Producing Artistic Director – Chad Rabinovitz
Chad Rabinovitz is the Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project (Bloomington, IN). In addition to producing new works, Chad has directed more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary plays and musicals. He has managed multiple new works companies, created the acclaimed Adirondack Film Festival, and is currently the Producer of Arts Fair on the Square and the Creative Director for 2 Astronaut Productions, LLC.
Under Rabinovitz’s tenure, the Bloomington Playwrights Project has undergone what Bloom Magazine calls “a near miraculous renaissance.” Taking the helm of a theatre nearing six-figures in debt, Rabinovitz quintupled its subscribership, erased all debt, vastly expanded its education program, completed a full-building renovation, doubled the operating budget, increased its community partnerships, greatened the company’s national renown, and sold more tickets in a single season than in its 40 year history. Now leading the theater for more than 10 years, Rabinovitz has led BPP to two additional major milestones: purchasing its building and selling out every single performance of every production for 5 straight years.
From 2014-2021, he was the only artist in the United States to have simultaneously served as the Producing Artistic Director of two theaters devoted to new works when he also led the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY). At ATF, Chad grew attendance from 5,700 to over 14,000. He doubled subscribership, broke numerous box office records, introduced innovative children’s programming, and produced multiple best-selling-selling shows in ATF’s history. Chad also created the nationally recognized Adirondack Film Festival, which under his 5-year leadership became a FilmFreeway Top 10 Festival (out of 9,000).
In 2020, Rabinovitz created In the Box Entertainment, the world’s first season of interactive virtual theatre. It went on to entertain more than 8,000 patrons across 37 states and in countries across the globe. During one of the toughest times in theatre history, In the Box Entertainment generated a profit for BPP & ATF as well for the 25 theatres that licensed and presented the shows that Rabinovitz directed. He has since formed Two Astronaut Productions, which creates virtual entertainment for corporate clients that include Fortune 500 companies.
For his achievements, Rabinovitz was the recipient of Bloomington’s Manager of the Year Award, the Downtown Revitalization Award, Bloomington’s Attraction of the Year Award, Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award, and was honored with being on the cover of Bloom Magazine where he’s referred to as “a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader.” He was named one of the 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington and was honored with Bloomington’s 10 Under 40 award as well as Glens Falls’ 20 Under 40 award in the same month. Chad is a candy lover and proud graduate of Advanced Adult Space Camp
Managing Director – Brad Schiesser
Brad Schiesser is the Managing Director of Bloomington Playwrights Project. Before taking the job at BPP, he worked for many years in fundraising for Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield Massachusetts. An Indiana native from South Bend, he holds both a BA in Theatre and Drama and a MA of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University. He firmly believes that new work is the lifeblood of theatre and is proud to help the BPP bring these amazing artists and writers visions to life.
Production and Administrative Staff
General Inquiries: [email protected]
Questions About Script Submissions: [email protected]
Associate Artistic Director: Paul Daily
Education Director: Eric Shelley
Marketing and Development Associate: Lina Millsap
Literary Manager: Susan Jones
Artistic and Managing Associate: Aaliyah Darling
Technical Director: Richard I. Landon
Resident Scenic Designer: David Wade
Sound Engineer / Master Electrician: Thomas Tiggleman
Resident Costume Designers: Kayla Cieslinski