- Date & Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:30am to 10:45am
"You've got your MFA, BFA, or BA... but what opportunities lie ahead beyond the specific purview of your degree? Tony Award winning producer and Gator alum (BA '98) John Arthur Pinckard leads a discussion of the surprising and circuitous paths a career in the entertainment industry may take. Hear how a physics major got cast in a Florida Players showcase, became a B.A. actor who designed lighting for 18 shows in one school year, got a job music directing for a children's theater and became its artistic director, then landed a job at JPMorgan while directing Off Off Broadway with future stars Robin Taylor and Billy Eichner, then caught the eye of Hal Prince at the NYC Fringe Festival and went on to become a Tony Award winning producer who runs a production company with shows in development everywhere from Times Square to the Swamp. Through a spirited Q&A, we will explore how almost no one's path in showbusiness works out the way they intend it to. And how that's usually for the best."
JOHN ARTHUR PINCKARD is a two time Tony Award winning Broadway producer, currently represented on Broadway by the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning best musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which he helped shepherd to Broadway. With partner David Carpenter, he has recently founded Tilted Windmills Theatricals, a production company with a portfolio of titles in production and pre-production across Broadway, regional, and touring markets. Other Broadway credits include Clybourne Park (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best New Play, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), HAIR (St. James Theater), American Idiot (Tony nomination) and Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway (Tony nomination). Off Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical (Lortel nomination), which he originated at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival, and The New Colony’s award winning hit 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche. John is an inaugural recipient of the T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship for creative producers. His notable collaborators include Tony winners Greg Kotis & Mark Hollman (Urinetown), Drama Desk winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, international music sensations the Scissor Sisters, and renowned author Armistead Maupin, among others. Prior to his work on Broadway, John worked in the risk department of the investment bank at J.P.MorganChase & Co. He has lectured at Columbia University, the Commercial Theater Institute, and the University of Florida, which named him an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2009 and named him to its Alumni Advisory Council for the Arts in 2014.
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