The Gatchell & Neufeld Manager Grant honors R. Tyler Gatchell, Jr. and Peter Neufeld, who were Broadway producers and managers and served as mentors to many people working in the Broadway community. This is the third year of an annual grant to assist a working promising manager further his or her career. The grant will be awarded before the end of the year. We encourage applications from everyone who meets the criteria and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
Applicants should submit the following to gatchellandneufeldmanagergrant
1. A letter, not to exceed two pages, explaining why you are interested in pursuing a career as a Broadway manager. Please address what you see as your potential and what you have done to date in the business. The letter should include contact information.
2. One recommendation from a professional colleague who can speak to your work to date. (Recommendation form attached.) Please note that members of the grant selection committee may not write recommendations.
The recipient should:
1. Be currently working with a theater owner, general manager, or producer on Broadway, pre-Broadway, or touring Broadway productions.
2. Have passion and commitment to the industry and the people working in it.
3. Be aware of industry trends and long-term challenges.
4. Be committed to personal growth and professional development.
5. Be able to integrate personal and professional goals.
NOTE: The recipient may be a member of the ATPAM apprentice program but this is not a requirement.
The 2017 selection committee consists of Charlotte St. Martin, Nick Kaledin, Jeff Wilson, Florie Seery, and Stephen Bogardus and the recipient of last year’s award. Deliberations will take place this fall and may involve an interview.
Applicants from last year who did not receive the award are encouraged to re-submit.
The theatrical general management firm of Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd. was founded by R. Tyler Gatchell, Jr. and Peter Neufeld in 1971. The two company managers met while both were working for the producing and management company Allentuck, Azenberg and Wolsk. The decision to strike out on their own, made over lunch at Nathan’s in Times Square, was not an easy one given the competition at the time. The early success of No No Nanette starring Ruby Keeler, Helen Gallagher and Jack Gilford in 1971 was soon followed by Jesus Christ Superstar. In the mid ‘70’s they produced their first Broadway play, Murder Among Friends, which closed after 17 performances and left them with a stack of unpaid bills. Peter took a job as company manager of the National Tour of A Chorus Line in LA and sent checks back to New York so Tyler could keep the office lights on. After nearly a year on the West Coast, Peter rejoined Tyler in New York to general manage a new musical called ANNIE and the lights never went off. A series of shows composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber which the firm managed soon followed: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Song and Dance, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita and CATS. The original production of Sweeney Todd was a highlight as well as the plays Talley’s Folly, Hurly Burly, Precious Sons, Lettuce and Lovage, and Shirley Valentine. The musicals Crazy For You and Chess, among others, and the multiple touring companies of so many of the productions they managed guaranteed the stability the two men always doubted they could achieve. Tyler died of a heart attack in 1993 running to a plane at JFK to attend the London opening of Sunset Boulevard. Peter closed the office nine months later to concentrate on AIDS activism and service through Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids which he continued to do for over two decades until Parkinson’s disease made that impossible. In addition to an impressive portfolio of expertly managed Broadway productions, Peter and Tyler were extremely nurturing of young people starting out on Broadway. Many of those who came through their doors have gone on to become producers, general managers and agents on Broadway and in theaters across the country. They were loved by many.
This grant is hosted by The Broadway League Foundation, Inc.