Title: Theater Director, Founder of New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center
Location: New York, NY, United States
Robert Z. Kalfin is the Founder of New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center. The theater director and expert on creative collaboration with all artistic components is currently in charge of designing all production elements, overseeing rehearsals and technical production, and ensuring that performances are seamlessly executed. Mr. Kalfin also serves as the artistic director for the Chelsea Theater, the Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Sanibel Pirate Theater. Raised in a musically inclined family, Mr. Kalfin was exposed to music, the arts and opera productions throughout his upbringing. He also attended the High School of Music and Art (now part of the La Guardia High School of Performing Arts) where he majored in music, and while attending Alfred University, he started writing music for plays produced by the theater department. Alfred University changed his life forever, as the school excelled at putting on extravagant plays as they were originally written instead of the re-created Broadway versions.
Mr. Kalfin has contributed a large body of significant work which has been introduced into the American theater world by the Chelsea Theater Center, representing new American playwrights and major works from the international repertoire. Many of these plays and works have subsequently been published, and continue to have productions all over the world.
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