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ISBN-13: 978-1581156461 ISBN-10: 1581156464

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581156464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581156461
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The profiles function as living history, cautionary tales and inspiring object lessons on how real people flawed, gifted, and driven­ turned money into magic.” (David Lefkowitz, founder, TotalTheater.com, and co-publisher, Performing Arts Insider ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Iris Dorbian is an arts journalist and former editor of Stage Directions magazine. A former actress and a member of the American Theater Critics Association and the Drama Desk, she lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia T. on August 1, 2008
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If you love theater, or are interested in producing, this book is a must-read. Each chapter deals with a different producer's life and career, and Dorbian captures not only the essence of each person, but also why they are so good at what they do. It includes lots of sage advice to anyone considering mounting a show, no matter how big or small the production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 9, 2008
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A good performing troupe is only as good as its weakest link, and a weak producer will sour it more than anything. "Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater" is a guide to effectively producing live theater. With advice from many of the best producers in American theater today, it acts as both a set of tips for aspiring producers and a look backstage for fans. "Great Producers" is a highly recommended book with a dual appeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MissWisc on December 26, 2009
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By providing a brief biography of numerous Broadway producers, this book teaches the who and how of new shows in the for-profit theatre. The candor of the producers along with their personal experiences makes this book enlightening and entertaining. If you're interested in being a producer, or just want to know how it's done, this is required reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gift Giver on December 7, 2008
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Great read and/or gift for those that love the theater, the rich history of the art and the people that made the magic happen.
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More About the Author

Iris Dorbian is a business journalist/blogger who covers a wide range of topics that include small business, media, private equity/venture capital and theater/the arts. Once upon a time before journalism school beckoned, she was a struggling actress. Then she got hit with a thunderbolt of good sense and made the decision to apply to Columbia's journalism school. Thankfully, they took her and she never looked back. Yeah!

Among the outlets she's written for are Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Venture Capital Journal, DMNews, Playbill, Backstage, Theatermania, Media Industry Newsletter, PRNews and Stage Directions (where she served as editor-in-chief for eight years). She is the author of "Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater," which was published by Allworth Press in August 2008 and "Love, Loss and Longing in the Age of Reagan: Diary of a Mad Club Girl," which was published by Tablo in February 2015. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Gothesque Magazine and Jewish Literary Journal.



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