Advisory Committee and Board


Douglas Denoff is a four-time Tony-nominated Broadway producer, writer and entrepreneur. He has won the Drama Desk Award as a producer and television’s Emmy Award, and, in 2012 received his first Grammy nomination.

Denoff is co-producing Pretty Woman, The Musical, based on the hit movie. The musical is directed by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) and stars Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh and Eric Anderson. Previews begin July 20, 2018 and the opening night is August 16, 2018.

He will co-produce Diana, The Musical with book and lyrics by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Clever Little Lies) and music by David Bryan (Bon Jovi), directed by Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Come From Away.)

Denoff was represented in the 2016-2016 season on Broadway as a co-producer of the hit Revival of Fiddler On The Roof for which he received his third Tony nomination, he also coproduced David Mamet’s China Doll starring Al Pacino which recouped its full investment before the end of its 15-week limited run Denoff received his second Tony nomination as a co-producer of the 2012 hit musical Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick & Kelli O’Hara.

Denoff received his first Tony nomination in 2008 as a producer of 39 Steps, the hit comedy which ran over three years and 1135 performances on Broadway; Denoff was lead producer on the hit 2015-2016 off-Broadway revival of 39 Steps at Union Square Theatre, and he plans to move the show back to Broadway in 2018-2019 season. Off-Broadway, Denoff was a lead producer of the critically-acclaimed play Clever Little Lies by two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro, which starred Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe winner Marlo Thomas.

He is a Member of The Broadway League, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and The Recording Academy.


Maria di Dia (Theater Manager) brings a robust passion for the creative process and over 40 years of upper-level management. She has served in a managing role for more than 300 theatrical ventures. She continues to work on new projects from concept to completion and all the steps along the way.


Gary Flannery (Dancer – Choreographer) is a professional performer who toured the world as Shirley MacLaine’s partner; was a Principal Dancer on many TV Shows and Hollywood movies; and was Bob Fosse’s LEAD dancer on Broadway in “PIPPIN” and “DANCIN”, and was Fosse’s Principal Dancer in the movie “ALL THAT JAZZ!” Gary serves as a strong leader, teaching Master Classes, Lectures, and Seminars at Universities, Dance Schools and Colleges around the world!


David Garfinkle  is a Producer/CEO of Hello Entertainment, theatrical production company; Co-Chairman of film distribution and marketing joint venture with MyTheatre affiliate of Dentsu; founder and managing Partner of The Entertainment and Intellectual Property Group (“EIP”) law firm. Educated at Duke University and Boston University School of Law.

Hello co-productions: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical), On the Town (Tony Award Nominee for Best Revival; Astaire Award Winner Best Choreographer and Male Lead), and the a Capella musical In Transit, directed by three time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work if You Can Get It), co written by Academy Award Winner Kristen Lopez (Frozen) and arranged by Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect films); The Realistic Joneses (Drama Desk Award Best Ensemble, with Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Tracey Letts, Marisa Tomei).

Hello originating productions: Spider-Man Turn off the Dark (Music/lyrics by Bono and Edge of U2; Julie Taymor (Lion King, director)) – Broadway; Ghost the Musical – West End, Broadway, UK Tour, US Tour, Korea, Italy, Germany, China, Russia, Australia, France, Brazil, Japan, Hungary, Scandinavia, others; American Dance Machine — Joyce Theater in New York — planning Broadway move; The Immigrant (Drama Desk Nominations: Best Book and Orchestrations), Anne and Emmett (co-produced with former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; and written by Janet Langhart Cohen); three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle’s live stage productions of Love Lies and Hinton Battle: Largely Live. EIP clients have included Oprah Winfrey and OWN, Paramount Pictures, E! Entertainment Television, Telepictures division of Warner Brothers, Hinton Battle, the estates of Mahalia Jackson, Tammy Wynette and Charles Stepney (writer for Earth, Wind and Fire), and many other producers, directors, conductors, choreographers, actors, designers and recording artists in various media. Production counsel on numerous film, television and theatrical productions.

