Rich Affannato is a Tony AwardŽ-nominated producer whose producing credits include the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit on Broadway starring Chita Rivera, Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway (9 Tony nominations, including Best Play, winning 5) and the First National Tour, ANN on Broadway (written by and starring Holland Taylor) at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the critically acclaimed New York production of SILENCE! The Musical (Winner-Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical, TIME Magazine's Top 10). He also produced the show's Original Cast Album (available on Sh-K-Boom/ Ghostlight Records), which debuted at # 12 on the Billboard Top Broadway Chart. In 2011 he became the Executive Artistic Director at Nederlander Worldwide Productions, developing brand new touring productions worldwide, including Broadway Rox (which he co-directed and produced). Rox continues to tour the U.S., played a special limited engagement tour in China, and continues to play sold-out dates at premier PACs and casinos nationwide. Rich's directing credits also include (in addition to Broadway Rox) Barbara Feldon's one-woman show Encounters; Opera Breve's New York mounting of Hansel and Gretel; and many concert productions throughout the United States. His acting credits include the Broadway and National companies of Les Miserables, The Producers, and Civil War as well as the New York production of Forbidden Broadway-20th Anniversary Edition. His portrayal of the title character in Floyd Collins led to a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical. Other credits include Stephen Sondheim's 70th Birthday Concert at the Library of Congress, and productions at The Guthrie, St. Louis Rep, Capitol Repertory Theatre, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. His company, Affannato Productions, continues to develop and produce new works for the stage. Rich currently resides in New York City.