TDF Welcomes Michael Naumann as Managing Director

By Kenneth Jones
29 Mar 2011

Michael Naumann
Michael Naumann

Michael Naumann is joining Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, as managing director.

Naumann leaves his position of director of finance at Frankel Green Theatrical Management (FGTM) to join TDF. Prior to his FGTM post, Naumann served for 20 years as director of finance and administration at Manhattan Theatre Club. He will assume his duties at TDF on May 9.

Earl D. Weiner, TDF's chairman of the board, said in a statement, "We are pleased to have Michael join us as TDF's managing director. He brings us decades of experience and is respected by a large network of colleagues and friends in the business. His passion for TDF's mission will serve us well as we work to expand audiences for theatre and dance and provide support to productions in New York City."

TDF executive director Victoria Bailey said, "The position requires a person with strong managerial skills who understands the commercial theatre and both large and small not-for-profit organizations, as well as the role of the not-for-profit service organization. Michael's broad experience has given him the skills and perspective to amply meet these requirements."



Naumann hails from St. Louis, MO. He has served as the director of finance from 2005 to the present at Richard Frankel Productions (RFP) and Frankel Green Theatrical Management (FGTM) where he oversaw productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour, including A Little Night Music, Burn the Floor, Gypsy, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Stomp, Sweeney Todd and Young Frankenstein.

As director of finance and administration at Manhattan Theatre Club from 1985–2005, he directed the financial staff for all of the not-for-profit's Broadway and Off-Broadway ventures, developed and maintained long-range financial planning for the organization, which has an annual budget of $18 million, and he worked on the $40 million capital project to restore the historically landmarked Biltmore Theatre and establish an endowment fund.

Additionally, since 1995 he has taught workshops for the Alliance of Resident Theatre/New York (ART/NY) on budgeting, cash flow and business office systems and has been an adjunct assistant professor in the theatre division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University since 2001.

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Theatre Development Fund's programs have filled over 78 million seats at discount prices (with theatre lovers who would normally not be able to attend live performance) and returned nearly two billion dollars in revenue to thousands of theatre, dance and music productions.

Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF's membership, voucher, access and education programs as well as its Costume Collection, "help to make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone."

For more, visit tdf.org.