Carolyn Rossi Copeland has spent her career discovering and nurturing talent, and fostering artistic collaborations. Her work has taken her throughout the world. She has served as Producing Artistic Director of The Lamb's Theatre Company in New York City and as Vice President of Creative Affairs for Radio City Entertainment and Madison Square Garden Productions. She is an Independent Producer who also serves as the Executive Producer of Strouse IP, the company that produces and licenses the works of the award-winning composer Charles Strouse. She oversees the negotiations and licensing of Broadway Productions, National Tours and International Tours and special events.
She is an honors graduate of Tulane University. She was employed by the Honorable Peter W. Rodino, Jr. as a Congressional Assistant on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. Ms. Rossi Copeland left Congressman Rodino's office to embark on a new venture in New York City, the creation of The Lamb's Theatre Company.
She built the company into a multimillion-dollar business. Her creative vision propelled the company into the New York City cultural scene as a major not-for-profit arts institution. Carolyn served as Artistic Director of several national and international tours (Russia, Belarus, Japan, and South Korea).
Ms. Rossi Copeland was selected by Madison Square Garden/Radio City Entertainment to oversee the unique and sensitive task of the re-opening of The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway. This production made Broadway history as the first musical to be re-written and re-cast while still running on Broadway. She also oversaw the national tour and a third move on Broadway. She was promoted to Vice-President of Creative Affairs for Radio City Entertainment and oversaw the development of new theatrical projects and all-star casting for: A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz. She created and conducted a national publicity star search for the role of Dorothy and created a program for the development of young dancers as potential talent for The Rockettes. She was also a Creative Consultant to The Gaylord Group, which owns and operated The Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Ms. Rossi Copeland is also a special events producer. She produced and directed the Governor and First Lady's Inaugural Family Celebration. She volunteered her time to create and produce the first youth Christmas Celebration in the Republic of Belarus and directed the international tour of KRINCHKA, A Belarus Children's Choir, which toured the U.S. in memory of the Chernobyl explosion.
Carolyn is the recipient of Drama Desk and Obie nominations and awards and is a member of several professional organizations.
She has been an active Board Member of The New Harmony Project, a developmental writers conference, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project and The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. She also served a four year term as a publicly elected trustee on the Garrison Union Free School Board. She is married to architect James Masson Copeland, a principal of the firm Hudson Design. She and her husband are the parents of four fantastic girls: Margaret, an actress and comedian, Beatrice, a budding film producer, and twins Marion and Eugenia, both in college.
Robert E. Schneider grew up on Long Island and received a BA in Theatre from Hampshire College and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He began his theatre career as an associate at the Theatre Guild where he worked on the national tours of Shirley Valentine (starring Loretta Swit); Stieglitz Loves O’Keeffe (starring Stacey Keach and Margot Kidder); Love Letters; and Driving Miss Daisy (starring Dorothy Loudon) as well as the national tour and Broadway engagement of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair. He was the Assistant Company Manager for the 1996-97 production of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden (starring Tony Randall and Ben Vereen).
Highlights of Robert’s eleven year association with Maria Di Dia as a General Manager/Associate General Manager/Company Manager include Blue Man Group; Broadway On The Bay (International Naval Review/OpSail2000 on July 4, 2000); several years of Broadway On Broadway; several years of Stars in the Alley; several years of Nothing Like A Dame (benefitting the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of the Actors’ Fund of America); The Donkey Show; Charles Aznavour On Broadway; Paul McKenna’s Hypnotic World; Saint Lucy’s Eyes (starring Ruby Dee); Dragapella! Starring the Kinsey Sicks; Love, Janis; Zanna, Don’t!; Nobody Don’t Like Yogi (at The Lamb’s Theater, starring Ben Gazzara); Here Lies Jenny (starring Bebe Neuwirth); Address Unknown (starring Jim Dale and William Atherton); The Downtown Plays at the Tribeca Theatre Festival; Joy; Hilda; and Sealed For Freshness.
Robert was the General Manager for Backhouse Productions’ presentation of Anne Nelson’s Savages and was also one of the co-Producers of the acclaimed 2006 NYMF production of Josh Walden’s All Is Love. Robert was a Producer and the General Manager of off-Broadway’s Summer ’69 and was the Producer for Jaradoa Theater productions of Serenade; The Small of Her Back; and I’ll Be Damned as well as the Associate Producer of Shafrika, The White Girl.
With Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert was the General and Company Manager for two engagements of Flamingo Court at New World Stages; the General Manager of An Error of the Moon; and is the General and Company Manager of the off-Broadway hit production of Freud’s Last Session at The Deane Little Theater and New World Stages; the General Manager for the recently opened production of Freud’s Last Session at the Mercury Theater in Chicago; and the General Manager for the pre-Broadway musical Amazing Grace.
He is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey, is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) and has been a long-time advisor to NYC’s Access Theater.
Katy Wadsworth is a recent graduate from Elon University with a B.A. in Biology. Raised in St. Louis, MO, it was always her plan to return to the midwest and teach High School Biology. Along she way, she interned with CRC Productions and fell in love with the theatre world. She is now pursuing a career in theatre production and assisting Robert & Carolyn in all their endeavors.