Theodore S. Chapin is President and Executive Director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Currently he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Theater Wing. He has also been chairman of the Advisory Committee for New York City Center's Encores! series since its inception, and serves on several boards including Goodspeed Musicals, Connecticut College, and City Center. He served as a Tony Awards nominator for two seasons, and is currently a member of the Tony Administration Committee. His career began as production or directorial assistant for the Broadway productions of FOLLIES, THE ROTHSCHILDS and THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER AND HIS WIFE, as well as Bernstein's MASS at the Kennedy Center, and CANDIDE in San Francisco. As Associate to Alan Arkin, he worked on the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's THE SUNSHINE BOYS, TWIGS starring Carol Burnett (CBS); and Neil Cuthbert's THE SOFT TOUCH. He was Musical Director for the National Theatre of the Deaf's production of FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS, and Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab. His book EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL "FOLLIES," was published by Alfred A. Knopf (fall 2003), and in paperback by Applause Books (spring 2005).
Since graduating from the Harvard Business School in 1989, Bill has worked in the media and entertainment industry in NY and London, specializing in launching and running consumer products businesses across multi-media platforms, building brands, and maximizing sales. He has held senior positions at BMG Records, BBC Worldwide, Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, and The Estate of Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Gaden began his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College. He joined The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in 2005, which was acquired by Imagem in 2009.
Michelle Yaroshko (Director, Professional Theater Licensing) joined R&H after spending 5 years as the Associate Producer of the world famous Radio City Rockettes. For the 15 years prior Michelle worked around the country as a Performer, Choreographer and Director. As a professional licensor, Michelle now has the pleasure of revisiting many of the same regional and summer stock theaters in which she performed in over 60 productions.
Brian Sherman (Manager, Professional Theater Licensing) joined the team at R&H Theatricals in March 2010. As Manager of Theatrical Licensing, his responsibilities include Professional Licensing in North America and Canada, business development initiatives for the amateur markets and educational outreach. Brian has worked previously for Music Theatre International and Samuel French, Inc. and brings over five years of extensive industry expertise to his position here at R&H. Please feel free to contact Brian if you have inquiries regarding Professional Licensing or theatrical education.
Christina Ritter (Manager of Amateur Licensing) Christina has been a member of the R&H Team since August of 2004, Manager of a staff of 4, Christina is responsible for the operation of R&H Amateur Theatrical department. Customers should contact Christina with any questions related to Licensing an Amateur production, checking the status of an existing amateur account, competition request, and any other questions relating to amateur rights.
Lissi Larisa Borshman (Amateur Theatricals Representative) has been a member of the R&H Theatricals team since January 2005. In her role as Amateur Theatricals Representative Lisi is here to help with any of your post booking inquiries including billing (outstanding balances, purchase orders, assistance filling out your W-9), contract terms and other questions regarding the production you have booked.
Andrew Heyman (Amateur Theatricals Representative) has been with R&H Theatricals since May of 2009. Please contact Andrew with any customer service requests or questions regarding restricted titles. Andrew is more than happy to check on the status of an existing request or help you pick a show. Andrew holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University and a BA in Classics from Princeton University.
Robin Sandusky (Amateur Theatricals Representative) joined the R&H Team in May, 2011, following her tenure as a licensing agent with Samuel French Inc. A native of Johnstown, PA, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Bethany College. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently developing a number of projects as both a playwright and a book writer/lyricist. As a lifelong admirer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon, she is happy to share her enthusiasm and musical theatre knowledge with you. Feel free to contact Robin regarding your perusal requests, bookings, and shipments.
Marketing/PR & Communications
Bert Fink (Senior Vice President/Communications) serves in a variety of promotional, publicity, marketing, archival and production capacities for R&H. He has produced DVD and Blu-ray documentary segments for nearly a dozen movie musical titles, working with such studios as 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. He has written essays and liner notes for CD, DVD and songbook editions of the R&H musicals, has lectured on musicals at museums and academic institutions, and currently teaches musical theater history at NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Prior to joining R&H, he handled publicity for Broadway shows, working with such legendary figures of the theater as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins.
