Fran Kirmser is a two-time Tony Award winning producer. Fran co-produced the award-winning August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the last play and final chapter in an epic ten-play cycle by August Wilson, one of our nation’s greatest playwrights as well as Glenngary Glenn Rossstarring Al Pacino. She earned two Tony awards for the Broadway revivals of Hair (2008-09) and Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013-14).
In 2008, off the heels of the financial crash, Fran conceived and produced a sports series for stage to explore stories of leadership, competition, and teamwork. The Broadway sports trilogy includes Lombardi, Magic/Bird and Bronx Bombers. Lombardi,based on the iconic leader and NFL coach Vince Lombardiis currently being made into a feature film with Legendary Pictures. Fran serves as Executive Producer.
Fran teaches master classes in producing at Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University and at various universities across the country. Her passion is helping emerging artists produce and promote their work to stage. She is a Mom, author, and Tony Voter. www.FranKirmser.com
Christopher Burney is the Tony nominated Artistic Producer of New York’s Second Stage Theatre where he has worked since 1996. Of the over 100 productions he has shepherded at Second Stage: Tony-winning best musical Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and James Lapine, Notes from the Field and Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith and the upcoming musical Superhero by Tom Kitt and John Logan. As a champion of emerging artists, he has launched the careers of Rajiv Joseph, Leslye Headland, Michael Golamco, Kenneth Lin, Marisa Wegrzyn, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Brooke Berman, Adam Bock, amongst many others.
As an educator, he currently teaches at Columbia University in the graduate theater program. He has lectured at Kenyon College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, The Einhorn School for the Performing Arts and the Juilliard School.
Previously, he worked at Lincoln Center Theater as the Assistant to the Director of Musical Theatre where he worked with leading musical theater writers including Stephen Sondheim, Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
He has consulted for various organizations including the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, the Kesselring Prize, the Kurt Weill Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University, B.A., and Columbia University, M.F.A.