JEFF GARDNER presently serves as the Theatre Manager for the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, in Queens, NY. The Venue has multiple performance venues including the 2,100 seat Colden Auditorium, the LeFrak Concert hall, and The Goldstein Theatre.
He is responsible for performing a daily walkthrough of the facility to check for deficiencies in Maintenance, Fire Safety, and Sanitary conditions of the plant, and working in tandem with the Director of Operations and maintenance team to affect repairs.
Mr. Gardner holds the Food Protection Certificate for the theatre, handles all in-person customer service issues for performances, and supervises, trains, and hires all Front of House personnel.
He has previously served as the House Manager for many of New York’s premiere Off-Broadway Theatre’s including The Westside Theatre (Love Loss & What I Wore, Old Jews Telling Jokes), The Cherry Lane Theatre, and Playhouse 91 (Menopause the Musical).
As a Production Supervisor for concerts and corporate events, he has been responsible for acting as liaison between venues and performing groups, supervising technical crews, scheduling loading in/out, and stage-managing live performances. For Overland Entertainment, He created the logistics plan for the movement of all physical elements for the New Yorker Festival, encompassing thirty events at multiple venues around the city.
Mr. Gardner has been a producer of numerous original theatrical productions, and, in that capacity, was responsible for planning, budgeting, and implementing marketing and advertising strategies. During the developmental phase of production, he rented numerous theatres and rehearsal spaces, negotiated contacts with artists and vendors, and raised over a half million dollars.
His latest producing project is GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE MUSICAL which had it's world premiere at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, Canada in the fall of 2011.
Mr. Gardner learned to produce under the tutelage of Mr. Nat Habib at the Riverwest Theatre on Bank Street in Greenwich Village. While there, he served as an Associate Producer on over twenty shows including the original production of Nite Club Confidential, and the revival of Berlin to Broadway.
In his former career as a performer, Mr. Gardner appeared in numerous plays and musicals on Broadway including: The Queen and the Rebels, Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Cyrano the Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Wild Party, and the National Tour of Les Misérables.
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