Adjunct Professor Positions: Duke University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Arts and Entrepreneurship), Duke’s Leadership in the Arts Semester in New York City; Columbia College Film School (Chicago and Los Angeles programs). Mentor: StudioDuke. Assists teaching entertainment law at Duke Law School. Teaches regularly for Theater Resources Unlimited, a training organization for Broadway and off-Broadway producers.
Boards (current and prior): The American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Broadway Theater Institute, The New York Musical Theater Festival and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Full Tony voting member of the Broadway League. Prior chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.


David Henry Hwang (Playwright) is a Tony Award® winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In addition to M. Butterfly, his works includes the plays Chinglish, Yellow Face, Golden Child, Kung Fu, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author) and Disney’s Tarzan. He also updated the libretto for the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song.

America’s most-produced living opera librettist, Hwang premiered his new opera, Dream of the Red Chamber (co-authored with Bright Sheng), at San Francisco Opera last fall. Hwang has been honored with the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He has also been a long-time board member of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center.

Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, and currently serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. He is currently a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning TV series, “The Affair,” and was recently named Chair of the American Theatre Wing.


Antonia Imre (Consultant) comes from a family that spend generations in theatre. Ms. Imre is a strategic consultant, who worked for McKinsey&Co, WizzAir, IBM, Raiffeisen bank. Since 2009 she is leading Invendor Consultancy Services and has helped the development of Central and Eastern European Startup Scene by running accelerator programs, advising startups and fundraising. Ms. Imre holds several advanced degrees including M.A. of Economics, M.A. of International management and a post-graduate degree in Cultural Heritage Management from Corvinus University of Budapest, ESADE, Barcelona and the Central European University. She is also a mother of two children.


Nancy Koltes (Designer) is a pioneer in introducing luxury linens to the American Market.

Ms. Koltes was the first to combine an American sensibility with Italian craftsmanship. The result is a luxurious collection in the finest natural fibers that captures the warmth and spirit of the American lifestyle. She is fluent in Italian and French, and passionate about Ballet and Theater Arts.

Nancy Koltes was honored to provide fine linens to Barack and Michelle Obama, including the White House.

She also serves as an Advisory Board member to the Dartmouth Club of New York and previously advised the Shelter Island Yacht Club for 12 years.

Ms. Koltes transcribed the French diplomatic correspondence of President John Adams, featured by PBS in “Adams Chronicles” – a collaboration with the Massachusetts Historical Society. She also transcribed correspondence of the Marquis de Lafayette, later published by Princeton University Press.

Ms. Koltes holds a degree in French and Fine Arts from Wells College, Aurora, NY with one year program at the Sorbonne & L’Ecole du Louvre, Paris with a focus on Fine Arts and French language.


Derek McLane (Scenic Designer) has designed over 350 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, international and regional, and television. A few of his award winning designs include:

TONY AWARD Best Scenic Design of a Play 2009 33 VARIATIONS
ART DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD 2014 + 2015 The 86th & 87th OSCARS
TONY AWARD NOMINATION Best Scenic Design/Musical 2010 RAGTIME

Roundabout Theatre: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

SELECTED CREDITS: BROADWAY: The Parisian Woman, Children of a Lesser God, The Price, Noises Off, Fully Committed, Beautiful, Gigi, China Doll, Anything Goes, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, How to Succeed In Business Without Even Trying, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife. OFF-BROADWAY: Jerry Spring the Opera, If I Forget, The Whirligig, Into The Woods, Love, Love, Love, Sweet Charity, Evening at the Talk House, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Buried Child, The Spoils, Sticks and Bones, The Last Five Years, A Lie of the Mind, Ruined, Hurlyburly. TELEVISION: He designed the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Academy Awards as well as the NBC LIVE! Musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The WIZ & HAIRSPRAY. AWARDS: Winner of 1997 + 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2015, 2016 Art Directors Guild Award, 2014 + 2017 Emmy Award.