Mission
NewYorkRep is dedicated to producing innovative new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change.

Recent recognition

*Outer Critics Circle Award nomination ‘New American Play”
*Off-West End award nomination ‘Best Production”
*Top 10 productions of the year - Bergen Record
 

Gayle Damiano Waxenberg (Executive Director)

Markus Potter (Producing Artistic Director)

Markus is a New York based Director and proud SDC member who works around the country and abroad. He recently directed the off-Broadway production of Stalking The Bogeyman, which received a New York Timers Critics Pick and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. His work at other theatre’s include The Portland Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, and London’s Southwark Playhouse, where he received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction.

As an actor, he worked at the Guthrie, Denver Center, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, The American Conservatory Theatre and many more. As commercial producer, he helped bring the Arena Stage production of The Velocity Of Autumn by Eric Coble to Broadway. The production stared Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress.
Markus received his MFA from Columbia University in 2003, where he worked intimately with Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater for many years. He is currently adjunct professor of Directing and Acting at Adelphi University’s BFA program, and mentor to the MFA playwrights at The New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Having long been inspired by to tell stories that hit him in the gut, plays and musicals that have social, ethical, and political relevance, work that is complicated, curious, and provocative; work that makes us experience joy; stories that reveal truths about the universe; stories that expose the travesty and beauty of humankind; stories that promote empathy, compassion, and help us better understand the human condition, led Markus to create NewYorkRep with Gayle Waxenberg.

He is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was raised by his mother who emigrated from Germany, and his step-father, a civil rights activist who was among the first African Americans to serve in the Marines, and was recently presented the Congressional Gold Metal “outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marines.”

Markus lives with his wife and children in Manhattan.

Gayle’s career began on Wall Street where she managed the marketing and corporate communications for a premiere investment bank. During her 11 years there, she won a multitude of awards for the creative and strategic campaigns she directed. She later started her own marketing consulting firm, Waxenberg & Associates, working with advertising, public relations and direct marketing firms servicing the financial industry.   A born advocate, she left the for-profit sector and committed her self to raising awareness for those less fortunate. Combining her extensive business experience and philanthropic work, she began giving “voice” to the different communities she served, and continues to serve; domestic abuse victims, hospice patients, substance abuse victims, immigrants, at-risk children and mental health patients. Gayle has been repeatedly honored for her service by the organizations she serves.

Recognizing the power of the stories she captured, she launched the Telling Company in 2012 as a forum for telling real-life stories influencing social change through art.  She has now brought The Telling Company to NewYorkRep becoming a founding member with Markus Potter.

Her first play, A Bitter Pill, premiered in 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater, as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival. Gayle also produced the mulit-award winning film Influence, and the London production of Stalking the Bogeyman, which received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction. Produced readings included Ben Elton’s Olivier award winning play, Popcorn, starring Sharon Stone and Stacey Keach. She is proud to have launched and produced a community based program of readings, Thought Bubbles, to bring new theatrical work free to people who may not otherwise have access.

Gayle is also a Founder/Past President and currently a Board Member of The Graham School Education Foundation, which serves New York City’s most at-risk, underserved children, a Board Member of Danza Espanza, The American Spanish Dance Theater, and was an elected official.   She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Resources Unlimited and a member of the League of Professional T

Our Team

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SHARON AXELROD

FINANCE

Sharon has been providing financial management services through her company Vantage Financial Management (VFM) for the past 25 years. She has her MBA in Finance from NYU and worked as a business manager for several small businesses. VFM provides professional bookkeeping services to a wide variety of clients in NYC and Westchester County, with the goal to help businesses keep their records simple and organized so that they can focus on generating business and improving cash flow.

MINDY BAKER

CPA, SOBEL & CO.

Sobel & Co. is a regional certified public accounting and consulting firm that is passionately committed to serving middle market families in business and nonprofit organizations, listening to them and assessing their specific situation while applying our skills and capabilities to provide the technical services and relevant resources that lead to smart solutions. Mindy Baker manages the TTC relationship with Sobel & Co. 

