Jay Michaels Communications/Channel i – creating visibility for independent theater, film, music, and literature has been the battle-cry of this boutique promotion and production firm for more than 20 years. Through a diverse internal multi-media platform, this communications organization is able to supply guarenteed coverage to hundreds of emerging artists and their productions while growing its external network of promotional sites and groups.
Jay Michaels began his arts career during the original off-off Broadway movement in New York. He is co-founder with Broadway staff veteran, Mary Elizabeth Micari) of Genesis Repertory, a non-profit arts & education organization named after one of the original movement theatres. Michaels was part of Lincoln Center’s tribute to Caffe Chino and the original Genesis theatre. While Jay Michaels is known as a prominent stage and film director/producer and promotional executive, his past credentials also include special events assistant at the New York Daily News for projects at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden; a national tour manager for Cats, Edwin Drood, and Les Miserables; television media buying associate; and senior event marketing executive for international galas and fundraisers including speech-writing for dignitaries including the Weisslers, the Nederlander and Shubert organizations, James Earl Jones, and Hilary Clinton to name a few. He served on the promotional staff for The Joyce Theater’s Drama Desk award-winning American Theater Exchange series in 1986 as well as managing promotional events for Broadway shows, Guys & Dolls (1992), Damn Yankees (1994), Vagina Monologues (2005) and Beginnings (2018).
His boutique PR firm, JMC/Channel i, handles some of New York’s most prominent indie theatre artists and numerous indie filmmakers and festivals. He is also professor of communications at several universities.
Stage & Film Producer/Director
Author & Educator
Jay Michaels, an arts journeyman since 1977, manages the company’s video program channels, interview forum podcast, and nine content sites – all dedicated to exploring the indie arts community. Michaels himself has worked promotion and public relations for Broadway, Off-Broadway, film/TV, film & theater festivals, print media, including the Daily News, as well as produced events on a global scale.
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Political Views from the Artistic Community