Dana Saltzman Siegel
Dana Saltzman Siegel (Director Marketing and Digital Media) joined R&H in December 2009. Prior to R&H Dana worked at Sony Music Masterworks where she worked with artists ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Duncan Sheik, Yo-Yo Ma to Elvis as well as numerous Broadway Cast Recordings. At R&H Dana oversees all online activity, manages www.rnh.com and is responsible for all online PR, online marketing and social media.
If you are looking to promote your production or costume & set rentals through R&H platforms or would like to brainstorm on marketing ideas for your production Dana is happy to help. Just reach out!
Sarah Outhwaite (Digital Content Coordinator) has produced digital media for R&H since September 2010. She creates video and graphic design, assists in developing social media content, and facilitates the use of R&H's archival materials. She graduated with a BA in Comparative Literature, Theatre & Dance from Princeton University in 2009. Since then, she has worked in New York and Cambodia as a director, choreographer, and digital artist.
Bruce Pomahac, (Director of Music) began his career as a Broadway arranger and conductor. Now he's at home in the best of all possible musical theatre worlds, The R&H Music Archive. Here, he and Wayne Blood, R&H's Manager of Musical Preparation, are constantly reexamining, restoring and maintaining the scores and scripts of the many musical shows we represent. On a daily basis Bruce and Wayne are in touch with conductors, arrangers, orchestrators, choreographers, etc. around the globe, keeping abreast of the latest challenges our customers are facing and providing information and helpful solutions. Are you about to perform THE KING AND I with an orchestra of ten and are having trouble deciding which ten instruments will give you the best accompaniment? Let us help you make the best determination. Whatever your musical concerns, we've got the answers to your questions!
Rob Shapiro (Manager of Materials and Foreign Licensing) Rob prepares scripts for new acquisitions and restorations; liaises between R&H's international agents and the New York office; and works on various projects such as the G2K series and trivia cards. Prior to R&H, Rob received his MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and he is currently collaborating on a number of projects as a composer and lyricist. If you have questions about materials, discrepancies between scripts and score, or would like information about licensing musicals outside of the USA and Canada, feel free to contact Rob.
Wayne Blood (Manager of Musical Preparation) has served as a musical copyist, in New York, in Europe and across America for numerous shows before making his home in our music department. Wayne is responsible for creating and/or supervising the creation of all the computer files for our musical materials. In this way, he takes care of keeping our scores and parts as up to date and as user friendly as possible. Whether it's building score files, extracting parts or involving himself in the research necessary to keep R&H's Theater and Concert Library materials state of the art, Wayne's experience in the orchestra pit, the concert hall and on stage serve him (and all of us) well. Have you spotted something in our musical materials that we could improve for you? Wayne is the person here to be in touch with. We want to continue to provide you with the highest quality materials we can offer, and Wayne is here to make sure we do.
Michael Vannoni (Manager, R&H Concert Library) is happy to assist you with all of your concert licensing needs. As a classical musician and musical theatre enthusiast, Michael is able to assist a variety of customers with their specific, individual needs. From theatre customers looking to give a concert to classical customers who have the interest in pops and theatrical concert planning, Michael is the person to contact with any questions you may have. Michael can generally be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or during normal New York business hours at (212) 699-6564.
Sebastian Fabal (Music Synchronization, Associate) received his Master of Fine Arts at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in Musical Theatre Competition, primarily as a composer/lyricist. He enjoys writing and watching all things musical. Currently he works with Williamson Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein's music publishing division, focusing on auxiliary licensing including lyric reprints, merchandise, and synchronization. He is very happy to be working with such a great catalogue of iconic musical theatre composers!
Kara Darling (Manager, Music Synchronization) graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Music. At Williamson Music Kara serves in a variety of music publishing capacities. She oversees all aspects of synchronization licensing worldwide, handles sample requests, and exploits all copyrights.