COFFEE Producing Team

The producing team for COFFEE The Musical is an awesome mixture of veteran Broadway producers and brilliantly talented non-Broadway minds. The combination of professional experiences that our team has is making for a ground breaking approach to creating the show. See more at our KICKSTARTER page. The bios are below.

Lynda Calimano and the New York Coffee and Tea Festival – If NYC residents seem a bit more hyper-caffeinated in the month of February, it is because of The Coffee And Tea Festival—NYC’s premiere sampling event—held every February in midtown Manhattan.   The Festival, under the direction of its producer Lynda Calimano, has been offering specialty beverage enthusiasts samples of some of the world’s best coffees and teas each year for the last six years.   Something which started as a passion project has developed into a festival attracting exhibitors and attendees from across the U.S. and across the globe.  Featured on the Food Network’s hit show Unwrapped, the Coffee and Tea Festival also provides an educational aspect to these two most-beloved beverages.

Pulling in talent from industry pioneers and well-respected pros, the event’s programming covers a variety of topics including afternoon tea etiquette, coffee cupping, tea ceremonies, cooking with coffee and tea, home roasting, and making the perfect espresso.

Lynda Calimano has spent most of her 25+ year career in marketing, working predominantly in the publishing industry.  She joined the event production team at Starfish Junction Productions in 2007, taking over the management of the Coffee And Tea Festival NYC.  Ms. Calimano is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Coffee And Tea Newsletter.com, an online resource emailed to over 11,000 readers each month.  Beyond the coffee and tea industry, Calimano also provides valuable marketing and media expertise for the other specialty beverage industry events produced by Starfish Junction.  She is also a contributing writer for a variety of other publications, including Trends, Long Island Press, and Chilled Magazine.

Ray Kotcher is a Senior Partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Ketchum, a unit of Omnicom Group and one of the world’s largest public relations agencies. Ray joined Ketchum as Vice President in 1983, was appointed President of the agency in 1992, and in June 2000 was named CEO. In 2009, Ray led one of the largest mergers ever in the public relations industry when Ketchum and Pleon combined operations, creating one of the largest, most geographically diverse public relations agencies in the world, with over 100 worldwide locations on six continents, and the leading communications consultancy in Europe. During Ray’s tenure as CEO, the agency has been widely recognized, as has the work it does in partnership with its clients. Ketchum holds the most Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvils, the U.S. industry’s highest honor, of any agency (112), and has added 49 from 2001 to 2009. In 2009, Ketchum was recognized with accolades typically reserved for ad agencies. Ketchum has won more Clio Awards than any other PR agency.

Terry Schnuck is formerly general counsel of Schnuck Markets, Inc. Terry left the family business in 2002 after 22 years in the legal profession to pursue his passion in the theater. Since that departure, he has produced a number of Broadway shows: Hair, Enchanted April, ’night, Mother, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Martin Short:Fame Becomes Me and the critically acclaimed Spring Awakening for which he received the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical. Terry also produced the off-Broadway musical Ministry of Progress in addition to being associated with Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up! & Summer of ’42 (Off-Broadway). He is a partner in the Manhattan Monologue Slam and is Chairman of the Board of the MUNY (St. Louis), America’s largest and oldest outdoor theatre. Terry is also on the board of The Professional Theatre Awards Council which recognizes outstanding achievement in locally produced St. Louis theatre through the Kevin Kline Awards.

Mark Schoenfeld wrote, composed and produced the Broadway show entitled “Brooklyn” which opened in October 2001 and ran for 284 shows at the Plymouth theatre in NYC. The show toured nationally and internationally and is available on Amazon.com in paperback. Most recently, Mark was a producer and marketing consultant for Broadway’s smash hit “Rock of Ages”. He was the advertising manager for the original comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and he has produced and written songs for Manhattan Records, EMI Records, Capital Records, and Razor and Tie Records. In addition to musical scores for multiple movies and television shows, Mark has written screenplays for Orion Pictures, Disney, and Warner Brothers. Mark currently is working on a new project, it is an animated musical with Hugh Jackman starring, in addition to producing along with Mark.

Joe Trentacosta is a member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) and Vice-President and head of theatre and special events at Springer Associates PR. Springer Associates PR has been in business for over 50 years and is a full service public relations firm whose clients range from Broadway to festival productions, developmental readings, films in release to film festivals, special events and personalities.Campaigns include the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (and is the US press rep for the production as it lands on the West End this fall), upcoming Broadway projects include Broadway’s Treasure Island and Busker Alley. Non-Profits and Theatre Companies including Amas Musical Theatre, SoHo Playhouse, TADA! Youth Theater and Urban Stages. Special Events include: Museum of the Moving Image Celebrity Tribute, Museum of the Moving Images Industry Toast, National Meningitis Foundation Benefit, and Golden Nose Awards.

Andrew Asnes has produced The Color Purple, Legally Blonde-The Musical, Dr’ Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and All My Sons, all on Broadway. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, with Honors, in Film Studies from Dartmouth, he joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Asnes was a Principal Dancer in the Taylor Company from 1989-2000. There he created original roles in many dances including, Company B, Spindrift, Funny Papers, Cascade, and Piazzola Caldera. As a dancer Mr. Asnes has been hailed for his strength, stage presence, athletic ability and subtle interpretations of Mr. Taylor’s work. After leaving Paul Taylor, Mr. Asnes danced for Twyla Tharp Dance and was in the Broadway shows Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Jumpers by Tom Stoppard. He was Assistant Choreographer for the Broadway musical Big River, was featured in the Academy Award Nominated feature documentary Dancemaker, and was in Julie’ Taymor’s Across the Universe.

2 Responses to COFFEE Producing Team

  1. Renee Bloom-McGrady says:

    If there are auditions for children/teens, please reply and let me know. My son, Zachary is an enthusiastic 12 year old, is currently wrapping up a project in central NY and would be interested in expanding his professional acting/musical experiences. He has had experience in film and live musical performances. Travel has never been an issue. Zachary has a few headshots and a short clip if interested, our contact number is 315.761.1688. Thank you.

  2. Rich Abrams says:

    Hi-I work at Yale Rep Theater days, but I’m also a freelance stage and production manager/crew member. If you would like me to donate my time and expertise to Coffee The Musical backstage, feel free to contact me. I have 44 years in live entertainment stagecraft, and I can now afford to volunteer or work per diem for benefits and shows that are challenging. My e-mail is on this form. Thanks-Rich

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