Bio of Robyn Goodman – David Eisenband

Robyn Goodman

Robyn Goodman is a producer in
various genres, including musical and non-musical theater, Broadway and
off-Broadway, as well as television. 
Recent productions include In the Heights and Avenue Q,
both of which won Tony awards for best musical. 
Metamorphoses, a play adapted from Ovid’s classic narrative poem,
won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. 
Other theatrical productions include Barefoot in the Park, Bat
Boy: The Musical
, and Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tick,
tick…BOOM!

Prior to producing these
performances, Goodman co-founded and served as artistic director for Second
Stage Theatre.  According to the
theatre’s website, Second Stage attempts “to give 'second stagings' to
contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to
scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs.”  After working at Second Stage for thirteen
seasons, Goodman spent four years as supervising producer of ABC’s soap opera One
Life to Live
.  She then spent two
seasons as director of artistic development at Manhattan Theatre Club, and
later created her own production company called Aged In Wood.

In 2005, Goodman was quoted the
New York Times article, “Why Female Directors are Broadway’s
Smallest.”  The article reported that in
2004, 2 out of 34 Broadway productions were directed by women, and in 2005 the
numbers were 3 out of 39.  In the face of these facts, Goodman reported that a
larger percentage of females had been directing off-Broadway performances,
which, she pointed out, are the breeding ground of new, reliable actors and
actresses.  She added, “Maybe the
question should be 'Why aren't more men directing the top grossing shows on
Broadway?' Of the five top earners, three of them are directed by women: 'The
Lion King' (Julie Taymor), 'Mamma Mia!' (Phyllida Lloyd) and 'The Producers'
(Susan Stroman).”
   

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