John Gore is an 13-time Tony winning and Emmy nominated British producer who owns and is Chairman of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 44 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, London’s West End, Japan, and China. Presentations include The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Recent U.S. productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and Waitress. Previously he directed the only stage adaptations of Batman and Star Trek and produced Thunderbirds FAB and Wallace & Gromit on stage in the West End. His investments include the original London productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Dietz is the CFO for The John Gore organization, where he leads all finance and accounting functions. Paul has over twenty years’ experience in corporate finance, including seven years with Live Nation as CFO of its Global Theatre Division (2007) and Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development (2000-2006). Prior to joining JGO, Paul was the founding COO/CFO of Unigo.com, a start-up that was chronicled in The New York Times Magazine and entered into a joint venture with the Wall Street Journal within six months of launch. Earlier in his career, he spent nine years with Sony Corporation of America in various finance and business development roles principally involving Sony’s entertainment units. Paul received his MBA from Columbia University’s School of Business and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed CPA in the State of New York (inactive).
Executive Vice President
& Head of International Business Development
Kumiko Yoshii is the Executive Vice President/ Head of International Business Development for The John Gore Organization, where she is responsible for initiating its global business strategies, managing international investment deals for productions on Broadway and in the West End, as well as bringing touring Broadway productions to Asia. Her selected producing credits prior to joining JGO include Pacific Overtures (Broadway), Big River (North American Tour), The Producers (Japan) and The Sound of Music (Japan). She is also the Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park, an annual event in its 8th year. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The New Group. She is a recipient of the 10th annual Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, and she was acknowledged by the Minister of National Policy of Japan for her outstanding contributions and activities representing Japan in 2012. She has a MFA in Performing Arts Management from The City University of New York.
Robert A. Brandon, General Counsel for The John Gore Organization, provides guidance to ensure that the company conducts business ethically and in compliance with the law. From 2008- 2012, Bob was General Counsel of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., a publicly traded company and major provider of museum-quality touring exhibitions throughout the world, including “Bodies” and “Titanic…the Artifacts Exhibition.” Prior to his tenure at Premier, Bob spent 18 years at Madison Square Garden. As SVP-Legal and Business Affairs, he oversaw all legal work for MSG’s Booking, Concerts and Theatrical Divisions (and for events at Radio City Music Hall including The Christmas Spectacular, one of the world’s largest grossing theatrical stage shows). Bob began his legal career at Proskauer Rose in New York City as a corporate lawyer. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Peter Schneider is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The John Gore Organization and an internationally-acclaimed producer and director. He is the recipient of a Best Musical Tony Award for producing The Lion King on Broadway, and he directed productions of My Life with Men…and Other Animals (New York, Italy, Romania), Pal Joey (Pasadena, CA, Little Rock, AK), Sister Act, TheMusical (London, Atlanta, Pasadena), and Hot L Baltimore (Romania). Schneider also produced the award-winning 2009 documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty about Disney Animation from 1984 – 1994. During a seventeen-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company, he spearheaded the creation of over fifty films including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (Golden Globe Award), The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In addition to JGO, Schneider serves on the boards of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The American Theatre Wing (co-producer of the Tony Awards). He is also a world champion bridge player, having won the Transnational Open Teams in Estoril, Portugal.
John Gore is an eleven-time Tony winning and Emmy nominated British producer who owns and is Chairman of the John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. The company presents shows in 44 cities across North America as well as on Broadway, London’s West End, Japan, and China. Presentations include The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Recent U.S. productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and Waitress. Previously he directed the only stage adaptations of Batman and Star Trek and produced Thunderbirds FAB and Wallace & Gromit on stage in the West End. His investments include the original London productions of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.
Thomas P. Benson
Thomas B. Benson
Thomas Benson, Board Director, was most recently the Executive Vice President and CFO of Core Media Group, where he led the company through a $250 million initial public offering. Core Media is the owner of several leading entertainment brands, including the television properties American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Prior to Core Media, Thomas served as the Senior Vice President and CFO for SFX Entertainment, where he played a leading role in analyzing, negotiating, closing and integrating over 50 acquisitions of local and regional entertainment businesses in North America and Europe. Thomas then went on to serve as the Senior Vice President and CFO for FXM, a private investment firm founded by former executives at SFX Entertainment He has also held senior financial positions at SFX Broadcasting Inc., American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. and Ernst & Young, LLP.
Miles Wilkin, the Vice Chair of The John Gore Organization, is one of the leading innovators of the international entertainment industry, with over 30 years of experience. He provides the vision for Broadway Across America’s significant touring network and Broadway.com’s vast e-commerce network. Wilkin, an original founder of Broadway Across America, is more broadly recognized as one of the founders of North American Touring Theatre. During his most recent stint at Broadway Across America, he revitalized its North American Presenting and Theatre operation. Prior to BAA, he worked with Live Nation and its predecessors (Clear Channel Entertainment, Clear Channel Europe, SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) in various senior management positions where he was responsible for all divisions within the company, including: North American Music, North American Theatre, Mostorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre. Miles is the recipient of numerous awards including: 6 Tony Awards for producing (Spamalot, Hairspray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), a Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award from The Broadway League, and at the 2016 Tony Awards was honored with a Special Tony Award.
Jin Yokoi, Board Director, is Director, Events Project Department of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. (TBS), a major television network that produces and televises new programs, dramas and sports on their 28-affiliate network throughout Japan. TBS also produces and presents productions in Japan, including the musicals Cabaret, Chicago, Rent, The Producers, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, West Side Story, and Million Dollar Quartet, and War horse. TBS owns and operates the prominent Akasaka ACT Theater and Akasaka BLITZ. In Spring 2017, partnering with JGO and a Dutch theatre company Imagine Nation, TBS will open a new theatre “360 Theater StageAround Tokyo” utilizing a new stage technology from Holland.
Broadway Across America
Susie Krajsa, President
Jennifer Costello, EVP, Production
Bob Bucci, President, Marketing
Rob Cheatham, VP, Operations
Glenn Hill, VP, Corporate Partnerships
Jill Keyishian, VP, Programming
Kurt Rodeghiero, VP, Content
Joanna Minerley, VP, Ticketing & Analytics
Ronald Andrew, Chairman, Broadway Across Canada
Leslie Broecker, President, Midwest
Anne Francis, VP, West Coast
Genevieve Holt, General Manager, Cincinnati
Shana Levin, VP, Broadway Across Canada
John Breckenridge, VP, Southwest
Jim Sheeley, President, Upper Midwest
Ron Legler, President, France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Tivon Marcus, VP, Broadway In Boston
Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel & BroadwayBox.com
Paul Wontorek, Editor-in-Chief
Matt Hege, SVP, Television & Media
Drew Kupchin, VP, Ticketing
Steve Prager, VP, Information Systems
Kevin Fricovsky, Chief Architect
Katy Fitzpatrick, VP, Advertising & Marketing
Group Sales Box Office
Stephanie Lee, President
Kathleen Maki, National Director of Corporate & Group Sales
Vickie Plummer, Broadway Classroom Program Director