Trish Santini, FOUNDER/BOARD CHAIR
Trish is the Executive Director of Pier55, a new park and not-for-profit arts organization slated to open in the fall of 2020, developed and funded by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Previously, she served as the Senior Producer at the Guthrie Theater, under the leadership of Joe Dowling, and produced shows directed by Leigh Silverman, Mark Rucker, Peter Flynn, Jeremy Cohen and Maria Aitken, and with artists including Whoopi Goldberg, Brian d’Arcy James, T.R. Knight, Jason Robert Brown, Tracie Bennett, Santino Fontana, Kate Wetherhead, Colman Domingo, Helen Carey and Kevin Kling. She also served as the Guthrie representative for the pre-Broadway productions of The Scottsboro Boys and End of the Rainbow. She joined the Guthrie in 2006 as External Relations Director, overseeing marketing, public relations, education, events, retail and visitor services, and was responsible for earning more than half of the Guthrie’s $27M annual budget. Prior to the Guthrie, Trish served as Vice President, Broadway Division, at TMG-The Marketing Group, managing campaigns for productions ranging from The Drowsy Chaperone and Mamma Mia!, to WELL and Avenue Q, as well as sponsorship and marketing services for Roundabout Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. She was the Marketing Director for the Kodak Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) in Los Angeles and prior to that, served in the marketing division at Dodger Theatricals.
FRANK BUTLER, FOUNDER/PRODUCER
Frank's background includes an eighteen-year tenure as Production Director for the Guthrie Theater, under Joe Dowling's artistic leadership. During that time, he led a staff of eighty union and non-union full-time employees. He created partnerships with both international and domestic nonprofit and commercial producers, producing several regional and national tours, as well as Broadway offerings. He served as the theater liaison for the creation of the Guthrie’s new home on the Mississippi River, a $125M three-theater complex designed by Pritzker-winning architect, Jean Nouvel. Prior to the Guthrie, Frank was the Production Manager for the American Repertory Theater, under the artistic direction of Robert Brustein, working with directors such as Andrei Serban, Robert Wilson, Oskar Eustis, Richard Foreman, and Anne Bogart. Frank began his career in the lighting field and has numerous LORT designs to his credit. He holds an MFA in lighting design from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in technical theater from Purdue University. He is a founding member of the Production Manager’s Forum.
PETER FLYNN, FOUNDER/PRODUCER
Peter is the former Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York, as well as the former Artistic Director of the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He debuted Adam Bock’s play The Receptionist, as well as developed new work by Glenn Slater, Stephen Weiner, & Rinne Groff, and collaborated with guest artists Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori, and Andrew Leynse (Primary Stages). He has also facilitated new work by writers Christopher Diaz, Josh Harmon, Maury Yeston; with directors Jennifer Nelson (African Continuum, Ford’s Theatre), Devanand Janki (BCTR); and worked with actors Danielle Brooks, Robert Cuccioli, Dee Hoty, Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, Emily Skinner, Andréa Burns, Natascia Diaz, Jerry Dixon, and Andrea Martin, among others. As a freelance director, Peter’s credits include the Actors Fund concert of the 75th Anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, S. Epatha Merkerson; Lee Blessings’ Two Rooms at the Lion Theatre; On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie; Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. He has created work around the country at theaters including the Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, and the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. where he is an Associate Artist. Most recently, Peter was nominated for a 2018 Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Direction in a Musical for his work on Ragtime at Ford's Theatre. His work has won the Carbonell Award in South Florida and been nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award in New York. Peter is the Director of Musical Theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, on faculty at New York University’s Tisch Program, a graduate of Northwestern University, and a member of SDC.