*This episode is a re-air of a conversation that originally took place in 2018.* Townsend (LI:@townsendteague) is a respected voice on the topics of company formation, organizational development and the relationship between Broadway, technology and media businesses. His theatrical career spans two decades, during which he has collaborated with many of the world's leading producers and creatives, and held senior positions on Broadway, touring and international productions, including titles presented in Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.
As a theatrical General Manager, he has provided expertise budgeting, negotiating and overseeing operations for productions of An American In Paris, Annie, 42nd Street, Ghost, Bring It On, West Side Story and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Prior to this, he was Company Manager for tours of Catch Me If You Can, Cats, the 25th Anniversary of Les Misérables, and Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein and The Producers. Broadway credits include The Norman Conquests, Gypsy, The Producers and Radio Golf, for which he received a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nomination as Producer.
As an investor and/or advisor, he is involved with technology driven companies, including Arilyn, a content management system for creative brands and professionals to create, manage and publish augmented reality content; TodayTix, a digital ticketing platform for theatrical & cultural experiences, ProductionPro, a portal for creative collaboration in Film, TV and Theatre production; Winc Wine, an algorithm driven winery and official wine partner of the Barclays Center and Hollywood Bowl; and WindowsWear, a retail visual merchandising database and community.
Townsend received a B.A. in Arts Management and is a certified member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He happily volunteers time to various causes. A personal highlight is Broadway Bets, the annual poker tournament benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, for which he is a Host Committee member. He is an optimist!