Tom Gabbard has been President/CEO of Blumenthal Performing Arts since 2003. The Blumenthal’s 110 employees manage six theaters in Charlotte, hosting over 1,000 performances annually, as well as extensive education programs. During his tenure the Blumenthal has become one of the Top 10 markets for touring Broadway shows in North America.
A member of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League for 11 years, he serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. He has been a voter for Broadway’s Tony Awards since 1997. In 2012 the Broadway League awarded him the Samuel J. L'Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management.
He is a co-producer/investor in dozens of productions for Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tour and London’s West End, including Legally Blonde, Porgy & Bess, Frost/Nixon, The Color Purple, Matilda, Cinderella, Disgraced, The Mountaintop, If/Then, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty, West Side Story and Ragtime.
He produced the New York run and national tour of TRACES, and the national tour of 9 to 5. He received Tony Awards as a co-producer/investor of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage aux Folles, RED, Pippin and Kinky Boots. He is a leader in developing partnerships between the UK and US, working on over 20 UK/US transfers and London productions.
Tom serves as Vice-President of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN), the Board of Managers of Audience Rewards, and the Finance Committee of the National Alliance for Musical Theater. Previously he served as the Founding Managing Director of Pepperdine University’s Center for the Arts in Malibu, the Executive Director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver, and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay.
He holds an MBA in Arts Management from Golden Gate University, as well as a BA in Music Performance from Pepperdine University where he also attended Law School. He has been a lecturer in arts management at Davidson College.
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