Gary

About Gary Blackman

Gary Blackman (Producer and Co-Founder of ArtsPower) co-founded ArtsPower in 1985 with his identical twin brother, Mark. In 1989, they became an Actors’ Equity Association producer of musicals and dramas. Today, Gary serves as ArtsPower’s managing director. Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia College, Columbia University and earned a Master’s degree in Music Education from the School of Music at Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Gary, his wife Amy, and their daughter Emma live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

I WANNA BE A PRODUCER

“I wanna be a producer.
With a hit show on Broadway
I wanna be a producer
Lunch at Sardi’s every day.”

– Mel Brooks
“The Producers”

I admit it. I’m a theatre geek. I’ve wanted to be a producer for as long as I can remember. Sadly, I’ve never had lunch at Sardi’s.

By the time my identical twin brother Mark and I were 17 years old, we […]

By | November 19th, 2018|

Gary Blackman Receives Life Achievement Award

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre began in 1985 as a grassroots production company in South Florida, primarily serving small arts communities in the South.Today, the Cedar Grove-based, nonprofit organization, tours nine productions annually nationwide. On average, a new show is added each year.The family-based productions, primarily musicals, have been staged in every state but Hawaii, according to founding co-directors Gary and Mark Blackman. It’s a highly competitive market that caters to first-run performing arts centers, along with university and school auditoriums.

By | November 6th, 2018|

ArtsPower Podcast Episode #1 – Laurie Hymes

ArtsPower’s premiere podcast features ArtsPower alumna Laurie Hymes. Laurie’s work with ArtsPower includes the national tours of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and Anastasia Krupnik, as well as the workshops of Harry the Dirty Dog and Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown. Currently, Laurie’s voice can be heard on numerous animated series and features including three seasons on “Pokemon,” “Yu-Gi-Oh! […]

By | March 9th, 2018|

ArtsPower Interviews Alyssa Satin Capucilli, the Best Selling Author of BISCUIT

NEW YORK CITY – Alyssa Satin Capucilli, the author of the iconic series of BISCUIT books for young children, attended the dress rehearsal of ArtsPower’s musical BISCUIT on October 1st at NOLA Studios in New York City. Alyssa’s BISCUIT books have sold more than 23 million copies throughout the world. The second national tour of ArtsPower’s musical BISCUIT, which will feature performances in regional theatres, […]

By | November 20th, 2017|

ArtsPower’s Founding Co-Director Lives a Dream

NEW YORK CITY – Mark Blackman, ArtsPower’s Founding Co-Director, performed in the pit orchestra of Broadway’s HELLO DOLLY on Saturday evening, November 11th. He played the Reed 1 book (piccolo, flute, alto saxophone, and clarinet) as a substitute for Steve Kenyon, the talented, multi-reeds performer and Broadway pit orchestra veteran. “About a year […]

By | November 20th, 2017|

ArtsPower’s Rich DeRosa Guest Conducts Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

NEW YORK CITY – On November 9, 10, and 11, Rich DeRosa, the Grammy-nominated composer who has written and arranged the scores to twenty-nine ArtsPower musicals and dramas, was a guest conductor for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in performance of the five special pieces he had arranged in honor of Leonard’s Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration.

The performances took place in […]

By | November 20th, 2017|

ArtsPower Takes Family Shows on Road

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre began in 1985 as a grassroots production company in South Florida, primarily serving small arts communities in the South.Today, the Cedar Grove-based, nonprofit organization, tours nine productions annually nationwide. On average, a new show is added each year.The family-based productions, primarily musicals, have been staged in every state but Hawaii, according to founding co-directors Gary and Mark Blackman. It’s a highly competitive market that caters to first-run performing arts centers, along with university and school auditoriums.

By | September 20th, 2017|

New Promotional Video: Anne of Green Gables

June 2017: ArtsPower’s Anne of Green Gables, one of our most popular musicals originally produced in 1993, recently completed its national tour. Between March 20th and June 11th, the wonderfully talented cast of Jocelyn Lonquist (Anne), Christine Corsaro (Marilla Cuthbert), Amanda Popielarz (Rachel Lynde), and Adam Moshbach (Matthew Cuthbert). Shelby Glasgow was the cast’s stage manager. The show presented performances in 30 theatres throughout 12 […]

By | June 21st, 2017|

New Promotional Video: The Monster Who Ate My Peas

May 2017: ArtsPower’s The Monster Who Ate My Peas, based on the book by Danny Schnitzlein, had a successful 12-state tour this past spring that featured the dynamic cast of Leigh Akin (Mom),  Henry DuRocher (Dad), Jamie Dillon Grossman (Ralph), and  Missy Michael Jamieson (Danny). Allen B. Wheaton served as the cast’s stage manager.

By | May 21st, 2017|