tiffani gavin, executive director
Tiffani Gavin brings more than 25 years of experience in theater administration and producing to her new position as Executive Director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. After beginning her career in general management at The Public Theater in NY and as a company manager at Blue Man Group, she went on to hold leadership positions in both nonprofit and commercial theater organizations, including Clear Channel Entertainment and the American Repertory Theater. She's been the Manager of the Marquis Theatre on Broadway and has managed productions such as the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. As an Executive Producer for Clear Channel Entertainment and later as the General Manager/VP of Production at Martian Entertainment she commissioned and developed new work by emerging artists across the U.S. and internationally. While producing at Clear Channel, her broad portfolio included Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as national tours. Among them were Ragtime (National Tour), The Producers (Broadway, National Tour), Hairspray (Broadway, National Tour), Sweet Charity (2005 Broadway Revival), Gumboots (National Tour, European Tour), Squeezebox (Off-Broadway), and Contact (National Tour). She was also the Sr. Director of Professional and International Licensing for Theatrical Rights Worldwide where she acquired and licensed secondary performing rights for musicals such as Monty Python’s Spamalot and The Color Purple. Tiffani is a native of East Norriton, PA, and has a B.A. from Brown University in both Sociology as well as in Modern Culture and Media with a focus in Mass Media and Cultural Representation.
tom viertel, board chairman
Tom Viertel and his partners have produced and managed a wide range of productions for the past 32 years, including, among others, the original Broadway productions of
The Parisian Woman with Uma Thurman,
Smokey Joe’s Café,
Angels in America,
Penn & Teller,
The Encounter, and
Swing. Their notable revivals include
Gypsy with Patti LuPone,
The Norman Conquests,
A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury and later Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, John Doyle’s groundbreaking productions of
Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris and
Company with Raul Esparza,
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Nathan Lane and later Whoopi Goldberg,
Damn Yankees, and the first-ever Broadway revivals of
The Sound of Music and
Little Shop of Horrors. Notable off-Broadway premieres include
Driving Miss Daisy,
Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune,
The Cocktail Hour,
Marvin’s Room, and
They’ve mounted many national tours and productions in London, Australia, Canada, Europe, and throughout Asia. This season they are co-producing
The Band’s Visit and
Angels in America on Broadway, both of which won 2018 Tony Awards, and
Young Frankenstein in the West End. Their productions have received dozens of awards, including 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Grammy Awards, and 2 Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Their 8 Tony Awards include all 4 “Best” categories – play, musical, revival of a play, and revival of a musical. They also own and operate the acclaimed Broadway-themed nightclub/cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Mr. Viertel is the Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute, a joint venture of the Broadway League and TDF.
A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Viertel is a member of the Board of Governors, Government Relations, and Professional Development Committees of the Broadway League and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds.
george c. white, founder
George White’s career includes not only his 37 years as Founder and Chairman of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, but also numerous activities and accomplishments in theater throughout the world. The son of Nelson and Aida White, George was raised in Waterford, Connecticut, and was graduated from Yale with a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
In addition to his responsibilities at the O’Neill, George served as Co-Chairman of the Theater Management Program at the Yale School of Drama, and regularly directed plays in such venues as the Actors Theater, the Guthrie Theater, the Hartman Theater, the Annenberg Center, and the Hedgerow Theater. He was the Founding Chairman of the Sundance Institute, served as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, and served on the following boards: National Arts Council, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Arts and Business Council, New Dramatists, Center for Inter-American Relations, International Theater Institute, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and American Soviet Theater Initiative, Camargo Foundation, and Save Venice.
George’s contributions to theater extend beyond the borders of the United States. Beginning in 1972, he has spearheaded cultural exchange efforts in such countries as Australia, Peoples Republic of China, Russia, and Brazil. In 1984 he directed a production of Eugene O’Neill’s
Anna Christie in Beijing, and in 1987 he directed Meredith Wilson’s
The Music Man in that same city. He continues to lecture throughout the world on behalf of the U.S. Information Agency. His international accomplishments have been recognized in being awarded the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star from King Carl Gustaf, and the French Republic’s Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres. Of particular note are the numerous theatrical exchanges that George initiated in Russia, since the Cold War days of the early 1980s. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2013.
board of trustees
Thomas Viertel (Chairman), Theatrical Producer - Scorpio Entertainment, Inc.
Ruth Hendel (Vice Chair), Theatrical Producer
Stephen Hendel (Treasurer), Hess Energy Trading Company Executiv
Linda Mariani (Secretary), Attorney
Jeff Aiosa, Carriage House Mercedes Benz, Dealer Principal
Jim Calhoun, University of Connecticut, Retired Head Basketball Coach
Pat Calhoun, Philanthropist
Roger S. Christiansen, TV/Film Director - Secrist Productions
Ron Cowen, Screenwriter & Playwright
Jason Crosby, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Head of Portfolio Products Distribution
Colman Domingo, Actor, Director, Writer, and Producer
Michael Douglas, Actor/Director - Further Films
Lily Fan, Producer - Scandobean Productions
Lynn R. Fusco, Fusco Corporation, President
Alva Greenberg, Philanthropist
Carolyn Greenspan, CFO Blue State Coffee
Riccardo Hernández, Designer
Genia Kaplan Quinn, Consensus Digital Media - Executive Editor
Tom Kitt, Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator
Rita Pietropinto-Kitt, Chair, Drama Department Marymount School
Peggy Koenig, Chair, Abry Partners & Theatrical Producer
Herb Kohler, Jr., Chairman of the Board and CEO, Kohler Co.
Daniel Lipman, Screenwriter & Playwright
Soraya Nadia McDonald, Culture Critic, The Undefeated
David Preka, Owner, Advanced Group
Ellen Quinn, Consultant, Otis Elevator
Michael Rauh, President & CEO, Chelsea Groton Bank
Scott Richards, Composer/Librettist/Educator
Madleine Sayet, Director, Playwright, Educator
Bernie Schilberg, CEO, Prime Materials Recovery, Inc.
Beth Schilberg, Philanthropist & Volunteer
Sally Speer, Philanthropist
Betsy White, (Founding Trustee) Philanthropist George C. White, Founder Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Rob Brule, Town of Waterford First Selectman
David Jaffe, Connecticut College Faculty
Dorita Lieberman, Philanthropist
Traci Santos, Chairman, Waterford Recreation & Parks Commission