Tom Smedes has been selected as the 2018 Broadway Global Producer of the Year.
Smedes, who is co-producing the forthcoming Broadway musical The Prom, served as a producer for the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Pippin and received Tony nominations for the productions of Farinelli and the King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Visit, Mothers and Sons, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Next Fall.
Broadway Global honors investors in live stage works who inspire and teach respect for cultures, embrace diversity, and educate on issues in our global society. All winners must be accessible on social media; leave a legacy of live stage works that inspires respect, embraces diversity, and brings nations together; and give back to not-for-profits that make our society a better world for all, sharing their time and efforts in charity work.
Each winner is presented with the Producer's Puzzle, an original work of art created by artist Steve Marshall, an American magician living in Japan.
Last year's winner, Catherine Schreiber (Angels in America, Pretty Woman, The Play That Goes Wrong), said in a statement, "There isn't a more deserving person than Tom Smedes. His commitment to important works of theatre, works that shed light on the human condition and his generous spirit in educating others about theatre, make him a truly worthy winner."
Previous winners include Cathy Rigby McCoy and Tom McCoy (2016: McCoy-Rigby Entertainment), Michael A. Alden (2015: Pippin, Porgy & Bess, An American in Paris), Tom Kirdahy (2014: Mothers and Sons, It’s Only a Play), Dale Badway (2013: Pippin), and Jordan Scott Gilbert (2012: Ghost).
Richard Cameron and director-choreographer Ron Hutchins founded Broadway Global in 2009. For more information, visit BroadwayGlobal.org.