The New York Musical Theatre Festival, which recently concluded its 10th anniversary season, has named Dan Markley as its new executive director and producer. Markley replaces NYMF cofounder Isaac Robert Hurwitz, who has decided to step down from his position in order to focus on his independent producing projects and his creative consulting business.
After graduating from Florida State University, Markley's brief career as an actor in Washington, D.C., inspired him to cofound the nonprofit So Far Theatre Company. He also spent several years in Washington as a senior producer with the USO, traveling the globe with world-renowned stars such as Bob Hope, Randy Travis, and Pearl Bailey.
After moving to New York with his wife in 1990, he served as an associate producer of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's Oleanna, later coproducing a number of off-Broadway productions, including Stomp, The Vagina Monologues, and Shockheaded Peter. His numerous Broadway credits also include Damn Yankees, High Fidelity, On the Waterfront, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. In 2012, Markley became a management and programming consultant to the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation to assist in launching its nonprofit Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center.
"We are thrilled to have someone as talented and experienced as Dan to take the reins of NYMF," said board chairman Martin Grant. "We met many capable people in the course of our search but Dan has it all. He has worked in both commercial theater and the nonprofit world, and he has led organizations and has a vision of where he thinks we should be going. We feel fortunate to have him."
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity that has been created by the vision and extraordinary commitment of Isaac, the board, and staff over the past decade," Markley said. "The development of new musicals will always be equal parts thrilling and challenging. I'm excited to lead this institution as we continue to explore new ways to support the creative and performing artists bringing new works to life."