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Steve Wargo

Creative Director

Steve has been working in New York theater as a director, producer, and writer since the fall of 2000. His work spans from traditional musical theater to the avant garde fringe to environmental/immersive works. Favorite credits include (as director): the immersive concert experience "Kabarett Weimar"; seven NYC productions of his musical adaptation (with Dianne Adams McDowell) of "Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'"; David Ives' "Don Juan in Chicago" (first NYC revival); "The Duchess, aka Wallis Simpson" and "Orchidelirium" (both U.S. premieres); "I Will Follow," and "Air Guitar: The Musical" (both for the NYC Fringe); "All's Well That Ends Well" (Manhattan Rep.) As writer: "Triassic Parq: The Musical" (with Marshall Pailet and Bryce Norbitz) (NYC Fringe Best Musical '10; Off Broadway '12: Lortel Nom.; L.A. '13: 11 Ovation Award Noms, Winner: Best Musical; San Franciso '14: 8 SGBATCC Noms; Published and licensed by Broadway Licensing.); "Scooby-Doosical" with Keith Varney; "Nighttime Traffic" with Alex Wyse. As producer: Keith Varney's "I Got Fired: A Revenge Musical" (with Liz Ulmer, NYMF '10; Theater for the American Musical Award; South Korea's Daegu International Musical Festival '11); Arthur Kopit's revised "BecauseHeCan" (first NYC revival). In theater-adjacent work, he has lectured (on “A Christmas Carol”) at Brooklyn College and his essay, "Journey On," on how the AIDS crisis impacted the development of the American Musical, was published in the trade journal “Musical Theater Today”. A twenty-year New Yorker, Steve grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. More at thestevewargo.com

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Blair Russell

Director of Operations

Blair is a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd at the Greenwich House Theater, and the West End productions of Gyspy with Imelda Staunton and Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. For Jujamcyn Theaters, Blair oversaw the daily activities of the office of the President before joining the Theatre Operations department in managing the running of five Broadway theaters. At Goodspeed Musicals (a two-time Tony award-winning regional theater) he assisted the producers in managing the seasons at both the mainstage Opera House and the Terris Theater, line produced the annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, and assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, and LMNOP. Blair previously worked as a stage manager for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Goodspeed Musicals, Opera Santa Barbara, and Virginia Repertory Theatre.He currently serves on the board of The New Harmony Project and is Co-President of the board of New York Theatre Barn. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Technical Theatre/Stage Management.