Barbara Whitman is a Tony and Drama Desk award-winning theatrical producer. She made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. Other Broadway credits include Red (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Best Play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary Stuart, Legally Blonde - The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the West End, she produced Piaf, starring Elena Roger. National tours include Next to Normal, Legally Blonde – The Musical, …Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Frost/Nixon. This spring, she will be represented on Broadway by Hands on a Hardbody, a new musical based on the documentary of the same name. Other projects include Murder for Two, a murder mystery musical comedy, and a musical version of Little Miss Sunshine. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU's Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She is currently the East Coast Chair of Northwestern University's School of Communications National Advisory Committee, a board member of the Tectonic Theater Project, and Chair Emeritus of Play Group Theatre, a Westchester based theater for children and teens. She is a member of the Broadway League, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her proudest productions are her two sons, Daniel and Will.
"The Columbia program in Theatre Management and Producing did exactly what I had hoped it would do. Through classes with leading professionals in the industry, I not only learned from the best, I also made valuable contacts that helped me get my career started with a bang. And now, five years and eight Broadway shows later, I’m working on a daily basis with the same people I studied with at Columbia. I couldn’t have asked for more."