Robert Nederlander, Sr.


Robert E. Nederlander, a successful entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist for over 50 years, is Chairman & CEO of Nederlander Company LLC, owner and/or operator of Nederlander theatres outside New York City; a director of the Nederlander Organization, Inc., the owner and/or operator of nine Broadway theatres in New York City; and the President of Nederlander Television and Film Productions, Inc., the producer of award-winning programs for cable and network television.

In addition to his vast activities in entertainment, he served as the Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees Baseball Club from 1990-1991 and is currently a limited partner in the New York Yankees Partnership. He has been a friend and colleague to America's most distinguished political and business leaders including Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Yankees' George Steinbrenner and countless others. As a civic leader, he has dedicated his life to raising millions of dollars for social, health and educational organizations including the University of Michigan, Gateway American Committee, the American Health Foundation and the National Council on Educational Research. His alma mater, The University of Michigan, has honored his service to the school with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1985, the Presidential Society Service Citation in 1988 and an Honorary Degree, Doctorate of Law, in 1990.

After the historic visit over 30 years ago of China's Ping Pong team to the University of Michigan, Robert Nederlander headed a delegation of University professors and scholars to the People's Republic of China to meet senior governmental representatives and leading administrators. The trip was a great success and many new friendships were formed. The Nederlanders are very proud of the small role they played in opening the channels of communication between the United States and China and in helping to foster better relations at that time. Three decades later, he is working with his son Robert and Madame Chen on the introduction of a new venture that will become a leader in the growth of the entertainment industry in China.

Robert Nederlander, Jr.

President / CEO

Robert Nederlander, Jr. is a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theatre.  The Nederlander family of companies is, collectively, one of the largest theatre organizations in the world, with more than 30 theatres throughout North America and England, including nine theatres on Broadway in New York City. On an annual basis, more than 5 million people go to Nederlander theatres and have attended over 50 musical productions.

Mr. Nederlander is the founder and President of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, which manages theatres and presents Broadway productions in emerging international markets, produces international productions for Broadway and elsewhere around the world, and undertakes international cultural educational initiatives.

Mr. Nederlander is one of the international pioneers in the emerging Chinese cultural Industry, having created the first foreign cooperative joint venture in 2005 to operate in China's live performance industry, presented four Broadway shows including 42nd Street, the first tour of a Broadway show across China, and presented Soul of Shaolin the first Chinese show to perform on Broadway in New York City.  Today, Mr. Nederlander manages Chinese theatres utilizing the Broadway management model and is now developing Mandarin language productions of Broadway shows.

Educational initiatives include The Cultural Trade & Industry Exchange Program in New York, established in conjunction with China's Ministry of Culture, introducing Chinese cultural officials and theatre professionals to all facets of the Broadway industry.  Collaboration with various educational institutions across China including Peking University, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and the Beijing Central Academy of Drama.  In partnership with New York Institute of Technology, Mr. Nederlander founded The Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries Program, a Masters of Arts graduate degree program which specializations in the intersection of business, art and technology, and is designed primarily for international arts managers and students worldwide.

Other recent international initiatives include development and operations of theatres in the Hualien Hakka Tulou Buildings Humanities Center in Taiwan, and management of the Zorlu Performing Arts Center located in Istanbul and Turkey's largest theatre complex. In December 2014, Mr. Nederlander partnered with the Cuban National Council of the Performing Arts to produce and present in Havana the Broadway musical RENT, in Spanish with an all Cuban cast, the first Broadway musical to perform in Cuba in over 50 years.

Mr. Nederlander holds a degree in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Five Towns College.  Mr. Nederlander is a member of the Broadway League and Chairman of the Broadway League's Task Force on Developing Emerging International Markets, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and is a guest lecturer for Harvard University's China Public Policy Program.

 

NEW YORK

Geoff Cohen

General Manager

Geoff is a general manager having recently joined Nederlander Worldwide.  His recent work includes the interactive family entertainment Pip's Island (Rania Ajami); musicals Harlem Ladies Knittin' and Bitchin' Society (Roger Feuerman), Boynton Beach Club (Susan Seidelman, Ned Ginsburg, Michael Colby; Surflight Theatre 2019), Louis and Ella (Trent Armand Kendall), New York Stories (Cohen, Piccoli, Martins), American Twistory (York Theatre 2020); the modern dance company Shen Wei Dance Arts (international tours); managing the NY Recording Academy Honors (with Melissa Etheridge, Joshua Bell, Michael Bolton, NeYo, Samantha Barks, Joan Osborne, others); and a host of other projects and events.

Notable work includes Madison Square Garden / Radio City Entertainment, as Vice President and Producer for A Christmas Carol (Ockrent/Ahrens/Menken with Jim Dale, Roger Daltry, Hal Linden, Roddy MacDowell, Tim Curry) and The Wizard of Oz (NY and North American Tour with Roseanne, Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt), along with developmental projects Yo Alice with Maurice Hines and Cinderella with Paul Blake.  He also created the groundbreaking New York Musical Theatre Festival as its first Executive Producer; worked at Paper Mill Playhouse as General Manager for a decade of excellence and spent 5 years as General Manager at the George Street Playhouse; and served as Company Manager on the original production of Athol Fugard's MASTER HAROLD...and the boys. Geoff is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

 

Miranda Xu

Vice President

Miranda Xu is Vice President for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.  Since she joined the company in 2008, Miranda has been part of several large projects in the US, China and other international markets. From 2008 to 2009, she was involved in three Broadway Musicals touring in twelve cities in China including AIDA (2008), LUMA (2009) and FAME: The Musical (2009/10). Her work includes contracting, marketing and sponsorship seeking.

