NELLE NUGENT (Producer) has won multiple awards for her work as a producer for theatre, film and television. Her impressive list of theatre credits alone includes some of the most successful plays on Broadway, including such Tony Award winners and nominees as "Amadeus," "The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby," "The Dresser," "Home", "Mass Appeal," "The Gin Game," starring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and "The Glass Menagerie" (also starring Jessica Tandy) “Time Stands Still”, "Stick Fly", "Ghetto Klown," “The Trip to Bountiful,” "Love Letters" and, most recently, "M. Butterfly" and "Latin History for Morons," conceived by and starring John Leguizamo.
In 1969, after a number of years working as a Production Stage Manager, Production Supervisor and then as a General Manager on Broadway, Ms. Nugent joined the Nederlander Organization as Associate Managing Director. It was a period during which Nederlander expanded its real estate holdings; it was Nugent's job to keep the theatres filled with attractions. Through Nugent's efforts, and together with Elizabeth McCann, Nederlander became a major producer of theatre and presenter of live concert events. One of Nugent's proudest accomplishments during this period was bringing the famed Negro Ensemble Company to Broadway, first with "The River Niger" by Douglas Turner Ward, which won the Tony for Best Play, and later with Leslie Lee's poignant "First Breeze of Summer", which was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award, and, later, “Home”, by Samm-Art Williams. It, too, was nominated for a Tony award. Other productions she supervised at Nederlander included "My Fat Friend", starring Lynn Redgrave and John Lithgow, and "London Assurance" and "Sherlock Holmes" with the Royal Shakespeare Company. All were successes.
During that period, Nelle Nugent formed strong alliances with other major international companies which were, as a result of her efforts, presented by Nederlander. Among them were The National Theatre of Great Britain, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, The Renaud-Barrault Company, The Kirov Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Martha Graham Company, The Joffrey Ballet, and every major American symphony orchestra. She also expanded Nederlander's presence in personal appearances and live music presentation by booking, literally, hundreds of live concerts annually by artists in such a diverse range as Elton John, B.B King, Jack Benny, David Bowie, Beverly Sills, David Bowie, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chicago, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Marilyn Horne, Ten Years After, Uriah Heep, The Beach Boys, Judy Collins and so on. She opened Nashville’s talent pool to the Nederlanders and presented the major artists of the day, among them Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, in major venues around the country.
In 1976, Ms. Nugent left Nederlander to form McCann & Nugent Productions, Inc., in partnership with Elizabeth I. McCann, who left the Nederlander Organization at the same time. Their first production, a revival of "Dracula", starring Frank Langella, was the mega-hit of the 1977-78 season and winner of that year's Tony Award for Best Revival. The production ran many seasons on Broadway and spawned numerous touring company productions.
Nugent and McCann went on to produce such other award winners and nominees as "Elephant Man," which won the Tony Award, the Drama Critics Award and the Obie Award; Tony Award- winner "Morning's At Seven"; Tony Award nominees "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Cyrano de Bergerac," starring Derek Jacobi which were presented in repertory; "Leader of the Pack," and "Home" which were also nominated for Tony Awards; and the off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Pacific Overtures," which received the Obie Award, as well as the Obie Award-winning production of "Painting Churches." They also produced "Rose" starring Glenda Jackson, "Piaf" for which Jane LaPotaire won the Best Actress Tony, and a dozen or so other revivals, dramas and imported attractions, such as The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "All's Well that Ends Well".
McCann & Nugent Productions, Inc. also provided the business management for certain Broadway and touring productions that it did not produce, such as "Sophisticated Ladies" which played the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas for more than one year, Beth Henley’s "Crimes of the Heart, Marsha Norman’s “‘Night, Mother”, and Robert Wilson’s “Curious George”, among others.
Ms. Nugent also set up three international tours of the Houston Grand Opera production of “Porgy and Bess”, two in the United States, Canada and Europe and one in the Far East. She also negotiated and produced a tour of “The Gin Game” starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy that opened in London and then played Moscow and St. Petersberg. The U.S.S.R tour was under the joint auspices of the U.S. State Department and Russia’s Gosconcert.
McCann & Nugent became consultants to the Rockefeller Foundation in the late 1970's. They prepared and presented an American music project for the Foundation. They also became the management consultants to The Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Inc., preparing budgets, organizing the administrative structure and creating the business plan for the two theatres. Two years later, at the request of the Board of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Inc., Nugent prepared and presented a white paper study of recommendations for the future of the Lincoln Center theatres.
In 1985, Nelle Nugent began working in film and television under successive term contracts with the Walt Disney Company, producing films for the Disney Sunday Movie, among others and a number of pilots for series. A few years later, Ms. Nugent went out on her own and formed Foxboro Productions, Inc. to produce original programming for both network and cable television. Among them were: "A Fighting Choice" starring Beau Bridges and Patrick Dempsey (ABC), "A Conspiracy of Love" starring Drew Barrymore and Robert Young (CBS), and, "Morning, Maggie", a filmed pilot for CBS starring Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Ellen Greene. Ms. Nugent also produced home videos of "Piaf" and "Morning's at Seven" and a video of the Pilobolus Dance Company.
In the mid-1980's, famed director/designer Robert Wilson commissioned Ms. Nugent to research and write a blueprint for THE CIVIL WARS project. Over a four month period, Nugent led a team of theatre production and business experts in preparing a comprehensive feasbility report to the Byrd Hoffman Foundation.
