ARTS & ARTISTS AT ST. PAUL is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing the artistic community by providing a forum for the development and production of new and worthwhile works. This is done through a variety of unique developmental programs in theater, musical theater, cabaret, opera, dance, and writing. Arts and Artists features a wide array of new music concerts and staged readings of plays and musicals all performed in an atmosphere where professional artists have the opportunity to work in a constructive and positive setting.
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's where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs – including the popular Songbook Series - free monthly concerts (held at The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center) featuring music of today's newest and most exciting songwriters. John also serves as Stage Director of the Merkin Concert Hall Broadway Close-Up Series where he has been fortunate enough to have worked with such musical theater legends as Jerry Bock, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Martin Charnin, Cy Coleman, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Maury Yeston, and David Zippel. As Producing Director of The National Music Theater Network, he launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series. 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 over 125 new songs. These concerts, benefiting Broadway Cares, also resulted in a popular CD. Besides his work with Arts and Artists, he has directed and/or choreographed productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, The Culture Project, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company and Manhattan Class Company. 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). He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music. At these schools he has taught everything from acting and dance to literature and creative writing.
ARTS & ARTISTS AT ST PAUL
405 West 59 Street
New York, NY 10019
Office: 212.265.3495, ext. 336