In 2009, she participated in the presentation of the first Chinese production on Broadway, Soul of Shaolin, which was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk that year. Miranda also took part in the marketing effort of several off-Broadway productions, including Viagra Falls (2010), Chix 6 (2011) and Broadway Rox (2012).

Miranda also works closely with the CEO and CFO on the theater acquisition and development in several international markets. She contributed to the creation and realization of Nederlander Worldwide's recent educational initiative The Cultural Trade and Industry Exchange Program which is a New York based Broadway training program for Chinese theater professionals.

Previously, Miranda worked on various film and television productions both in China and United States. For the award-winning CCTV television series Outsiders, Miranda served as associate executive producer. Miranda was the production associate for film The Exploding Girl which won a nomination to the Berlin Film Festival. Other working experience includes: Hairun Online Culture Film & Television Investment Ltd. (Marketing and Advertising associate), CCTV (production assistant), and Jiangsu TV (reporting intern). Miranda Xu holds a Master's Degree in Theater Arts Management from Miami University, a Master's Degree on Film Studies from Communication University of China, and Bachelor's degree in management from Beijing Broadcasting Institute.

 

Thom Schilling

Production Supervisor


Thom Schillling is the Production Supervisor for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.  Thom has been associated with the world of Broadway and Off-Broadway as General Manager, Stage Manager, Production Supervisor and Producer for over twenty-five years. His Broadway associations Include Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Alan Rickman, Tango Argentino, Tommy Tune's production of Stepping Out, Doubles, The American Dance Machine, Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, Shakespeare For My Father with Lynn Redgrave, Les Miserables, Fosse, Five Guys Named Moe, Miss Saigon and Sheri Lewis' Lambchop On Broadway. Off-Broadway includes Groovaloo, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, The Propert Known as Garland, How to Save the World..., Gorey Details, Bat Boy The Musical, The Prince And The Pauper, Silent Laughter, Viagara Falls, Groucho and Lea DeLaria's Virgin Mary, and Make Mine A Double. International and touring management includes Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchy Davis, Savion Glover, Grease (Brazil), Miss Saigon (Manila) and 42nd Street (China), The St. Petersburg Russian Ice Ballet, Peter Pan, 100 Years of Broadway, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The American Dance Machine.

 

CHINA

Toby Simkin

Vice President & Executive Producer

Toby Simkin is a prolific theatrical producer with extensive theatre operations experience worldwide - For over 20 years, having worked in 38 of the 40 Broadway theatres, a large number of West End theatres, and theaters in Canada, Australia, Europe and throughout Asia.
As Vice President & Executive Producer for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (since 1999), his production credits include the national tours of 42nd Street (China); Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA (China), LUMA (China), FAME (Chinese language production and English language tour), BATIRSpotlight BroadwayAn American Canteen in Paris and A Hot Minute (European tour with Celebrity); Matt & Ben (Atlanta); Savion Glover's Improvography I & II (Atlanta, New York and US tour)  and Classical Savion (New York) in addition to various theatre operations activities with many Off-Broadway and Broadway theatres in USA, China and Turkey.
Independent experiences include co-producing The Female of the Species (West End); Tony® Award winning I Am My Own Wife (West End, Broadway  and USA tour); Tony® Award winning Death of a Salesman (West End and Broadway); Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Dennehy in Tony® Award winning Long Day's Journey into Night (Broadway); Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in Tony® Award nominated The Crucible (Broadway) and Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria (Broadway).   As Vice President for Asia of TML Enterprises, Jekyll & Hyde (Taiwan tour) and The Rocky Horror Show (Korea, New Zealand, Singapore).   Other major production credits worldwide include Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in The 3 Tenors;  Blood Brothers (UK, Canada and Broadway); Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees (West End); The Shanghai Ballet's White Haired Girl; An award-winning internet pioneer, Toby is credited with leading the Broadway theatre industry into cyberspace in the early 1990s, plus marketing over 120 Broadway/Off-Broadway/West End shows and tours from Annie to West Side Story.

Mark Ma

Vice President & Shanghai Office General Manager

When Mark was on the post of the Vice General Manager of Shanghai Intersection of Time Culture Development Company, Mark was in charge of the promotion, sales and the company management of ERA- Intersection of Time - One of Shang Hai's most popular and successful circus performances. . It made the record of first Chinese show that performed on a daily basis, and 1,300 performances later, became the cultural image of Shanghai, and a miracle in Chinese live performance industry.

From 2003 to 2005, Mark was involved in the planning, production, promotion and marketing of over 70 shows from China and in other international markets. Mark has worked on such productions as: Mariah Carey's concert in Beijing and Shanghai, Whitney Huston's concert in Shanghai, Chicago Symphony Concert in Shanghai, Israel Symphony Concert in Shanghai, F4 Concert in Shanghai, Andy Lou Concert in Shanghai and Jacky Cheung Concert in Shanghai.  Mark also established the Vienna New Year Concert Season in Shanghai and Beijing, that went on to tour around China every year. As a senior performing arts planning and promotion professional, the marketing model he developed been set an example for presenters all over China.

After Mark joined the Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment team he aided in the future development and execution of the tour of AIDA in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo. In January of 2009, he helped to bring the first Chinese Broadway production of "Soul of Shaolin" to New York City.

 

 

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