In 1990, Ms. Nugent expanded her company in a joint venture with Voyager Productions, Inc. forming Foxboro Entertainment, which produced movies-for-television including "A Free Soul" (TNT) and "The Final Verdict," starring Treat Williams and Glenn Ford (TNT). "The Final Verdict" garnered three CableACE Award nominations. Nugent also produced the independent feature film "Getting In", which was distributed by Trimark. "Getting In" stars Dave Chappelle, Andrew McCarthy, Kristy Swansen, Calista Flockhart, Matthew Perry and Christine Baranski. It was director Doug Liman's first feature film.
In l996 Ms. Nugent produced "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" for SHOWTIME. That film, adapted from a teleplay written in l960 by Rod Serling for live television, premiered in April, 1997. It stars Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elina Lowensohn, Charles Dance and Chad Lowe and was directed by Joan Micklin Silver. It was honored with the Silver Star at the Houston Film Festival and was shown at the Cologne and Karlovy Vary Film Festivals, out of competition.
In partnership with UNAPIX, a distribution company, The Foxboro Company formed Golden Fox Films, Inc, which produced independent feature films and high-end films for television. Golden Fox Films, Inc. produced "Jane Doe" starring Calista Flockhart and Elina Lowensohn. That film won Best Feature in the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
Ms. Nugent also produced a film for the USA/SCI FI Networks, which is based on another Rod Serling script, A TOWN HAS TURNED TO DUST. It was adapted and directed by award-winning independent film-maker Rob Nilsson. It stars Ron Perlman, Judy Collins and Stephen Lang. It won the Silver Star at the 1998 Worldfest.
Ms. Nugent and The Foxboro Company, Inc., together with Lionsgate Pictures and USA Networks produced AFTER THE STORM, from a screenplay by A. E. Hotchner based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It was shot on location in Belize, C.A. It stars Benjamin Bratt and Armand Assante; it was named Best Feature by the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2000. Best Feature at the AngelCiti Festival (Los Angeles) and won the Platinum Grand Prize at the Worldfest (Houston, 2001.) Ms. Nugent also produced an independent feature film of Athol Fugard’s play MASTER HAROLD….and The Boys in which Ving Rhames and Freddie Highmore star, shot on location in Cape Town, South Africa. Ms. Nugent also developed a series for HBO in partnership with Alicia Keys of the play STICK FLY which they produced on Broadway during the 2011-2012 season.
Elizabeth McCann and Nelle Nugent presented a new play by Michele Lowe, THE SMELL OF THE KILL, directed by Christopher Ashley at the Helen Hayes theatre in March, 2002. Ms. Nugent produced a revival of Larry Gelbart’s SLY FOX, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Eric Stoltz, which opened April 1, 2004 at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. She produced a new version of Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE in London’s West End and a new comedy by Barra Grant starring Olympia Dukakis in New York. She produced a new musical based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, which sold out its entire 12 week tryout engagement at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in August of 2008 and then completed an extended, 42 week, tour of the US and Canada during the 2010-2011 season, starring Melissa Gilbert, the series’ original “Laura”, now playing “Ma”. She also produced a Broadway revival of David Mamet’s classic AMERICAN BUFFALO starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer. Also in 2010-2011, she produced TIME STANDS STILL starring Laura Linney, Eric Bogosian, Alicia Silverstone (later Christina Ricci) and Brian d’Arcy James, which was nominated for a Best Play Tony. In the 2010 season, she produced GHETTO KLOWN, John Leguizamo’s one-man play and also STICK FLY in partnership with Alicia Keys.
From time to time, Nelle Nugent has lectured at colleges and other institutions of higher learning on film and theatre, including NYU, Skidmore College, The University of California at San Diego, The University of Colorado, The University of Wisconsin at Madison, Syracuse University and The Business School at Harvard University. For a number of years she also taught a post- graduate course in the business of film production at NYU where she was an Assistant Professor.
Ms. Nugent was a long-time board member of The American Women's Economic Development Corporation (AWED), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching women business skills. She is the founding Co-Chair of the Producers Guild of America, East, and she served on the Executive Committee. She is a long-time member of The Broadway League, serving on the Diversity Committee. Her hobbies are cooking, gardening, traveling, sailing and listening to opera. She lives in New York City, with her husband, Jolyon Fox Stern, President and CEO of DeWitt Stern Group an insurance brokerage firm founded by his grandfather in 1899. They have a daughter named Alexandra.
Currently, The Foxboro Company is preparing a national tour of John Leguizamo's LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS.
KENNETH TEATON (Producer) is an award-winning film and television producer. His recent Broadway theatre credits are "M. Butterfly," "Latin History for Morons," "Love Letters," "The Trip to Bountiful" (Tony Award Nominee), "Stick Fly", "Ghetto Klown", "Time Stands Still", "American Buffalo" and the national tour of "Little House on the Prairie". He serves on the board of Amas Musical Theatre. He also served as a consultant to NYC's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, and as Executive Producer of the 2018 SDC "Mr. Abbott" Awards.
BRADLEY MICHALAKIS (Development Associate) is a producer and director. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2016, Bradley has worked at Delaware REP, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, The Acting Company, and Theater For A New Audience. Bradley also produces live music and comedy events with Brooklyn based production company Loop Troupe.