#SKYNOValumni Ep 3 - Jim Simmelman & Tom Viola

#SKYNOValumni Ep 3 - Jim Simmelman & Tom Viola


#SKYNOVA co-host Tim Cynova sits down with two alums of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Tom Viola and Jim Simmelman. Discussion includes their paths in life, saying "yes" to every opportunity, never burning bridges, and President Carter. Join the UC-CCM Alumni in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cincinnati for Meetups. Find out more: http://www.meetup.com/UC-CCM-Alumni/ **JIM SIMMELMAN** Jim has been with NBC for over 17 years and for the past 11 years he has been a Floor Director and Segment Producer on NBC's Today Show. Prior to the Today Show, Jim held the position of Stage Manager on NBC's soap opera Another World. Mr. Semmelman created, directed and choreographed the international Broadway revue SRO Standing Room Only and also created, wrote the music and lyrics, directs and co-produces MOOSELTOE and children's Christmas "moosical" that tours each holiday season. He is also proud to direct and manage international singing sensation Lucy Shropshire. He also directed major benefits including the American Theatre League honoring CBS's Les Moonves and the incomparable Jerry Herman. Mr. Semmelman's long association with Mr. Ivan dates back to the early 90's where he served as an associate producer/stage manager on various industrial productions for numerous Fortune 500 companies including Equitable Life, Deloitte & Touche and IBM. Jim has been affiliated with show business in one form or another since early childhood where he appeared in regional commercials and on stage nationally and internationally. While in college at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music he began his transition to the other side of the footlights producing, directing and stage managing. These skills brought him to Broadway and to national and international touring. Jim is a member of the Director's Guild of America and Actors Equity Association. **TOM VIOLA** Tom is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the nation's leading industry-based not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1987, BC/EFA has raised over $130 million for critically needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families nationwide. BC/EFA presents six major annual events each year ? The Broadway Flea Market, The Gypsy of the Year Competition, The Broadway Bears Auction, Nothing Like a Dame, The Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Bares in addition to other on-going efforts and scores of other one-time fundraising events. BC/EFA supports six programs at The Actors'Fund of America: The AIDS Initiative; The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; The Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic at The Aurora; two supportive housing residences and The Actors'Work Program. In addition, BC/EFA awards grants to over 450 AIDS and family service organizations in 47 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Viola was the founding administrative director of Equity Fights AIDS in 1988, saw through its merger with Broadway Cares in 1992 and has been Executive Director of BC/EFA since 1997. From 1996-2000 he wrote Broadway On Broadway, a live outdoor concert in Times Square for The League of American Theatres and Producers ? which was televised by WNBC for the first time in September 2000. He wrote the script for Carnegie Hall's Lerner And Loewe And.."A Tribute to Alan Jay Lerner" (June, 2000) as well as A Celebration Of The Hollywood Musical (January, 2000) for the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Carnegie Hall's A Tribute To Comden And Green (September 1999). He co-wrote with Ms. Dewhurst and completed Colleen Dewhurst: Her Autobiography published by Scribner (1996) and is the co-author of Broadway: Day & Night, published by Pocket Books (1992).

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