Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great speakers. This show is taped and broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC). Host Randy Cohen will be interviewing Todd HAIMES, the Artistic Director/CEO of Roundabout Theatre Company.
Todd joined Roundabout as the Executive Director at the age of 26. From 1983 to 1990, he served in that position, overseeing the company’s finances, marketing and fundraising. Mr. Haimes has been the Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company since July 1, 1990, and he became the Artistic Director and CEO in 2015. Haimes now sits at the helm of a virtual theatre empire that includes three Broadway theatres (including the American Airlines Theatre and the Stephen Sondheim), an Off-Broadway house (the Laura Pels), and another black box in the basement of the Pels, Roundabout Underground. Prior to joining RTC, Mr. Haimes held positions at Westport Country Playhouse and the Hartman Theatre. He is the former president and currently serves on the board of ART/NY. Mr. Haimes has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Yale University. He has taught Theatre Administration in the Graduate Program at the Yale School of Drama and the Graduate Theatre Administration Program at Brooklyn College. Haimes was honored with a portrait at Sardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book (an optimistic formulation) is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.
Big Mamou to Perform Throughout the Evening.
Big Mamou was formed in what could be described as a cosmic Cajun and country collision, smack in the middle of Montclair, NJ. While being dragged by her “har” through the Lincoln Tunnel in search of bluer skies, Sopranos and more square footage, country singer Julianne Ausum Fenhagen with brute husband/upright bassist Jim Fenhagen heard a bellowing lonesome strain of the bayou and stumbled upon a tall skinny guy in a big hat playing sweet, soulful accordion … none other than Cajun aficionado, John Sherman. Big Mamou was born.