2014 Alumni Guest
Executive Producer Anne Garefino '81
Recipient of 2014 Arts Council Alumni Award
At the Arts Council, we're extremely proud to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Alumni Award will be Anne Garefino, Executive Producer of long-running TV series South Park, popular movie Team America: World Police, and Broadway super-hit The Book of Mormon.
A native of Lambertville, New Jersey, Garefino attended Boston College, graduating in 1981 with a finance major from the Carroll School of Management. She took a job as an assistant at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., which led to an internship and then a job at WETA Television, the public television station in the nation's capitol. In the mid-1980s, she worked as a producer on In Performance at the White House, WETA's successful series of concert programs celebrating American entertainers and performers. She left public television to study film production at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, where she worked on a number of projects during and after her training as a producer.
In 1997, through a friend and colleague, Anne met Trey Parker and Matt Stone, two industry upstarts out of the University of Colorado who were working on short animated videos for the internet. Comedy Central gave Parker and Stone a development deal for a six-episode series, and Garefino helped them set up a production company, hire animators, and get down to business. South Park debuted on Comedy Central in August 13, 1997 with an episode titled "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe," and it has been on television ever since.
Anne Garefino has been Executive Producer of more than 150 episodes of South Park, now in its 17th season. The show has won numerous awards, including five Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a nod from TV Guide as the tenth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. Garefino went on to produce two feature-length films with Parker and Stone, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004).
Garefino's partnership with Parker and Stone expanded into new territory when they teamed up with Hollywood and Broadway producer Scott Rudin and composer/lyricist Robert Lopez (co-creator of the musical Avenue Q) to create The Book of Mormon, which opened on Broadway in March 2011 and is still running. The production won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score, and went on to national and international tours.