JOHN ZNIDARSIC (Artistic Director) has dedicated a great deal of his theater career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals. The majority of his work is done through Arts and Artists at St. Paul (near Lincoln Center) where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs including the popular Broadway’s Future Songbook Series - free monthly concerts featuring music of today's newest and most exciting songwriters. These concerts are held at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts. Over the past twenty four years, he has displayed the talents of well over three-hundred composers and lyricists including: Andrew Lippa, Jason Robert Brown, David Bryan, William Finn, Bill Russell, Henry Krieger, Peter Melnick, Christopher Durang, Paul Scott Goodman, Joe Iconis, Gerard Alessandrini, David Friedman, Peter Cincotti, Portia Nelson, Joshua Salzman, Ryan Cunningham, Will Van Dyke, Katie Thompson, Joey Contreras, Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins, Robert Lindsey Nassif, and Richard Pearson Thomas (just to name a few). Because of these concerts, writers have had the chance to have their songs premiered by some of Broadway’s greatest singers.
For ten seasons he served as Director of the Broadway Close-Up Series at Merkin Concert Hall where has been fortunate enough to work with such musical theater legends as Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Richard Maltby, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, David Zippel, Maury Yeston and Stephen Schwartz.
For the National Music Theater Network, he served as Producing Director and launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series where new musicals were produced (in conjunction with the New 42nd Street Project) at the New Victory Theater. Because of these presentations, many of these shows have gone on to larger productions both in New York and regionally.
For seven years, he produced, directed, and hosted the popular In Celebration of Life concerts where Broadway’s top writers and performers collaborated to debut new songs to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. These concerts included the performing talents of such greats as Christine Baranski, Bryan Batt, Brent Barrett, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Harvey Fierstein, Randy Graff, Judy Kaye, Judy Kuhn, Nancy LaMott, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Rue McClanahan, Andrea Marcovicci, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Marni Nixon, Sian Phillips, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Vicki Sue Robinson, Phoebe Snow, Lillias White, Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, and Rachel York. These concerts also resulted in the release of a popular CD.
John has also worked extensively as a director and choreographer. In New York, he has directed productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, The Culture Project, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company, West Village Musical Theater Festival, Manhattan Class Company and The New York Musical Theater Festival. Regionally, he has worked at the Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Two River Theater Company, Hampton Playhouse, Maine Stage Theater, and The New Hope Performing Arts Festival (where he served as Director-in-Residence for four years).
Off-Broadway, he has directed a wide variety of plays and musicals including the revivals of I Love My Wife, and Mr. President along with productions of Falsettoland, Almost Maine, Dear George: Letters to the President, Hell’s Belles and the critically-acclaimed Gary Goldfarb: Master Escaptist for the New York Musical Theater Festival.
He has also served on the theater faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music.
John has also served as the Chairman of the annual Michael Stewart Musical Theater Foundation Awards.