Alexander Fraser & Robyn Goodman Named Producing Director, Executive Director of Bucks County Playhouse
Bucks County Playhouse has announced today that The Playhouse has selected Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman to assume the leadership roles of Producing Director and Executive Producer, respectively. They will be replacing outgoing Producing Director Jed Bernstein, who announced earlier this year he will be joining Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts as its next President. Fraser and Goodman will begin their duties at The Playhouse in January of 2014.
Sherri and Kevin Daugherty through their family foundation Bridge Street Foundation, provided the funding to acquire and renovate the New Hope, Pennsylvania property in December 2011. This 75 year old historic theatre, which had been sitting empty since late 2010, re-opened July 2, 2012 and now operates twelve months per year, hosting over 50,000 audience members in 2013. 2014 will see the first Broadway transfer in years, when BCP's production of Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, moves to Broadway.
"We are thrilled to welcome Robyn and Alex as the new leadership team of the Bucks County Playhouse. We feel fortunate to be able to work with such immensely talented, experienced and wonderful people," said Bridge Street Foundation founders Sherri and Kevin Daugherty. "Jed really resurrected this theater, bringing back the charm, the tradition and the excitement of Broadway caliber performances here in New Hope. Collectively, Alex and Robyn have impressive Broadway experience, a great appreciation for the history of The Playhouse and some really creative ideas. We can't wait to see their shows."
"Having Alex and Robyn as the new artistic leadership of the Bucks County Playhouse is like adding Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to your team at the same time. I leave The Playhouse in the best new hands possible," said outgoing Producing Director Jed Bernstein.
"We are honored to take the helm of Bucks County Playhouse and continue the tradition begun by the great Moss Hart and so beautifully restored and rejuvenated by Jed Bernstein and Kevin and Sherri Daugherty's Bridge Street Foundation," said Fraser and Goodman. "We look forward to serving the people of the Delaware River Valley by presenting the highest quality entertainment and providing a nurturing home for plays and musicals bound for Broadway and beyond."
The Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman met 30 years ago, forming a dynamic artistic partnership and friendship that culminates now in their assuming the directorship at Bucks County Playhouse.
Alexander Fraser has worked as a theatrical producer, general manager and nonprofit executive for over 70 Broadway, off-Broadway, West End and touring productions. Among them are Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award for Best Musical), Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart directed by George C. Wolfe (for which Mr. Fraser received a 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival); Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore (including New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and Sydney); Charles Busch's The Divine Sister, Bombay Dreams, Topdog/Underdog (Pulitzer Prize) and Crazy for You (1992 Tony Award for Best Musical). From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Fraser was Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre. Notable productions during his tenure include August Wilson's Jitney (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play), Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night (Drama Desk Award), Cheryl West's Jar the Floor, Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth and Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants. Over the years, Fraser is proud to have worked with such luminaries as Bob Boyett, Carol Burnett, Arthur Cantor, Angela Lansbury, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ian McKellen, Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove, Lou Moore, Claire Nichtern, Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson, Daryl Roth, Carole Rothman, Paula Wagner, Anita Waxman, Charlotte Wilcox and ElizaBeth Williams.
Robyn Goodman has forged a successful career as one of the leading creative producers working on Broadway today. After serving as Founder and Artistic Director of the award winning nonprofit Second Stage Theatre for 13 years and Supervising Producer of ABC's One Life to Live for five years, she turned to Broadway. Ms. Goodman is currently lead producer for the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. She developed and produced the musical Avenue Q (2004 Tony Award for Best Musical) and produced In the Heights (2008 Tony Award for Best Musical). Among her other Broadway productions are Metamorphoses, West Side Story, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, The Performers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, American Idiot, A Class Act and High Fidelity. Off Broadway she produced Bat Boy, tick, tick...Boom!, Our Lady of 121st Street, Red Light Winter and the award winning Christian boy band homage, Altar Boyz. Robyn serves as Artistic Consultant to The Roundabout Theatre Company, where she is Artistic Producer of the Underground Series for emerging writers, which includes a commissioning program. She formed Aged in Wood Productions in 2000, which she now shares with partners Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler.