ABOUT Jay Michaels

JAY MICHAELS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Mr. Michaels’ career in the arts began in the 1970s as an actor then moving to the director’s chair and the office of producer before founding WGNY Communications – a marketing and public relations firm dedicated to the off-off Broadway and independent film communities. Today, his PR services, combined with extensive knowledge in event production, forms Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment.

  • Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment has 40 years of experience in arts marketing and promotion:
    • 1986: The Joyce Theater, promoting
      • Twyla Tharp
      • Murray Louis & Alwin Nikolais
      • Mabou Mines
      • Pilobolus
      • Theatre 890
      • Ballet Tech
      • Eliot Feld
      • Drama Desk Award-winning American Regional Theater Exchange (including the Long Wharf Theater and Mark Taper Forum).
    • 1989: Special promotional associate for the New York Daily News
      • He sat ringside at Madison Square Garden
      • Wrote copy for Bob Hope at Carnegie Hall
      • Assisted Robert Maxwell at The United Nations
      • Handled casting for the newspaper’s TV commercials
      • Served as production manager for the News/PBS’s Increase The Peace.
    • 1993 – 2000: Broadway, National Tour, TV:
      • Broadway revivals of Guys & Dolls (1992) and Damn Yankees (1994)
      • Columbia Artists Management national tour coordinator for Cats, Les Miserables, Edwin Drood, and Oliver
      • KSL Media New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles 
    • 2000 – TODAY: NYC’s Independent Arts & Education Community:
      • Director of Public Relations @ Midtown International Theatre Festival
      • Production Manager, The Vagina Monologues, Broadway’s Town Hall
      • Promoted and Produced Events at…
        • The Fringe Festival
        • Fresh Fruit Festival
        • Samuel French Festival
        • New York New Works Fest
        • Spotlight-On Productions
        • Genesis Repertory
        • The Kaye Playhouse @ Hunter College
        • Mimes & Mummers at Fordham University
        • Yeshiva Arts Festival
        • Lehman and Kingsborough college theater programs
      • Marketing Director for …
      • Fashion shows
      • Art gallery openings
      • Perscriptives promotion at Macy’s
      • Brightest Star Award for the Block Institute (one of its founders)
    • Senior Marketing Executive for a prominent international philanthropy, Mr. Michaels wrote speeches and coordinated event materials for events featuring
      • Hillary Clinton
      • Fran & Barry Weissler
      • Jon Stewart
      • James Earl Jones
      • The Nederlanders
      • Clive Davis
      • Alex Shchegol (College of Advance Technology founder)
      • Lawrence and Lilly Wajnberg (Novoye Russkoye Slovo)
      • He also headed the Israel at 65 International Marketing Mission Campaign creating its slogans and heading its design and marketing team.
      • He produced and edited a documentary on Time Warner founder, Steven J. Ross
      • Wrote (and voiced) numerous PSAs, and appeared in the recent Community Study TV commercial.
  • A professor at Kingsborough College, Mr. Michaels has lectured on arts management at venues Theatre Resources Unlimited
  • Recognized in …
    • SDC National Quarterly
    • The New York Times
    • TheatreWorld
    • Soul of the American Actor
    • American Theater Magazine.

DID YOU KNOW JAY MICHAELS WORKED AS

an actor, a director, a producer, and a playwright?

His productions …

  • won ASCAP, MITF, SPOTLIGHT, and OOBR Awards
  • were published by Samuel French
  • were nominated for Drama Desk, GLAAD, and NY Innovative Theatre awards.

SO… He knows how important your production truly is.

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