In the Loop
Alumni News : Mar 3, 2014

Tony Award winning producer John Pinckard returns to UF

UF 2009 Outstanding Young Alumnus and Tony Award winning producer John Pinckard returned to UF Feb. 21-22, 2014 to host a master class and to visit with faculty, staff and students.

Pinckard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UF in 1998 and is a creative producer based in New York, focusing on Broadway, Off Broadway, national touring and other major market theatrical productions. He co-produced Clybourne Park, a comedic Broadway play about race and real estate, which received the Tony Award for Best Play in June 2012. Other notable credits include the hit production of Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway, which toured Australia, and Green Day’s American Idiot: The Musical. He is a producer of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murderwhich is currently playing on Broadway.

"I started at UF studying physics and ended up as a lighting designer," says Pinckard. “Returning to campus is like coming home to the house you grew up in—everything has changed yet it’s all still really familiar."

During his visit, Pinckard spent time visiting with Dean Lucinda Lavelli and discussing changes and insights into the industry. He also spoke to students in Professor Tim Altmeyer’s MFA Acting IV and Contemporary Acting class, offering tips for auditioning and insight into the importance of fundraising. Lastly, Pinckard met with College of Fine Arts public relations and marketing interns and shared details of how top Broadway productionsare marketed.