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Van Kaplan Bio

Van Kaplan (Executive Producer) joined Pittsburgh CLO in 1997. In addition to overseeing the organization’s year-round producing and programming efforts, he has produced or co-produced the Broadway productions of Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, The Addams Family and the upcoming production of An American in Paris. He has also produced touring productions of Camelot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom, Singin’ in the Rain, Chess, Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Evita, Brigadoon and Nunsense II. His directorial credits include Guys and Dolls with Victoria Clark, She Loves Me, West Side Story with Max Von Essen and Ali Ewoldt, Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom, On the Town, Sweeney Todd with Candy Buckley, South Pacific with Cathy Rigby, Nunsense, Shear Madness, Ruthless!, Guys and Dolls with Georgia Engel and the regional premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues at Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theater. Since 2009 he has directed The Jimmy™ Awards at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. He has also directed original shows for Caesars Entertainment at the Rio, Paris and Bally’s Hotels in Las Vegas. He has consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts, is a former Theatre Panel chair for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and has served as adjunct professor for Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Arts Management Program. He is on the Board of The Broadway League, serves on the Investment Committee of the Independent Presenters Network (IPN) and is past president of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). He is the Co-founder of the National High School Musical Theater Awards - also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, the subject of a 3-part documentary series that aired nationally on PBS. He has been a Tony Awards® voter for more than 20 years.