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GENERAL MANAGER

Michael has worked on the Broadway and touring companies of Amazing Grace, Matilda, Evita, Chaplin, American Idiot, Billy Elliot, and Bonnie & Clyde. Additional credits Signature Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Berkshire Theater Festival. Developmental projects have included Mozart l’Opera Rock, Up Here, Kung Fu, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Kingdom City. 

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DR. BONNIE FENSTER

GRANT DEVELOPMENT/FUNDRAISING

Dr. Bonnie Finster has 30 years of experience in developing and evaluating evidence–based behavioral health programs to reduce risk behaviors during adolescence. Dr. Fenster has also written numerous grants for non-profit organizations to help fund and research both school and community initiatives for youth. Holding a Ph.D in Psychology, Bonnie is presently a consultant with interests in health promotion and wellness. She is a fierce advocate of de-stigmatizing mental illness and addiction.

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Jacob Gunter

MARKETING INTERN

A recent graduate of Temple University excited to get out into the world and make a difference. Diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, Ulcerative Colitis, and Arthritis, has not slowed him down from achieving his goals. If there is a movie out there, he has most likely seen it, and if there are sports on tv he is most likely watching it. Through all of the craziness, the best part of his days involve him lounging around with his puppy, Bailey.

Hofstetter + Partners

MARKETING AGENCY

A growing, mid-size independent marketing and advertising agency of passionate thinking, spirited ideas, and relentless problem-solving. We are big enough to deliver. Small enough to think on our feet. Smart enough to one-up our success. Every time. Credits include Silence The Musical, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Lady Day, Stuffed and Unstrung, Evil Dead The Musical, Long Story Short.

JTPR

PRESS/PUBLICITY

As a public relations company, JTPR believes in straight forward, honest and open communication with their clients and the media. We strive to create strategic, pro-active campaigns that enhances our client’s brand, while reaching their target audiences. Highlights have included the first multi-racial production on Broadway of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre, the long running Off-Broadway hit The Gazillion Bubble Show and recent musicals including CLINTON: The Musical, Bedbugs!!! and Blank, The Musical.

HEATHER McVEIGH

FUNDRAISING AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Heather has been involved in Fundraising, Special Events and Development of not-for-profit organizations for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a volunteer on several other boards in New York City including Graham Windham, a childcare agency which serves some of our most troubled and at-risk youth, as well as Danza Espana, a flamenco dance company. In addition, she has recently started a new endeavor, Angel Wings Parties & Events. 

PROSKAUER ROSE LLP

LEGAL COUNSEL

Proskauer Rose LLP founded in 1875, is a global law firm providing a wide variety of legal services to clients. The firm has wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law. Partner Jay Waxenberg manages the TTC relationship with Proskauer. 

MARK ROZZANO

ARTISTIC PRODUCER

Mark was an Associate Producer of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Mark also produced the musical Leader of the Pack and the play 84 Charing Cross Road on tour in England. Extensive management credits include the LA run of The Phantom of the Opera, and Follies. Directing credits include Joseph… and Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest. Currently, Mark is managing the legendary Jerry Lewis in his live performances around the world, and is an Associate Producer of Jerry’s recently completed film Max Rose.

JENNIFER SUNSHINE

FUNDRAISING/DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Jennifer is a born Brooklynite with a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and opera studies from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Jennifer’s performance background led her to pursue a career in advocating for the arts where she began fundraising in the individual giving department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Jennifer has worked in multiple arts’ institutions, including her current position at Second Stage Theater, and volunteers her time at the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Officers

Gayle D. Waxenberg, President/Executive Director
Michael Bergmann, Vice-President/Artistic Advisor
Heather McVeigh, Secretary
Sharon Axelrod, Treasurer

 

Honorary

Jerry Lewis

 

Members

Julie Auster
Debbie Brandel
Tammy Buren
Bill Hofstetter
Araxi Macaulay
Gideon Rothschild
Sheri Tarr

 

 

Advisory Board

Jim Lawson
Susan L. Schulman