Jan 10, 2018
Tom Gabbard is president and CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts
in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Blumenthal manages six
performance stages and hosts over a 1000 performances
annually. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the
Broadway League and a Tony Award voter. He is a recipient of
the Samuel J. L'Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Presenter Management. Tom serves as President of the
Independent Presenters Network, a consortium of 40 leading touring
Broadway in North America, Asia and the United Kingdom. He was
the founding managing director of Pepperdine University's Center
for the Arts, and the executive director of the Arvada Center for
the Arts and Humanities in Colorado and the Weidner Center for the
Performing Arts in Wisconsin. Tom holds a B.A. in Music
Performance from Pepperdine University and M.B.A. in Arts
Management from Golden Gate University.
This episode is
perfect for anyone interested in presenting shows to transform
people and place.
IN THIS EPISODE
- om shares what comes to mind when he thinks of Blumenthal
- He discusses what is less
known about the Blumenthal and how it differs from other performing
- He outlines the three elements of the Blumenthal mission, what
the 25th year anniversary is about strategically, and what big
ideas have to do with it.
- He reveals how his time is divided as a CEO and where he
devotes his focus.
- He explains what a producer actually does and the shows he has
produced and co-produced
- Tom explains why he funds the creation of new work and what
informs the planning and scheduling of a season.
- He discusses whether his personal taste drives the curation of
programming and whether he has a responsibility to respond to the
times in which we live.
- He references Kinky Boots, Breakin' Convention, Spring
Awakening and Rent.
- He explains why he did not show the Pulitzer-award winning
play August: Osage County.
- He talks about whether we are in a golden age of Broadway and
co-producing Dear Evan Hansen and The
- Tom addresses perfectionist tendencies and mustering courage to
- He describes growing up in San Jose and how being a 'child of
the sixties' influences him today.
- He shares a pivotal moment in 4th grade and what developed of
his aesthetic taste.
- He answers whether he would leave Charlotte for New York or
- Tom reveals the best part of what he does.
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word
that begins this way, "Beauty. War. Religion. Love. Loss. Life.
Death. Redemption. The human condition, in all its wonder, is
at the heart of the arts and humanities..."
To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning.