Inside the BC Studio
Boston College Arts Council
Friday, April 29, 2016
Stokes Art Tent
Boston College Arts Festival
Acclaimed Theatre Producer Nick Scandalios '87 will be interviewed by fellow theatre alumnus Paul Daigneault '87.
About the Featured Alumni Guest, Nick Scandalios '87:
Nick Scandalios graduated from Boston College in 1987 from the Carroll School of Management. Shortly after graduating, he became the assistant to Jimmy Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization. Since joining the company in 1987, Scandalios has risen in the ranks and now stands as the Executive Vice President of this century-old company. As the Executive Vice President of this organization, Scandalios is integral in the company’s production choices and so has been actively involved in the booking decisions for the theaters for years. Under his guidance, shows including The Lion King, Wicked, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and many others have played and continue to play Nederlander Theatres. It is thus no surprise that in 2008 Scandalios received the Robert Whitehead Award, which is given to graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute that have achieved “outstanding achievement in commercial theatre production.”
Scandalios’s impact in the theatre world extends beyond his position with the Nederlander Organization. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, the trade association representing the entire commercial theatre industry on Broadway and across North America, and has served as the Immediate past Chair and now Treasurer of the Family Equality Council. Furthermore, he has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to humanitarian causes through serving on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Currently the Nederlander Organization is home to some of Broadways newest hits including the groundbreaking Hamilton, ON YOUR FEET!, and Waitress, the new musical with a score by Sara Bareilles that tried out here in Boston.
About the Interviewer, Paul Daigneault '87:
Paul Daigneault is the recipient of the 2007 Arts Council Alumni Arts Award which Mr. Scandalios is receiving this year. He is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Boston-based theatre organization the SpeakEasy Stage Company. He is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theater and directing.
He was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association.
Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include Mothers & Sons; Big Fish; The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer - The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna Don't!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production, Sugan Theatre); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Love! Valour! Compassion! and Jeffrey.
He was also the 2011-2012 J. Donald Monan, S.J. visiting Professor in Theatre Arts here at Boston College.