Steven Chaikelson

Steven Chaikelson
Professor
Head of Theatre Management & Producing Concentration
601 Dodge Hall, 212.854.3408
Steven Chaikelson began teaching at Columbia in 1998 and, since 2002, has been serving as the Director of the Theatre Management and Producing Concentration. In addition to his responsibilities in the School of the Arts, he is on the faculty and teaches both at Columbia Law School and in the Barnard/Columbia College Theatre Department. He also serves as an advisor to the T. Fellowship for Creative Producers, founded by Harold Prince. The first graduate of Columbia University's joint degree JD/MFA program in Law and Theatre Management, Steven is a member of the New York State Bar, The Broadway League and The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. Through his company, Snug Harbor Productions, Inc., Steven serves as general manager and producer of productions on and off-Broadway and around the country. General Management credits include the Broadway productions of Ring of Fire, Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Tony Award), George Gershwin Alone, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Starring Cherry Jones and Gabriel Byrne), The Price, Death of a Salesman (Starring Brian Dennehy, Tony Award), Freak, Fool Moon (Tony Award) and Julia Sweeney’s God Said Ha!; the Off-Broadway productions of Murder for Two, Martin Moran’s All the Rage (Lucille Lortel Award) and The Tricky Part, Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, Elective Affinities, Slipping, Too Much Memory, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, Evil Dead The Musical, John Cariani’s Almost Maine, Oren Safdie’s Private Jokes, Public Places; the tour of Trumbo, starring Brian Dennehy; regional productions of Art (Chicago), Fully Committed (Los Angeles), The Vagina Monologues (Los Angeles) and Fool Moon (Washington, DC); the world premiere of the  rock opera Where Elephants Weep in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the Season of Cambodia arts festival that took in NYC in the spring of 2014. For Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Steven managed The Lion King from its out-of-town tryout in Minneapolis through its first year on Broadway. Since 2000, Steven has provided business affairs services to New York Stage & Film Company. He has also advised and provided management services to other not-for-profit theatre organizations, including the Apollo Theatre Foundation, The Barrow Group and Cambodian Living Arts. For Columbia University, Steven was Executive Producer of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children at the Apollo Theatre, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Michigan, and was general manager of Peter Brook’s North American Premiere of Tierno Bokar. Other producing credits include Murder for Two, Private Jokes, Public Places in New York and London, the Off-Broadway premiere of Criss Angel Mindfreak, Lee Blessing’s Chesapeake, starring Mark Linn-Baker, and the holiday revue That Time of the Year. Steven is a co-Author of Theatre Law: Cases and Materials, the first ever law school textbook specifically devoted to theatre law published by Carolina Academic Press, and is a regular contributor to the theatre volumes of Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by Lexis.
 
 
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2014
Murder for Two Nominated for Drama League Award / Co-Hosts Judith Light and Christopher Sieber announced the nominations for the 2014 Drama League Awards.

2013
Murder for Two Finds a New Home / The new musical comedy “Murder for Two,” which drew praise from theater critics this summer at Second Stage Uptown.

2009 
Fugobi Broadway 3D / Chaikelson is co-founder and senior vice president of the company, which seeks to film Broadway productions for 3D screening.

2009
Groundswell / The T Fellowship is run by Columbia University's School of the Arts in partnership with the Theatre Development Fund, the Columbia University Arts Initiative and the T Fellowship Committee.

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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.