post-Pandemic World:
Spring Sirkin is a four time Tony Award winning producer. She founded Chamber Theatre Productions over forty-five years ago with the goal of developing the young audiences of tomorrow. She served as President and Chairperson of the Elliot Norton Awards in Boston from 1990-1994. Currently she is a trustee of the Clive Barnes Awards in NYC, and a director of the Boch/Wang Center in Boston. She was a founding member of the Profile Theatre Company renamed the Portland Stage, in Portland, Maine. Her Broadway producing credits include Master Class by Terrence McNally (winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Play), its national company and the London engagement; Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (Tony nomination, Best Play); King Hedley II by August Wilson (Tony nomination, Best Play); Bryony Lavery’s Frozen (Tony nomination, Best Play); Brian Friel’s
Faith Healer starring Ralph Fiennes (Tony nomination, Best Revival of a Play); Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten starring Kevin Spacey; Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s musical Passing Strange (Tony nominated for Best New Musical);
Peter Shaffer’s Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths;
Anton Chekov’s The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas; the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, which received seven Tony Award Nominations (Evening Standard Award for Best Play); Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones; the Broadway production of End of the Rainbow starring Tracie Bennett, and David Hare’s Skylight, Ms. Sirkin’s second Tony Award for Best Play Revival. She received her third Tony Award for Ivo Van Hove’s A View from the Bridge, in addition to producing Van Hove’s The Crucible. Other Broadway productions include Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Shuffle Along, and Lend Me a Tenor, all of which received Tony Nominations. She was recently represented on Broadway with The Front Page and Gary (7 Tony Nominations) both starring Nathan Lane. She received her fourth Tony Award for Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. In connection with her Broadway interests, Ms. Sirkin is also an active participating member of The Broadway League.
Ashlyn Frank is a New England based theatrical director. A graduate from the Fordham University Lincoln Center Theatre Program, Ashlyn has mounted productions ranging from classical to contemporary both at Fordham and Off Broadway venues. She has had the pleasure of being an assistant director at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston Massachusetts and the Iris Theatre in London, while also having the opportunity to be an intern at the Telsey + Company New York casting office. She works currently as the Creative Director of Chamber Theatre and as a freelance director where she strives to make work that is philosophical and civic while still spiritually and aesthetically engaging.
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