The historic Drama Desk and filmmaker Michael Stever are working together to highlight theater’s artistic excellence via an annual series of panels and forums. Created and moderated by Drama Desk members, theater editors and/or journalists chosen for their erudition and theatrical experience, these panels offer audiences a chance to listen to producers, directors, actors, and other artists discuss their work. The Drama Desk was formed in 1949 by a small group of New York theater critics, editors, reporters and publisher.


Join Elysa Gardner as she moderates this fascinating Drama Desk panel discussion, “It’s A Hard Act To Follow,” featuring talented theatre professionals discussing the benefits and pitfalls of playing some of theater’s most notable roles. Joining Elysa are Michael McKean, Lynne Meadow, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish and Blair Underwood. The panel took place at New York City’s historic Sardi’s restaurant on March 30, 2012.


Created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater, Drama Desk was formed in 1949 by a small group of New York theatre critics, editors, reporters and publishers. Today more than 130 critics, reporters, writers and editors vote on the awards. Drama Desk is helmed by president Isa Goldberg and chairperson of the nominating committee, Barbara Siegel.


Michael Stever has worked in/around New York City as a full time filmmaker, cameraman, editor and writer for over 20 years. He’s honored to be working with the Drama Desk in creating this rare glimpse into the New York Theatre community.  This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media and is available at both CreateSpace & Amazon.com


Drama Desk’s mission has been to promote and support artistic excellence in the New York professional theater, in its multitude of forms and styles and on stages of various sizes and configurations. The organization accomplishes its goal by hosting an annual Drama Desk Awards celebration and presenting various educational forums and panel discussions to its members and the theatergoing public.


The Drama Desk Awards (began by New York Times theater reporter Sam Zolotow, The New Yorker’s Edith Oliver, and The New York Post’s Vernon Rice, among others) were established to fulfill the organization’s mission. Drama Desk has opened its nominations for its annual awards to include theater productions by Off- and Off-Off Broadway artists, as well as that of Broadway producers.