Melissa is currently Managing Director for Camp Broadway, LLC based in New York City. Camp Broadway is currently celebrating 20 years as Broadway’s original destination for theater-loving kids, offering signature musical theater and special event programming in New York City and 13 partner cities throughout the United States, as well as collaborations with international partners in Honduras, Portugal and Korea. She oversees all administrative and creative staff as well as manages and implements operations for programming and events in all locations.
Melissa’s work in colleges and universities includes her current position as Industry Coordinator at The New York Institute of Technology’s master’s degree program, Leadership in Arts and Entertainment, where she contributes to curriculum, connecting students to the leaders in theater, dance and music in New York City. For six years she served as Technical Director for the Dance Department at Sarah Lawrence College where she taught stage management to under-graduate and graduate students. In her fifth year of service she was given a citation from the president’s office for special contribution to the dance department. She has also been invited to be a guest speaker at Yale University and Columbia University addressing stage management students.
Melissa served as Production Manager for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment where she oversaw the company’s booking and presentation of Broadway shows throughout China, including the 10-city tour of AIDA (2008), FAME: The Musical (2009) and LUMA (2009). She led the development of the inaugural session of the Cultural Trade and Industry Exchange Program; a training session for Chinese arts managers and cultural government officials in the best practices of commercial theater in the United States.
Melissa toured extensively in the United States and throughout the world as a Stage Manager and Production Manager for several major American dance companies including New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Baryshnikov Productions, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Boston Ballet, among others. Theater credits include Lincoln Center Institute, Lincoln Center Festival and North Shore Music Theater.
Additionally, she served as General Manager for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Booking Manager for Pentacle, Danceworks Inc. (an arts service organization), Managing Producer for Shen Wei Dance Arts as well as Production Consultant for Morphoses: The Wheeldon Company.
Melissa is a proud alumni of Emerson College, Boston, MA graduating with a BFA in Production Management.
Nancy Nagel Gibbs
When New Yorkers are looking for the latest on the city’s vibrant theater scene, they turn to NY1 theater correspondent and host of “On Stage,” Frank DiLella. A resident of the Upper West Side and native of Philly, Frank attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center and has returned to his alma mater as a professor.
Frank began his time at NY1 in 2004 as an intern for “On Stage.” After stints on the assignment desk and as a producer, Frank got his big break during the Broadway stagehand strike of 2007 where he was asked to lead NY1’s coverage. Frank continued to appear on camera on “On Stage” through 2016, eventually taking over as host in 2017. Frank and his team were awarded an Emmy for best news magazine program in 2018.
When not reporting on the entertainment community, Frank spends time trying new restaurants and traveling with friends. But no matter where his journey takes him, things seem to always lead back to the bright lights of Broadway.
For 30 years, Susan E. Lee has been an innovator and an industry leader working with many theatrical producing companies and non-profit arts organizations. She introduced Camp Broadway LLC in 1995 and has since managed the brand, business and program development. In addition to her role as founder and managing member of the company, she is the Chief Marketing Officer for The Nederlander Producing Company of America, where she oversees new business partnerships and marketing. Since joining the company she successfully developed and launched Audience Rewards, now the official loyalty program for Broadway; The National High School Musical Theatre Awards aka The Jimmy’s Awards, named in honor of James M. Nederlander; and InTheatre Network, which is now operating across all Broadway theatres. Prior to joining The Nederlander Organization, Susan oversaw the development of new business strategies and marketing services for Serino Coyne, Inc., the largest full-service agency in the live entertainment industry. Under her leadership, the agency expanded services to include Internet marketing, sponsorship sales, media promotions and cultural tourism.
Susan has also represented a portfolio of theatrical properties for sponsorship and product placement. She developed and implemented the marketing partnership between Visa and the Tony® Award-winning musical Movin’ Out on Broadway. Following a successful partnership in New York, Visa became the title sponsor of the national tour of Movin’ Out, which was supported by the largest integrated marketing campaign in theatrical history. While at Serino Coyne, Susan also launched Tuesday’s at 7 and Season of Savings, Broadways largest industry-wide cooperative consumer outreach initiative, which has generated over 50 million dollars in ticket sales since 2000.
Working in partnership with Sound Associates, Susan also successfully introduced ShowTrans® on Broadway in 1996. ShowTrans is an assistive technology that provides multi-lingual audio commentary for non-English speaking audiences. ShowTrans is operating at The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia and others. Susan helped introduce sponsorship marketing to Broadway during her tenure as Director of Marketing at The League of American Theatres and Producers, where she launched Broadway on Broadway, The Broadway Line and, most notably, Celebrate Broadway: The 100th Anniversary of Broadway in Times Square. Prior to joining The League, Susan was the national press representative for YulBrynner’s Farewell Tour of The King and I, Arsenic and Old Lace starring Jean Stapleton, and Macbeth starring Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer. She is a member of The Association of Press Agents and Managers.
Tim Federle is an award-winning writer whose works include the New York Times Notable Books The Great American Whatever and Better Nate Than Ever, the global bestseller Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. Tim has penned columns for the New York Times and been profiled in Atlantic Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the New YorkTimes, and CNN. Upcoming projects include Life is Like a Musical, which is basically Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, with jazz hands. A native of San Francisco who grew up in Pittsburgh, Tim now divides his time between New York City and the internet. You can’t tell, but he’s waving at you right now.
EVA PRICE is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts. She is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors and was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Most recently, she has joined as a creative advisor to Killer Content and Abigail Disney’s new studio venture Level Forward, which aims to champion works by women and people of color. Current and notable productions include: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.); Angels in America (Broadway revival starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield); Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards); On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan); Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth); as well as several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops; Kathy Griffin; Lewis Black; and Hershey Felder. Recent Off-Broadway projects include Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience (le Poisson Rouge); the Drama Desk-nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company); Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk winner, Off-West End winner for Best Musical); and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds. International and Touring Credits include: The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow; The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical; Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan); The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNEWS.COM.